Track It Down in Seattle

Fellow ACEP Members,

For those who made the trip to Denver this past October, hopefully you were able to “add more science to your Scientific Assembly experience” by visiting the ACEP Research Forum.  The forum included both oral and poster presentations highlighting cutting-edge research in our field.  The Forum featured an expert panel discussing abstracts that have significant implications for emergency medicine practice or research.  Last year marked the first for the ACEP Research Forum Scavenger Hunt.  In order to bring additional interest, and add a little fun to the Research Forum, a scavenger hunt was created with collaboration from the researchers themselves.

The scavenger hunt consisted of a set of questions for each day of the forum for non-researchers reviewing the posters to complete.  The answers could be found in the poster presentations and each question was followed by a clue to guide you along the way.  Questions for the hunt were contributed by over forty of the presenting researchers.  The contributors were enthusiastic about the scavenger hunt, stating “It’s a great idea!! Very excited about it.” Another researcher appreciated that “It helped me not wait until the last minute to do my poster.”  Summing up the goal of the scavenger hunt well, another contributor commented, “Thanks for increasing the awareness of the research projects.

Those who completed the scavenger hunt were submitted into a drawing for prizes: Virtual ACEP membership and ACEP bookstore gift certificates.  One participant who completed the Scavenger Hunt commented, “It forced you to get a look at the whole range of research EM physicians are involved in, instead of gravitating only to your area of interest.”

Cutting edge research is presented every year at the research forum by hard working practitioners in our field.  Efforts to increase awareness and participation by non-researchers in the forum should be continued.  The Scavenger Hunt is again being planned for the upcoming conference, ACEP13 in Seattle. Be on the lookout for a new and improved Scavenger Hunt with improved convenience and ease of access.  Of course, don’t forget about the exciting ACEP prizes for those cunning enough to navigate the hunt!

Alicia Glynn, MD
Resident, EM-3
Case Western Reserve University/Metro Health Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

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