Message from the Department Chair

chanskyIt is with great personal pride that our Department graduated its 22nd class of residents this past June, and began our 25th full year. Late summer and fall is always a very exciting time of year, as we’ve said goodbye to our graduates who are settled into new fellowships and positions, have welcomed and oriented our intern class and began mentoring new senior students rotating in the Department. Protecting all staff and adjusting our coverage while enhancing clinical education has been our priority during COVID. During these challenging times I hear from many of our recent graduates who embraced and benefited from our Department’s culture of learning, teamwork and mentorship.  This past fall we met the challenge to assist Drexel /Hahnemann EM trainees, welcoming seven residents and gaining RRC approval to expand to 13 residents per year! This is a typical note received from alumni:

“A card is not enough to express my gratitude for everything you have provided me and the program. You have taught me so many pearls in the ED, and thank you for trusting me to care for your patients, giving me confidence, and for helping shape me to become a professional, competent, compassionate attending, with attention to longevity through wellness. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Cooper University Health Care is vibrant and thriving in South Jersey. Our ED census topped 82,000 patients in 2019 with almost 15,000 being children. I have been in a leadership role at Cooper and our medical school (Cooper Medical School of Rowan University) for 35 years and Emergency Medicine has the utmost respect of all departments and the Dean. In 1995. our residency was accredited, in 1997 we were the 54th academic department of Emergency Medicine established in the country, and in 2016 CMSRU graduated its first class. In 2004 we joined an elite group of departments of emergency medicine with NIH grant support, which continues to this day. I am actively involved in every strategic decision that impacts Emergency Medicine, and meet regularly with the Co-presidents of Cooper University Health Care, and the Dean of CMSRU. In addition, my appointment on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Chairs at Cooper has provided me the opportunity to represent all faculty and physicians as a whole. This means I have support to continually improve operations in the ED, our residency, fellowships, student programs, and clinical research. We had a central role in the exciting development and maturation of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, South Jersey's first four-year allopathic school. Our fifth class graduated in May, and we have 10 CMSRU graduates in our residency program! Our ninth class just started, residing in our state-of-the art CMSRU building next door, with a modern, shared simulation center open.

Our graduates are extremely competitive in academic, fellowship, and community positions. The central theme of training at Cooper is our residents’ sense of ownership of our department from day one and my commitment to maintaining the balance of service and education in the ED. Expertise in all areas of EM with specific emphasis in critical care, interpreting EKGs, advanced approach to narcotic-addicted patients, systems-based practice, billing/coding, QI/QA education, and patient experience education makes our graduates very attractive. We have a unique focus training our residents administratively, and teach how to negotiate their finances post training. We provide the highest quality emergency care for our patients, while teaching the future clinicians and leaders of our specialty. You will not find a more supportive environment in which to train. I look forward to focusing all my efforts, and those of my diverse talented faculty, to your education in the Emergency Department.

Our Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine provides state-of-the-art pediatric care and education in an adjacent yet separate eight-bed pediatric ED. Ultrasound is utilized daily in our practice diagnostically and therapeutically, in the ED, Trauma, and ICU and we’ve trained and retained our first US fellow. We are actively involved in the Camden community, including grant support for victims of violence, outpatient addiction services, EMS leadership, and local educational speaking engagements. We have funded several initiatives to study and address ED throughput, utilize a modular curriculum, expanded faculty coverage of the ED for specific teaching, implemented “split flow” front end care of patients, and received over $800,000 in NIH grant support. Our department interfaces with the hospital and outpatient centers via digital PAX radiography and EPIC/Clin Doc EMR. We have developed three unique EM-run community Urgent Care Centers, which support Cooper’s overall mission. A 14,000 square foot addition and complete renovation of the ED was completed in June of 2010, and Cooper University Hospital has added much-needed critical care and operating room space, an expanded monitored clinical decision unit (run by ED nursing), and our split-flow evaluation area was completed in June 2018. Our expertise was sought by a local rural hospital in Salem, and Cooper emergency physicians (all residency alumni) and hospitalists have been providing care at Salem Medical Center since July 2015.

I take the time to meet and welcome every interviewee to our department. Visiting students have not had the opportunity to rotate through our department, but we will ensure you have ample time to talk to our residents and alumni. Your biggest challenge will be selecting the program that fits your individual career goals.

I hope this additional information assists you in your decision. My office door is always open, and I encourage you to contact me, our Program Director, individual faculty, or any of our past or current residents with any further questions. We practice academic emergency medicine with a superb nursing staff and support services. My faculty love emergency medicine at Cooper, and our residents are very special, integral members of our department. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to join us!

Michael Chansky, MD
Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University