Research Opportunities

Students enrolled in the B.S. in EMS major are required to complete the EMS Capstone course (EMD 498) in senior year. Students enrolled in the EMS minor may take this course as a selective.  As part of this course, students may work on an ongoing research project or one of their own design. If a student chooses to enroll in this course they will be expected to produce an abstract of suitable quality to be presented at a local, regional or national scientific meeting. All projects and plan for capstone coursework must be approved by Dr. Gaither and the program manager prior to enrollment.

Past research presented at national meetings by our students and faculty:

Field A, Reisenauer C, Nuno T, Tolson JP, Chea I, Rice AD, Gaither JB. Correlation of End-Tidal and Venous Carbon Dioxide Following Intubation of Patients with Severe Trauma. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Las Vegas, NV. May 14-17, 2019.

Gaither JB, Urquijo M, Chikani V, Blust B, Knoles C, Donofrio JJ, Rice AD, Denninghoff K, Bobrow BJ, Spaite DW, Woolridge D. Use of Supplemental Data Fields to Identify Additional Cases of Potential Abusive Head Trauma. Presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Western Regional Meeting. Napa, CA. March 22, 2019

Davidson SD, Field AM, Anvar E, Nuno T, Tolson JP, Chea I, Drake TM, Cohen SE, Gormley JJ, Rice AD, Gaither JB. Hyper/Hypoventilation Following Intubation for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Adult vs. Pediatric Patients. Presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Western Regional Meeting. Napa, CA. March 22, 2019

Anvar E, Field AM, Nuno T, Tolson JP, Chea I, Davidson SD, Drake TM, Cohen SE, Gormley JJ, Rice AD, Gaither JB. Differences in Ventilation Among Trauma Cases Intubated using Succinylcholine Versus Rocuronium. Presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Western Regional Meeting. Napa, CA. March 22, 2019.

Hudson M, Lin J, Eppich CI, Hannan P, Hartley M, Rice AD, Gaither JB. Comparison of Comfort and Presence of Skin Irritation In Non-Injured Volunteers Wearing Semi-rigid and Soft Cervical Collars. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 7-12, 2019, Austin, Texas.

Gaul C, Rice AD, Castro-Marin F, Blust RN, Chikani V, Vossbrink A, Tolson J, Bobrow BJ, Gaither JB. Why Are Long Spinal Boards Used in Prehospital Cases with Retrospective Diagnosed Spinal Cord Injury? Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 7-12, 2019, Austin, Texas. 

Enriquez NA, Janajreh YM, Tolson JP, Mhayamaguru KM, Rice AD, Smith JJ, Spaite DW, Draper S, Duncan D, Gaither JB. Case Series Illustrating Adverse Reactions to Prehospital Administration of Low Dose Ketamine for Pain Control. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 7-12, 2019, Austin, Texas.

Barnhart BJ, Spaite DW, Helfenbein E, Babaieizadeh S, Jorgenson D, Hu C, Gaither JB, Rice A, Keim SM, Perez O: End-Tidal CO2 Monitoring in Non-Intubated Traumatic Brain Injury: Patients Receiving O2 Via Nasal Cannula Versus Non-Rebreather Mask.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 7-12, 2019, Austin, Texas.

Roberts S, Murugesan A, Tolson JP, Gaither JB, Patanwal S, Rice AD, Beskind D, Bradshaw H. Implementation of a Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policy by a Large Public University is Not Associated with an Increase in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Alcohol-Related Patient Encounters. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 7-12, 2019, Austin, Texas.

Spaite DW, Hu C, Bobrow BJ, Barnhart BJ, Chikani V, Gaither JB, Denninghoff K, Rice A, Keim SM.  Differential Effects of Prehospital Hypotension and Injury Severity in Isolated Versus Multisystem Major Traumatic Brain Injury.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 7-12, 2019, Austin, Texas.

Gaither JB, Bradshaw HR, Smith JJ, Waters K, Spaite DW. Development of a Novel Course to Integrate EMS Fellow, Emergency Medicine Resident, and Undergraduate Education in EMS Systems Organization and Deployment. Poster presentation to the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 22-24, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Perez O, Spaite DW, Helfenbein E, Babaeizadeh S, Jorgenson D, Hu C, Gaither JB, Rice A, Keim SM, Barnhart BJ. Prehospital End-Tidal CO2 Measurement in Non-intubated Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: Concordance Between EMS Provider Documentation and Non-Invasive Monitor Data Tracking.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 7-12, 2019, Austin, Texas. 

Gaither JB, Fletcher P, Rice A, Castro-Marin F, Blust R, Chikani V, Vossbrink A, Navaro T, Bobrow B. Does an Emergency Medical Services Protocol Decrease Spinal Board Use in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury? Annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Indianapolis, IN; May 2018.

Rice AD, Gaither JB, Spaite DW, Chikani V, Wentworth S, Vadeboncoeur T, George TA, Mullins T, Bobrow BJ.  Rearrest Incidence and Post-ROSC Rhythms after Prehospital Return of Spontaneous Circulation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Presented to the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 10-13, 2018, San Diego, California.

Mhayamaguru KM, Bellafiore AL, Lederer ET, Youngs CR, French RNE, Gaither JB, Waters KE, Walter FG. Prehospital Availability and Use of Medications for Managing Hazmat Emergencies. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 10-13, 2018, San Diego, CA.

Castro-Martin F, Gaither JB, Whitney J, McDonald A, Marcuzzo C, Navarro T, Maher S, Razo A, Chick R. Impact of an On-Site Mass Gathering Alcohol Sobering Facility on Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Department Resource Utilization. Presented to the National Association of EMS Physician Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2017.

Bradshaw H, Harris SM, Dander SJ, Hughes BW, Saxman ZJ, Berkman M, Gaither JB. Effects of a Transit Strike on EMS Transports and Emergency Department Patient Volumes.  Presented to the National Association of EMS Physician Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2017.

Castro-Marin F, Gaither JB, Blust RN, Chikani V, Vossbrink A, Martinez R, Bobrow BJ. Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury Before and After Implementation of Selective Spinal Motion Restriction Protocols. Presented to the National Association of EMS Physician Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2017.

Gaither JB, Chikani V, Spaite DW, Stolz U, Garrison S, Smith J, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Denninghoff K, Bobrow BJ. Association Between Initial Trauma Center Body Temperature and Mortality from Major Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presentation to the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 22-24, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Gaither JB, Chikani V, Spaite DW, Smith JJ, Curry M, Mhayamaguru M, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Denninghoff KR, Bobrow B. Association Between Elevated Initial Trauma Center Body Temperature and Non-Mortality Outcomes Following Major Traumatic Brain Injury. November 8, 2015, Orlando Florida. 

Gaither JB, Hu C, Bobrow BJ, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Denninghoff KR, Spaite DW. Age-Related Risk of Death in Patients With Major TBI:  Implications for Trauma Triage Guidelines. January 15, 2016, San Diego, California.

Gaither JB, Chikani V, Spaite DW, Smith JJ, Curry M, Mhayamaguru M, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Denninghoff KR, Bobrow B. Elevated Initial Trauma Center Body Temperature Are Associated With Poor Non-Mortality Outcomes Following Major Traumatic Brain Injury. January 14, 2016, San Diego, California.