Justin Mazzillo, MD
What a difference three years make! I started my training at the UTHSCH Department of Emergency Medicine as an intern in July of 2010. As of today, I have just two months left in my residency, and this place hardly looks the same. During these three years our program has transformed tremendously. Next year will complete the expansion of our program, and we will be 54 residents strong (good luck, Dr. Luber!). As a result of this expansion, we have significantly increased our presence at our county hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. Working at both LBJ and our main site, Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center, makes for a phenomenal training experience. When I started as an intern, I was one of very few residents who were not from Texas. Now we have residents from every corner of the country!
We've gone from offering two fellowships to six (EMS, ultrasound, critical care, global health, administration, informatics) with plans to expand to seven very shortly (with wilderness medicine). We are a national research site for the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT). Our department is currently involved with research in various areas including HIV and hepatitis screening, pulmonary embolism, pain control, pre-hospital trauma and medical care, traumatic brain injury, renal stones, post-cardiac arrest care, diabetic ketoacidosis, physician sign-out, and quality assurance. Data from several of these studies will be presented at the upcoming TCEP, CORD and SAEM conferences. Memorial Hermann Hospital remains the busiest level one trauma center in the country thanks to LifeFlight, our outstanding aeromedical program. In fact, LifeFlight and our emergency department will be featured in a nationally televised documentary series on TNT highlighting emergency and trauma care.
Several of our faculty have been at the forefront of the FOAM (free open access meducation) movement. Both Dr. Radecki's EMLitOfNote blog as well as Dr. Andy Sloas' PEM-ED podcast have been nationally recognized, and both have been featured on EMRAP and ERCast in 2012. Dr. Sloas also just put together the second All Houston EM conference with many great lectures and panels along with presentations by Drs. Scott Weingart and Rob Orman. Our EM critical care division is completing and releasing a new emergency resuscitation and critical care podcast later this spring.
One bittersweet change is that our chairman, Dr. Brent King will be moving on as he becomes the Chief Medical Officer of the Alfred I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Delaware. Although we are all very sad to see him leave UT, we are proud that he has been appointed to this prestigious position. He has been the chairman of our department for 14 years and has always has always been an advocate for the residents as well as our medical school. Fortunately, Dr. King tagged our very own Dr. James McCarthy, the current medical director at MHH, to take his position. Anyone who spends just a few minutes with Dr. McCarthy, a past Memorial Hermann Hospital physician of the year, will realize why we won't miss a beat as we continue to grow into the future.
Sadly, I will be leaving UT upon my graduation and going back to the Northeast to be with my family. I am incredibly proud of our program, especially what we have accomplished in such a short time. I greatly appreciate these past three years at UT and know I have completed an outstanding training program. I am ready to take on the challenges of a dynamic and high acuity EM career.