It is with great personal pride that our Department graduated its 21st class of residents this past July, and began our 24th 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 positions, have welcomed and oriented an eager intern class and began mentoring new senior students rotating in the Department. We also opened a 6000 SF innovative split flow (iTrack) area to the ED, and expanded our faculty coverage. During this transition I tend to hear from many of our recent graduates who have embraced our Department’s culture of learning, teamwork and mentorship. We are proud of every one of our graduates. The most recent note I received in August, ‘18:
“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!”
The Cooper Health System is vibrant and thriving in South Jersey and our ED census topped 81,000 patients in 2018 with over 16,000 being children. I have been in a leadership role at Cooper and our Medical School (now Cooper Medical School of Rowan University) for 34 years and Emergency Medicine has the utmost respect of all Departments and the Dean. In 1995 our residency was accredited, 1997 we were the 54th academic department of Emergency Medicine established in the country, and in 2016 CMS/RU graduated its 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 Hospital, 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 the physicians as a whole. This means I have the clout and authority to continually improve operations in the ED, our residency, fellowships, student programs, and clinical research. We had a central role in the exciting development of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, South Jersey's first four-year allopathic school. Our 4th class graduated in May, and we have five CMSRU graduates in our residency program! Our 8th class just started, residing in our new state of the art CMSRU building next door, with a modern simulation center under construction and soon to 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 maintaining the balance of service and education. Expertise in all areas of EM especially advanced airway management, interpreting EKGs, disaster preparedness and EMS, ultrasound, pediatrics, trauma, critical care, toxicology, advanced approach to narcotic addicted patients, goal-directed therapy in sepsis and, induced hypothermia in cardiac arrest, makes our graduates very attractive. We have succeeded meeting our goal of providing the highest quality emergency care for our patients, while teaching the future clinicians and leaders of our specialty. My personal philosophy is to work diverse clinical shifts, which allows me to get to know and interact with every resident and many rotating students. 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 8 bed Pediatric ED. Ultrasound is utilized daily in our practice diagnostically and therapeutically, both in the ED and ICU and we’ve trained and retained our first US fellow. We are actively involved in the Camden community, grant support for victims of violence, provide outpatient addiction services and provide EMS leadership, cutting edge addiction services 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 Community Hospital since July, 2015.
I take the time to meet and welcome every interviewee to our Department and should you decide to interview, I am confident you will find the time committed worthwhile. Students who have not had the opportunity to rotate through our department will have ample time to talk to our residents. Your biggest challenge will be selecting the program that fits your individual needs.
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 future questions. You are always welcome to spend an evening with any faculty member during a clinical shift to better appreciate our unique, culture and atmosphere. 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