Emergency medicine takes honors at state meeting

Emergency medicine residents win first in the SimWars competition.

Emergency medicine residents win first in the SimWars competition.

The Department of Emergency Medicine reigned as champions at the Texas College of Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting held in Frisco, Texas, April 11-14.

The department received two first-place group awards and two individual awards at the association’s meeting, which was the organization’s largest annual meeting to date.

A UTHealth team comprised of emergency medicine residents Drs. Arif Azam, Adam Blystra, Peter Carlson, Daniel de los Santos, Josh Laird, Eric LeFebvre, Sonali Patel, Andy Potter, and medical student Bryan Darger won first place in the organization’s Emergency Medicine Jeopardy competition.

UTHealth emergency medicine wins first place in Jeopardy competition.

UTHealth emergency medicine wins first place in Jeopardy competition.

And UTHealth residents Drs. Adam Blystra, Josh Laird, Andy Potter, and Jeff Stowell beat out all other emergency residency teams in the state to take first in the association’s 2013 SimWars, which is a competition involving patient simulation cases.

Dr. Arlo Weltge, clinical professor of emergency medicine, received the James E. Hayes

Dr. Arlo Weltge

Dr. Arlo Weltge

Award for outstanding contribution in emergency medicine from the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. Weltge is a graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine.

Resident Dr. Ije Akunyili received the association’s Michael P. Wainscott Award for outstanding contribution in patient and family centered health care.

Dr. Ije Akunyili

Dr. Ije Akunyili

“These awards are evidence of the strength of our training program and the quality of our amazing faculty and residents,” said Dr. Brent King, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. “The UT Houston Emergency Medicine Residency has gone from nearly being closed, to one of the best in the nation in a little over a decade, and I am extremely proud of the faculty members and residents who have made this possible.”

The Texas College of Emergency Physicians has more than 1,650 emergency physician members in Texas who work together for the common goal of furthering the specialty of emergency medicine.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

  • Stan Schultz

    Congratulations to a great team and a terrific leader.