Press Releases

April 9th, 2018

WestJEM is proud to have sponsored the AAEM/RSA WestJEM Population Health Research Competition

The competition showcased medical student and resident research specifically in areas that affect the health of populations of patients in and around the ED. This competition is one of the ways in which WestJEM actively supports scholarly publishing from junior faculty by devoting additional space, consideration and editorial support.
Of the outstanding submissions, the top six abstracts were selected for oral presentation and judging at AAEM18, after which the top three were awarded with one first place winner and two runners-up. A special thank you to our judges, Dr. Rick McPheeters, Dr. Jessica Fujimoto, and Dr. Puja Gopal.
Congratulations to the three top abstract presenters, their mentors and research collaborators!
First Place:
“Evidence for Social Disparities in ED Hallway Bed Assignment”
David A. Kim, MD PhD
Stanford Medicine
Two Runner Ups (Listed in Alphabetical Order):
“Opt-out Emergency Department Screening of HIV and HCV in a Large Urban Academic Center”
Emily M. Ball, MD MPH
Jackson Memorial Hospital
“The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Primary Care Treatability of Emergency Department Visits”
Luther Walls
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


 April 5th, 2018

WestJEM Article by Ferguson et al., from Washington University School of Medicine, featured in R.E.B.E.L EM

This is the first published study to date assessing the linkage between slide design and CME speaker evaluations by an audience of practicing clinicians. The incorporation of images was associated with higher evaluation scores, in alignment with Mayer’s theory of multimedia learning. R.E.B.E.L EM featured this article to discuss the association of lecture slide design and speaker evaluations.

January 1st, 2018

WestJEM is very proud to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary

The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM) is very proud to be celebrating 10 years as the premier open-access Medline-indexed EM journal in the world. WestJEM focuses on how social conditions impact the composition of patients seeking care in emergency departments worldwide. WestJEM publishes six full-text open access online issues per year with 23,000+ distribution. We have had over 8.2 million downloads in the past 10 years, and now average more than 150,000 per month. WestJEM actively supports scholarly publishing from junior faculty by devoting additional space, consideration and editorial support. Our partner Journal, Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine was created to encourage publications by junior faculty, fellows, and residents. We are also very proud of our educational collaborations on the CDEM/CORD Education Research and Practice yearly issues, CORD Academic Assembly Abstract Issue, MEMC GREAT Abstract Issue, CORD Clinical Pathological Cases (CPC) publications, and the University of Maryland CPC publications.

We would like to offer our deepest thanks to our sponsors: California ACEP, ACOEP and California AAEM, our 81 department subscribers, 6 AAEM State Chapter Subscribers, our 65 section editors and editorial board members, hundreds of reviewers, our dedicated team members, and our publisher, the Department at Emergency Medicine at UC Irvine, that have made it possible for us to thrive. Thank you to our authors and readers who are the reason we all work so hard for WestJEM.

November 22nd, 2017

Joint Statement from the Emergency Medicine Community on the Loss of Dr. Kevin Rogers

All of us here from the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine would like to offer our deepest sympathies and condolences for the family and friends of Dr. Kevin Rogers.

October 10th, 2017

Editorial by Langdorf outlines WestJEM’s growing impact factor through robust indexing

One of the measures of a successful journal is its ability to make its published research available to other researchers, policy makers and thought leaders through robust indexing. WestJEM is indexed in all the world’s sources, including MEDLINE/Index Medicus, PubMed, PubMed Central, Europe PubMed Central, Embase, EBSCO/CINAHL, SCOPUS, HINARI (World Health Organization journal list) and Clarivate (formerly Thomson-Reuters) Emerging Sources Index. As an open access journal, we are members of the Directory of Open Access Journals, which indexes our abstracts.

June 22nd, 2017

Department Subscriber Article processing fee waiver changes for manuscripts accepted starting July 1, 2017

The article processing fee (APF) guidelines for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM). With your support, our department subscriptions have increased to 80 departments and we have waived 140 manuscript APFs ($56,000 waived) during the past two academic years. Our department subscription is our effort to promote open access publishing for junior faculty and fellows, while minimizing costs to academic departments. Each waived APF for a paper from a sponsoring department means lost revenue, as the administrative costs of producing the journal continue to rise. WestJEM remains the lowest cost fully open access Medline indexed EM journal.

June 1st, 2017

WestJEM Article by Pallin et al., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Featured in Medscape

The Infectious Diseases Society of America recommends that patients with cellulitis without systemic signs of infection, penetrating trauma, evidence of MRSA elsewhere, or injection drug use should receive an antimicrobial agent active only against streptococci. However, the Original Research paper titled “Skin Infections and Antibiotic Stewardship: Analysis of Emergency Department Prescribing Practices, 2007-2010″ by Pallin, MD, MPH, et al., illustrates the concerns with physicians prescribing medications that include MRSA activity for simple cellulitis.

May 18th, 2017

WestJEM Article by Ben-Yakov et al., from University of Toronto, Featured in U.S. News & World Report

The use of search engines and online social media (OSM) websites by healthcare providers is increasing and may even be used to search for patient information. This raises several ethical issues that are discussed in an Original Research paper titled “Do Emergency Physicians and Medical Students Find It Unethical to ‘Look up’ Their Patients on Facebook or Google” by Ben-Yakov, MD, et al. The article was referenced to further elaborate on this prevalent and growing discussion.

March 19th, 2017

WestJEM would like to congratulate the winners of the AAEM/RSA Paper Competition!

WestJEM, in partnership with the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA), is proud to recognize the winners of the AAEM/RSA WestJEM Population Health Research Compeition. The competition was designed to recognize and promote junior scholarship specifically in areas that affect the health of patient populations. WestJEM sponsored competition awards were presented at the AAEM Scientific Assembly in Orlando on March 19th, 2017.

1st Place
Daniel Gingold, MD MPH
University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine
The Impact of Maryland’s Medicaid Expansion on Emergency Department High Utilizers


Nhan Do, MD
Kern Medical Center
Combating the Methamphetamine Epidemic: Education is Insufficient


Zachary Olson, MD
St Thomas Health University of Tennessee Health Science Center Murfreesboro / Nashville
Patient Satisfaction Scores Following Food Snack Intervention



March 10th, 2017

Dr. Peter Bell Appointed Dean of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

WestJEM would like to congratulate Dr. Peter Bell on his recent appointment as Dean of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine!  Dr. Bell has not only been a longtime supporter of WestJEM, he has led a meritorious career both as an academic and as a clinician. His unique qualification as an educator and an innovator will certainly lead to promising and successful leadership. Once again, congratulations to Dr. Bell and his family!

February 14th, 2017

WestJEM Article by Dr. Amit Chandra, Mentioned in NY Times Article

‘Airline carriers have a long tradition of serving peanuts on flights, and often serve little else. But the practice also presents a challenge to travelers with severe nut allergies, who can suffer a reaction simply by touching a surface that has been exposed to nuts.’  Dr. Amit Chandra’s article published in WestJEM titled, “In-flight Emergencies was featured to further elaborate on the frequency of in-flight allergic emergencies. The study serves a pivotal role in guiding future management of such occurrences.


January 31st, 2017

WestJEM article by Dr. Brad Shy, MD, discusses how the Trump presidency has and will continue to affect emergency care delivery

In his commentary piece titled “Immigrants, the Emergency Physician and Election Day,” Dr. Brad Shy discusses how the Trump presidency may affect not only the lives of immigrant patients, but also on Emergency Medicine as a specialty. Dr. Shy provides a brief perspective on caring for immigrant patients and working with colleagues from immigrant communities.

Please read the full article here.


January 28th, 2017

Special Issue in Educational Research and Practice from CDEM and CORD Now Available Online!

Please read full issue here.



January 24th, 2017

Dr. Shahram Lotfipour is awarded the prestigious Robert McNamara Award by American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

Dr. Shahram Lotfipour, Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of California, Irvine, and Managing Associate Editor of Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health, was awarded the Robert McNamara Award by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). The award will be presented at the AAEM Scientific Assembly in Orlando in March, 2017.

This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to AAEM in the area of academic leadership. Nominees for this award must have 10 or more years of experience in an EM academic leadership position.

Dr. Lotfipour has been the driving administrative force behind WestJEM for nearly a decade. WestJEM is the official journal of the California Division Chapter of AAEM, and had its origin as the California Journal of Emergency Medicine in 1999. Since 2007, with the launch of WestJEM, Dr. Lotfipour has guided the publishing, societal and departmental sponsorship, and indexing of the journal, as it achieved its place as the premier open-access journal in the specialty. WestJEM now has 19,415 bimonthly electronic subscriptions and 4,323 quarterly print subscriptions. WestJEM focuses on how social conditions impact the composition of patients seeking care in emergency departments worldwide. There are six full-text online issues and four print issues published per year for the sponsoring societies and subscribing departments. WestJEM actively supports scholarly publishing from junior faculty by devoting additional space, consideration and editorial support.



January 19th, 2017

CPC-EM: Birth of a New Journal!

Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine (CPC-EM) is a new journal affiliated with the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM) and will offer the latest in patient care case reports, clinicopathological cases and images in the field of emergency medicine. The new journal is fully open-access, peer reviewed, and available anywhere with an internet connection without cost. WestJEM is spinning off the case reports and images from the core journal to continue to encourage submissions from junior authors, faculty, and residents of established and developing EM programs. The numbers of case reports and image submissions have increased dramatically over the years, and given constraints of space in the core journal, we have had to decline more than 80% of submissions. There is clearly a demand for publication and dissemination which we are providing through CPC-EM. The new journal will continue to foster junior scholarship and help grow WestJEM to a more substantial and influential journal. For more information, please find editorial pieces written by Drs. McPheeters and Langdorf here.


November 9, 2016

WestJEM would like to congratulate the winners of the ACOEP Paper Competition!

The WestJEM sponsored competition awards were presented at the ACOEP Scientific Assembly in San Francisco on November 3rd, 2016.

1st Place
Brian Lehnhof, DO
Kent Hospital, Warwick RI
Electrocardiographic Manifestations and Clinical Outcomes of Severe Hyperkalemia: Can the Electrocardiogram Risk Stratify for Short Term Adverse Events?

2nd Place
Kenneth Heidle, DO
St. Vincent Hospital, Erie PA
Prehospital Factors Associated with Advanced Cardiac Care in Patients Reporting Chest Pain in the Absence of STEMI

3rd Place
Jon Laack, DO
Lakeland Health, St. Joseph MI
Telemedicine in the Emergency Department:  Comparing the frequency of follow-up for wounds after discharge from the Emergency Department, a randomized controlled trial

October 25, 2016

WestJEM Article by Nadia Zuabi et al., from University of California Irvine, Featured in Modern Healthcare

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) of 1986 was enacted to prevent hospitals from “dumping” or refusing service to patients for financial reasons. The statute prohibits discrimination of emergency department (ED) patients for any reason. Modern Healthcare references the article by highlighting that EMTALA is ‘no guarantee of appropriate emergency care.’


July 5, 2016

WestJEM Article by Dr. Shahram Lotfipour, MD, MPH from University of California Irvine, Mentioned in MedScape

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a 23 percent increase of licensed drivers 65 years and older in the U.S. from 1999 to 2009. Older Adult motor vehicle collisions often require more resources and oldser adult patients require specific needs in order to ensure better outcomes. Medscape mentioned the WestJEM article, Vital Signs: Emergency Department and Older Adult Motor Vehicle Collisions: Prevention is Paramount, which reviews research findings on on Older Adult Motor Vehicle Collisions and comments on current recommendations and policies for the growing older-adult driving population and ways to increase injury prevention and screening methodology.

 July 2, 2016

WestJEM Article by Jeffrey D. Ho, MD from Hennepin County Medical Center, Mentioned in Journalist’s Resource

Sudden and unexpected arrest-related death (ARD) has been a controversial issue due to the fact that there is insufficient surveillance and causation data available to explain these deaths. When an ARD occurs, there are polarizing reactions by the law enforcement, the public, and the medical community. Journalist’s Resource mentioned the WestJEM article, Unexpected Arrest-Related Deaths in America: 12 Months of Open Source Surveillance, which reports on 12 months of surveillance data using a novel data collection methodology.

June 9, 2016

WestJEM Article by Emily Merchant, MD from Madigan Army Medical Center, Mentioned in ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is an unusual form of acute cardiomyopathy showing left ventricular apical ballooning, often triggered by intense physical or emotional distress. Although well known in cardiology, awareness of this entity is still developing in emergency medicine. ABC News mentioned the WestJEM article, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: A Case Series and Review of the Literature, which reports four cases of TCM and a review of the literature on the topic.

May 18, 2016

WestJEM’s Top Editorial Board Member of 2015-2016

Congratulations to Linda Murphy on being WestJEM’s Top Editorial Board Member of 2015-2016. WestJEM recognizes Linda Murphy’s impact and dedication, especially her contributions in the journal’s indexing, marketing, logistics, and our partnership with Altmetric.

Linda Murphy
Linda Murphy, MLIS       UCI Health School of Medicine Librarian

 May 18, 2016

WestJEM’s Top Section Editors of 2015-2016

Congratulations to Michael Gottlieb and James R. Langabeer, II on being WestJEM’s Top Section Editors of 2015-2016. Dr. Michael Gottlieb is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and is an active member of AAEM/RSA. Dr. James R. Langabeer is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Texas Medical School. WestJEM greatly appreciates their strong dedication and contributions to this journal.

James-Langabeer II, MBA, EMT, PhD
James Langabeer II, MBA, EMT, PhD University of Texas Medical School
Michael Gottlieb, MD
Michael Gottlieb, MD               Cook County Hospital

May 18, 2016

WestJEM Article by Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine, Mentioned in Physicians Practice

Advertising emergency department (ED) wait times has become a common practice in the United States. Proponents of this believe that it will steer patients to the ED which will increase hospital revenue and decompress overburdened hospital systems. However, opponents of this believe that there are multiple risks to the public health and that caution about its use should be advised. Physicians Practice mentioned the WestJEM article, Advertising Emergency Department Wait Times , which reports of three sample cases demonstrating the pitfalls of advertising ED wait times.

March 11, 2016

WestJEM Article by Christopher Houston, MD from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mentioned in Physician’s Weekly

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires that hospitals report time-based metrics to evaluate emergency department performance. It is expected that some of these metrics will be used to determine Medicare reimbursement rates. Physician’s Weekly mentioned the WestJEM article, Waiting for Triage: Unmeasured Time in Patient Flow, which quantifies the time spent waiting to be triaged for all patients arriving to the ED. As reimbursement to the hospital may be tied to these metrics, it is essential to accurately record the time of arrival.

March 3, 2016

WestJEM Article by Ryan K. Misek, DO from Midwestern University, Mentioned in Physician’s Weekly

Emergency department (ED) “crowding” is an international problem due to its association with increased patient morbidity and mortality. One of the major contributing factors to this “crowding” is patient boarding. Physician’s Weekly mentioned the WestJEM article, Predictors of Psychiatric Boarding in the Emergency Department, which discusses the factors amenable to change and identify interventions that could lead to a decrease in overall psychiatric patient length of stay and improve patient care.

February 8, 2016

WestJEM Article by Robert Jones, MD from Madigan Army Medical Center, Mentioned in TakePart

Chlorine gas represents a hazardous material threat that has long been known for its pulmonary irritant properties. Recognizing the threat posed by chlorine, both in the form of an accidental release as well as an unconventional weapon, is an important first step to being prepared for this type of incident. TakePart mentioned the WestJEM article, Chlorine Gas: An Evolving Hazardous Material Threat and Unconventional Weapon, which discusses recent events involving chlorine disasters and its use by terrorists, as well as strategies to deal with managing acute chlorine exposure events.

February 5, 2016

WestJEM Article by Tareg Bey, MD, FACEP from UC Irvine Medical Center, Mentioned in The Conversation

Controversy surrounds Second Impact Syndrome, a rare condition that even the frequency of its occurrence is in question. It is devastating in that young, healthy patients may die within a few minutes. The Conversation mentioned the WestJEM article, Second Impact Syndrome, which presents guidelines for appropriate follow up and evaluation by a specialist when necessary.

February 1, 2016

WestJEM Articles Highlight the San Bernardino Shooting Emergency Department Response and the Frozen Funding on Firearm Research

On December 2, 2015, a terror attack resulted in a multi-casualty incident (MCI) in the city of San Bernardino. In a recent article, The San Bernardino, California, Terror Attack: Two Emergency Departments’ Response, the crucial emergency medical response of two nearby trauma centers is analyzed to show how two different teaching hospitals prepared for and coordinated the medical care for these victims. By shedding light on the events that unfolded in both emergency departments that day, the article hopes to open up discussions that will lead to the improvement of future MCIs. Seemingly in tandem with the events in San Bernardino, another recently published article, Frozen Funding on Firearm Research: “Doing Nothing is No longer an Acceptable Solution” highlights the hurdles of solving the problem of firearm violence in the United States resulting from the lack of public health research on the topic itself. In the article, the authors provide an explanation of how this ban on firearm research affects emergency physicians across the country.

January 19, 2016

New ACA Rule for Balance Billing and Network Adequacy for Emergency Medical Care

Dr. Ali Raja’s article titled “Access to In-Network Emergency Physicians and Emergency Departments Within Federally Qualified Health Plans in 2015” was published in WestJEM on January 12, 2016, and his work has been featured in an ACEP press release. A summary follows: In a national sample of health insurance plans sold across the United States through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015, one in five provider networks lacked identifiable in-network emergency physicians. Plans lacking identifiable emergency physicians spanned nearly half (44%) of the 34 states using the federal Marketplace in 2015. Compared to previously published data, there are substantially more provider networks lacking emergency physician coverage (22%) than for any other specialty analyzed (max 8%). That may be due to the lack of enforcement of network adequacy standards on the part of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), which mandates minimum requirements for plans sold through the federal marketplace. In lieu of applying network adequacy standards to emergency medicine, CMS has instituted a minimum payment threshold for out-of-network emergency physicians. This study’s findings come as high-cost emergency care and “surprise medical bills” are on the rise as a result of “balance billing,” the practice by which patients are billed by out-of-network physicians at in-network facilities.

November 10, 2015

WestJEM partners with Altmetrics to track the social media impact of scholarly publications

At The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM), we are committed to using emerging technology to improve the scope of reach for our authors’ scholarly work, enhancing our journal’s relevance in the digital age. As researchers, we care about who and what is being said of our work. We want to see the reach and impact of our research. As a result, WestJEM is now working with Altmetric, an alternative metric based service that provides a holistic picture of the attention surrounding each WestJEM article that is published. Each article is now linked to a unique Altmetric score that quantifies the attention gathered by social media. In partnering with Altmetric, we hope to provide our authors with valuable feedback that will, in part, encourage the widespread dissemination of research in emergency care and population health. Read more here.

November 4, 2015

WestJEM’s Dr. Christopher Kang elected to the National ACEP Board of Directors

The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM) would like to recognize and congratulate our Disaster Medicine section editor, Dr. Christopher Kang, for being elected to the American College of Emergency Physicians’ National Board of Directors during the Council Meeting in Boston. We appreciate your commitment and involvement to our journal.

October 20, 2015

WestJEM’s Dr. Michael Epter awarded the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

WestJEM would like to congratulate our education section editor Dr. Michael Epter, Residency Director of Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center, for being a recipient of ACGME’s Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award. We appreciate your involvement and dedication to the journal.

October 15, 2015

WestJEM Article by Tareg Bey, MD, FACEP from UC Irvine Medical Center, Mentioned in Medical Daily

Second Impact Syndrome is a controversial term that occurs with any two events involving head trauma. Emergency physicians should be aware of this syndrome and counsel patients and their parents concerning when to allow an athlete to return to play. The Medical Daily mentioned the WestJEM article, Second Impact Syndrome, which presents guidelines for appropriate follow up and evaluation by a specialist when necessary.

July 1, 2015

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2015-2016 year.

May 22, 2015

WestJEM Article by Christoph Griessenauer, MD from University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mentioned in NPR

Outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMG) cause a particular high risk of violence in the emergency department (ED) which may arise due to the lack of cultural awareness of OMG culture among the ED personnel. OMG members that present to the ED tend to be followed by other members of their gang, and it is important to explore knowledge of their way of life in order to maintain order and safety in the ED. NPR mentioned the WestJEM article, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Aspects of the One-Percenter Culture for Emergency Department Personnel to Consider, which discusses findings from using a standard search engine to obtain reports from law enforcement agencies and studies in academic journals on OMGs.

May 19, 2015

WestJEM Article by Christoph Griessenauer, MD from University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mentioned in Vox

Outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) present to the emergency department as a result of motor vehicle accidents or interpersonal violence. There is a lack of overview of OMG culture with emergency department personnel, which is essential in maintaining order in the emergency department as well as the safety of the patient. Vox mentioned the WestJEM article, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Aspects of the One-Percenter Culture for Emergency Department Personnel to Consider, which discusses various aspects of OMG culture in hopes for emergency department personnel to better understand and treat the outlaw biker.

May 18, 2015

WestJEM Article by Christoph Griessenauer, MD from University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mentioned in The Huffington Post

Outlaw motorcycle gangs are an iconic element of criminal landscape in the United States. Understanding the various aspects of their culture and mentality can help optimize treatment for these patients and can aid in maintaining order when an injured outlaw biker is presented to the ED. The Huffington Post mentioned the WestJEM article, “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Aspects of the One-Percenter Culture for Emergency Department Personnel to Consider,” which highlights the increasing prevalence of biker gangs in America and how their actions and behaviors affect hospital operations and business within their community.

May 18, 2015

WestJEM Article by Christoph Griessenauer, MD from University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mentioned in Discovery News

Emergency department personnel may encounter outlaw bikers who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents or through interpersonal violence. It is critical to determine the cause of the biker’s injuries, as scenarios in which a biker has been injured by enemies of his clubs or by a citizen can predispose the biker and his gang members to hostile behavior. Anticipating these scenarios may assist emergency department personnel to anticipate gang-related violence. Discovery News mentioned the WestJEM article, “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Aspects of the One-Percenter Culture for Emergency Department Personnel to Consider”, which discusses the aspects of outlaw motorcycle gang culture in hopes that emergency department personnel may better understand the mentality of the outlaw biker and the members and anticipate how to handle them.

April 1, 2015

WestJEM Article by Kristi L. Koenig, MD from University of California, Mentioned in MESH Daily Situational Awareness Brief

The 2014 measles outbreak, originating in West Africa, quickly became a public health emergency in the United States. The MESH Daily Situational Awareness Brief mentioned the WestJEM article, Identify-Isolate-Inform: A Tool for Initial Detection and Management of Measles Patients in the Emergency Department, which recommends using the Identify-Isolate-Inform tool developed for Ebola for management of potential measles patients in the ED.

March 12, 2015

WestJEM Accepted for CME Accreditation

WestJEM is proud to announce that our proposed activity, WestJEM Manuscript Review has been approved for CME accreditation starting July 1, 2015.

March 10, 2015

2014 FOEM Research Paper Competition Winner Sponsored by WestJEM

Congratulations to first place winner, Dr. Brian T. Taylor for “Discrepancy Between Clinician and Research Assistant in TIMI Score Calculation (TRIAGED CPU).” WestJEM proudly sponsors the FOEM Research Paper Competition and looks forward to sponsoring the 2015 event. Click here to read this year’s winning paper.

February 23, 2015

WestJEM’s Editorial Board Member, Dr. Scott Zeller, Awarded Doctor of the Year by the National Council for Behavioral Health

Dr. Zeller created and led a multicenter guidelines project for Best Practices in the Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation. In addition, his Alameda Model addresses the problem of individuals spending long hours in the ED, providing timely, quality care in a more appropriate setting, reducing delays by more than 80% and unnecessary hospitalizations by more than 75%. View more here. Read more of Dr. Zeller’s work by clicking Effects of a Dedicated Regional Psychiatric Emergency Service on Boarding of Psychiatric Patients in Area Emergency Departments and Overview of Project BETA: Best Practices in Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation.

February 3, 2015

Collaboration Between WestJEM and CDEM-CORD

We are pleased to announce that CDEM and CORD have collaborated with WestJEM to develop the WestJEM CDEM – CORD Education Supplement, anticipated for publication in Fall 2015. We are excited about this collaboration and believe it will be an excellent opportunity for our collective memberships along with others in the EM community to publish high quality educational research, collective reviews, educational advances, etc.

The following manuscript categories will be accepted:
  • Original Research (Quantitative and Qualitative)
  • Brief Research Report
  • Systematic Review
  • Educational Advances
  • Brief Educational Advances (innovations) for on-line version.

November 18, 2014

WestJEM Accepted for Indexing in the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Database

The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM), published by the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California Irvine for the past 11 years, has been accepted for indexing in the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database beginning with Volume 15, Issue 1, 2014. UC Irvine’s Department of Emergency Medicine is the only academic department in the United States to publish a specialty journal. WestJEM is only the fifth such specialty journal in the nation and the first in 25 years. WestJEM is the only American mainstream journal that is proudly open-access, disseminating research and best practices to the developed and developing world, wherever an internet connection exists. The journal, which has a print circulation of 3,000 and electronic distribution of 12,000, has had more than 3.2 million page hits and article downloads. WestJEM publishes more than 150 papers per year in bimonthly issues.

November 8, 2014

WestJEM Article by Tareg Bey, MD, FACEP from UC Irvine Medical Center, Mentioned in TODAY Health

“If kids return to play too soon after a concussion or a head injury, they’re at risk for Second Impact Syndrome, which is a really serious brain injury,” said Dr. Tracy Zaslow, a sports medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

November 4, 2014

WestJEM article mentioned in California Healthfax

A study conducted at five Alameda County emergency departments shows that hospitals can reduce boarding times for psychiatric patients by coordinating care with a local psychiatric emergency services provider. Continue reading here.

November 2, 2014

Psych Boarding ACEP Top Priority

Emergency physicians relish their roles being on the front line. We’re on the front line with Ebola. And we’re finding out that there are certain ways Ebola patients should be treated or looked for rather than the way it’s being done right now. We really think there should be a regionalization of centers. In other words, put the experts who really know how to put on an PPE and other technical equipment and take it off safely in concentrated centers. Concentrated centers that are more likely to see these patients and also have the expertise by doing it frequently enough so that they don’t put themselves in danger. Continue reading here.

November 1, 2014

Open Access Journals: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Traditional academic publishing developed with two main sources of revenue. First, individuals and organizations subscribe to provide revenue to cover costs of publishing, and generate publisher and academic society profits. Secondly, these journals sell advertising to drug and device manufacturers, and organizations recruiting faculty, fellows and building attendance at CME events. Continue reading here.

October 8, 2014

UC Irvine disaster medicine experts examine Ebola preparations 

When the World Health Organization announced in early August that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was an international health emergency, Dr. Kristi L Koenig began anticipating the “what ifs.” Continue reading here.

September 26, 2014

A BOLD IDEA: The “Population” Specialist by Dr. Judith E. Tintinalli, MD, MS

Emergency medicine today is very different from emergency medicine of the 1970s, when our practice was limited to the physical confines of the emergency department (ED) and the ambulance.


Family doctors take care of your family.

Surgeons cut you open.

Pediatricians take care of kids.

Anesthesiologists put you to sleep.

Cardiologists fix your heart.

Emergency physicians…….? Continue reading here.

 August 1, 2014

Social media, public scholarship, and injury prevention

This marks the Emory Center for Injury Control’s fifth special issue on injury prevention and control. Each year we have tried to identify important themes for injury prevention and public health, such as bridging research to practice, multidisciplinary collaborations, and vulnerable populations. This year our focus is on using social media in injury prevention practice and research. Continue reading here.

July 2, 2014

Crucial Action Need to End Elder Abuse Among the Poor

According to a 2010 study appearing in the American Journal of Public Health(AJPH), abuse among America’s elderly is, unfortunately, prevalent. It manifests in many forms: psychological, physical, sexual, financial abuse and neglect all which threaten seniors in our community. However, researchers found that the rates of elder mistreatment among respondents were even higher than reported in the AJPH report. Read more about WestJem’s article here.

July 1, 2014

WestJEM welcomes new team members

The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine welcomes new team members for the 2014-2015 year.

May 1, 2014

Keeping Research Relevant: WestJEM Bi-monthly Electronic Issues Coming Soon

At The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM), we’re committed to using technology to disseminate our authors’ scholarly work and enhance our journal’s relevance in the digital age. Rapid dissemination to the world in an open-access format maximizes impact and promotes academic discourse. To align our journal’s goals with the increasing pace of technology, we are moving towards a dramatic change. We listened to respondents from our survey, looked at timetables for other journals, and considered the time to publication for articles in WestJEM, which is longer than we would like. WestJEM is committed to maximizing the visibility and influence of our authors’ work, but delays from acceptance to publication threaten this. With these changes, we plan to bring the best research and content to the world sooner. Continue reading here.

February 5, 2014

The Growth of Animal Assisted Therapy Means that Man’s Best Friend May Soon Be Man’s Best Medicine

A therapy pet can also modulate a relationship between a client and his or her counselor. “You are dealing with powerful and overwhelming emotions, but you can’t hug a client,” says Kimbley. “With a dog present, that need is therefore met.” Read more here.

February 1, 2014

WestJEM’s Impact Factor, h-index, and i10-index: Where We Stand

The journal impact factor (JIF) is one way to assess a journal’s status, and helps to weight the difference between journals. The impact factor is a ratio that was initially started in 1975 to indicate the average reach and importance of articles published by a journal; it has since been additionally applied to indicate similar relevance of authors. The JIF helps shift concern for publishers away from achieving a high total quantity of publications and encourages journals to accept more relevant works that can be used and cited by peers.Continue reading here.

December 12, 2013

The Problems of Incidental Findings in Medicine

Abnormalities on medical tests that weren’t what doctors were looking for—and probably mean nothing—can cause a lot of anxiety, time, and money. Continue reading about the study here. 

November 1, 2013

WestJEM’s Technological Advances: Electronic Access for Smartphones and Tablets

One of the major goals for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM) is to make our electronic content accessible to our official sponsors, state chapter and department membership. WestJEM’s open access model allows anyone with Internet to access our content, but recent mobile technological advances by Apple and Android propelled us to create an improved method of content viewing.Continue reading here.

October 25, 2013

Utilizing Cognitive Rest to Aid in Adolescent Concussions

Should we handle adolescent or pediatric concussions any differently? The answer is yes. The young brain is still developing, and we don’t really know the long-term effect of a concussion on a developing brain. Continue reading about the study here.

September 16, 2013

Psychiatric Boarding: Averting Long Waits in the Emergency Rooms

Psychiatric patients awaiting treatment in hospital emergency departments (EDs) for hours and even days—a process known as “boarding”—has become a major issue across the US, with exposés appearing in publications such as The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.1,2 A facility in South Carolina recently made national news after keeping such a patient for a stunning 38 days.3 With few options for care at most sites other than transfer out for psychiatric hospitalization, EDs are often forced to hold patients who are acutely dangerous to themselves or others for long periods until an inpatient bed can be obtained. Continue reading here.

August 1, 2013

Using a Multidisciplinary Approach for a Multi-faceted Public Health Problem

The Emory Center for Injury Control is a multi-university consortium dedicated to studying and preventing unintentional injuries and violence. A major goal of our Center is to transcend academic boundaries and disciplines to connect research to practice. As such, we are focusing our fourth special Western Journal of Emergency Medicine issue on multidisciplinary research. Continue reading here.

July 1, 2013

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2013-2014 year.

 August 1, 2012

Association between Intimate Partner Violence and Health Behaviors of Female Emergency Department Patients

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious and commonly encountered public health issue in the United States (U.S.). Studies have shown that almost one-fourth of U.S. women have been victimized by an intimate partner at some point in their lives, with higher rates in low-income and black populations.13 Continue reading here.

July 1, 2012

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2012-2013 year.

July 1, 2011

Using policy to strengthen the reach and impact of injury prevention efforts

Injury prevention and control remains a key priority in public health and medicine. Across all age groups and regardless of the measure used, injury is a leading cause of morbidity and death with tremendous costs to society.14 When considering the burden and scope of injuries, in the United States (U.S.) and elsewhere, injury prevention remains an important but under-resourced health concern.57 Some specific injury prevention topics, such as road safety, have received the necessary attention and resources to have a significant impact. Investments made early led to the creation of tools and surveillance systems to track motor vehicle crashes and have made it possible to evaluate interventions and new policies.812 These tools and resources, combined with the fact that it is easy to understand and convey the scope and dynamics of motor vehicle crashes have made it a top injury prevention priority.1315 However, these tools and resources are not available across all injury areas. Continue reading here.

July 1, 2011

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2011-2012 year.

August 1, 2010

The Emory Center for Injury Control: Vision and Priorities for Reducing Violence and Injuries through Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Injury is the leading cause of death in the United States for persons between the ages of 1 and 441. We see evidence of the scope and burden of injuries in the emergency department (ED), where annually an estimated 41.4 million patients are seen with injury-related visits, accounting for over one-third of ED presentations2. While many disciplines are involved in injury-related research, prevention, and practice, emergency physicians are on the frontlines of this epidemic, and they treat patients with preventable injuries as well as those with the sequelae of violence. Emergency physicians are also in a unique position to prevent future injuries and to reduce the consequences of existing injuries especially through screening and brief interventions, and the use of a teachable moment for the benefit and future safety of their patients2. It is because emergency medicine is so integrated and important for injury prevention and research3 that we wanted to showcase current findings and projects by researchers affiliated with the Emory Center for Injury Control (ECIC) in this special issue of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Continue reading here.

July 1, 2010

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2010-2011 year.

November 1, 2009

Promoting International Emergency Medicine through WestJEM

This issue of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM) is devoted to the dissemination of international research and education in emergency medicine (EM). As the specialty gains recognition across the globe, the sharing of ideas from East to West, North to South becomes not only more feasible, but more important. One of the reasons for the name, “Western Journal of Emergency Medicine” was to provide an English language outlet to the Western hemisphere for Eastern hemisphere research. Over the past three years, we have increasingly received submissions from international authors. To recognize this expanded scope, we have chosen to cluster our international papers into a single issue. Continue reading here.

July 1, 2009

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2009-2010 year.

May 1, 2009

Turning Your Abstract into a Paper:Academic Writing Made Simpler

Academic writing is a critical skill distinct from creative writing. While brevity is vital, clarity in writing reflects clarity of thought. This paper is a primer for novice academic writers. Continue reading here.

July 1, 2008

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2008-2009 year.

July 1, 2007

WestJEM welcomes new team members

WestJEM would like to welcome new team members for the 2007-2008 year.

Contact Information

WestJEM/ Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine Health

333 The City Blvd. West, Rt 128-01
Suite 640
Orange, CA 92868, USA
Phone: 1-714-456-6389


ISSN: 1936-900X
e-ISSN: 1936-9018

ISSN: 2474-252X

Our Philosophy

Emergency Medicine is a specialty which closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence, substance abuse, and disaster preparedness and response. This journal focuses on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and conversely, how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population who seek care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.