Date:  October 18, 2013
Title: Journal of Rural Emergency Medicine – Let’s Get it Started!

We have a BONUS edition of the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine. It is an announcement about launching a new journal. This new journal combines emergency medicine, evidence based medicine and rural medicine.

At this week’s American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) meeting in Seattle the Rural Section elected to begin a new journal called the “Journal of Rural Emergency Medicine”.  Currently the Editorial Board consists of Drs. Dane Chapman, Tripp Wingate, Chris Carpenter, Ken Milne, and Darrell Carter. Our ACEP Board of Directors advocate is Dr. John Rogers.

The journal website is http://www.jorem.org/index.php/jorem/login and you are welcome to browse our first issue as it is being put together, although you’ll need to sign up with a username and password (no cost).  We have reviewed the National Library of Medicine requirements for the journal to become archived on PUBMED and we are developing a 3-year plan to accomplish this objective.

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We are actively seeking the support of ACEP and Annals EM to develop the journal into a PUBMED-worthy endeavor with the over-riding objective to bring the growing science of emergency medicine to rural providers while simultaneously providing these rural healthcare providers with a voice for the unique “art” of EM in more austere settings.

We believe that this journal has the opportunity to facilitate “knowledge translation” to a new audience thereby significantly shortening the time from ivory tower discovery/publication and routine bedside application of practice-changing research evidence.  Furthermore, the audience is not limited to North America – rural settings throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa face similar challenges for emergency medicine and lack the voice of a journal for their unique challenges.

You can view the slide presentation that Dr. Dane Chapman gave to the ACEP Rural Section which also discusses the development of a textbook of Rural Emergency Medicine.  We will use the new journal to build the chapters of the textbook.  Once you’ve had time to digest this information, we have two requests for all of you:

  1. Forward this information to any of your colleagues practicing in rural environments anywhere in the world if you think that they might be interested.
  2. Consider submitting rural-worthy material to this journal – original research manuscripts, editorials, review articles, photos, or personal commentaries.

Let’s get it started!

  • Dane Michael Chapman (chapmandan@health.missouri.edu) MD, PhD, FACEP, FAAEM Professor, Clinical Emergency Medicine Director of Education and Research Department of Emergency Medicine University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Medicine
  • Harry “Tripp” Wingate, MD, FACEP  Area  Medical Director: EmCare  ACEP – Past Chair: Rural EM Section
  • Christopher R. Carpenter (carpenterc@wusm.wustl.edu) MD, MSc, FACEP, FAAEM, AGSF Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine Director, Evidence Based Medicine Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Darrell L. Carter MD, DABFP, FACEP, FAAFP Program Director, CALS Program (Comprehensive Advanced Life Support). Clinical Professor, Dept of Family Practice and Community Health, Univ of Minnesota Medical School. Chair, ACEP Rural Section. Faculty, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital
  • W. Ken Milne (TheSGEM@gmail.com) MD, MSc, CCFP-EM, FCFP Chief of Staff, South Huron Hospital Director, Gateway Rural Health Research Institute Faculty, Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine Adjunct Prof, Western University Chair Elect, ACEP Rural Section

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on The Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.