Wednesday, November 8 - Thursday, November 9, 2023

100% Virtual Conference!

Thank you for joining us for the Live event! Recordings of all lectures will be posted to the Event Portal on Monday, November 13.


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Conference Day 1

Conference Day 2

Streamed on day of conference AND videos will be available after event to watch at your leisure. Recordings will be posted Monday, November 13.

You do not have to watch live, we got you covered!

Check out a highlight from 2022's The Crashing Patient Conference!

Perilous Paralysis

J. David Gatz, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Presentation from the 12th Crashing Patient Conference on December 6th, 2022

Conference Leadership

Amal Mattu, MD
Conference Director
Brian Browne, MD
Department Chair

What is The Crashing Patient Conference?

There’s no question that the practice of emergency medicine is high risk. “High risk” implies danger to patients, but we all know that patients aren’t the only ones at risk in the Emergency Department (ED). Each patient visit also represents legal risk for the provider. The threat of malpractice in the U.S. healthcare system, especially in high-risk specialties such as emergency medicine, is an ever-present issue that affects physician workups, practice patterns, and dispositions on a daily basis.¹

This conference has been created to address both parties at risk in emergency medicine - the patient and the provider. Topics have been specifically chosen to educate attendees regarding the optimal care of the sickest patients we see in daily ED practice - sepsis, cardiac ischemia, aortic dissection, etc. - as well as to educate attendees in how to bullet-proof themselves from the plaintiff attorneys. The instructors for the conference are acclaimed educators, winners of more than a dozen national teaching awards, and experienced national and international-level speakers who know how to present information in a practical and entertaining way.

We know how valuable your time is, so we intend to make this conference the most productive you’ve ever attended. Our goal is simple... to teach you how to save lives and to minimize risk of malpractice. Get ready to learn!

Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
Conference Director

Ref: ¹ Mattu A. Foreword: risk management. Emerg Med Clin N Am 2009;27(4):xv-xvi.

By the conclusion of this Conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe common pitfalls in documentation that reduce legal risks.
  2. Identify common pitfalls in managing acutely ill patients in the emergency department.
  3. List some best practices that can help avoid litigation and decrease the risk of morbidity and mortality in the emergency department.

Our Speakers

Mike Abraham, MD, MS
Jason Adler, MD
Leen Alblaihed, MBBS, MHA
Afrah Ali, MBBS
Michael Bond, MD
Laura Bontempo, MD, MEd
Ken Butler, DO
Sarah Dubbs, MD
Cheyenne Falat, MD
Robert Flint, MD
J. David Gatz, MD
Dan Gingold, MD, MPH
Jenny Guyther, MD
Brent King, MD, MMM
Priya Kuppusamy, MD
Benjamin Lawner, DO
Bobbi Lowie, MD
Rohit Menon, MD
Gabriella Miller, MD
Siamak Moayedi, MD
Neeraja Murali, DO, MPH
Bennett Myers, MD
Valerie Pierre, MD
Lauren Rosenblatt, MD
Alexis Salerno, MD
Steve Schenkel, MD, MPP
Sarah Sommerkamp, MD
Ryan Spangler, MD
Kathleen Stephanos, MD
Mark Sutherland, MD
Semhar Tewelde, MD
Rachel Wiltjer, DO
T. Andrew Windsor, MD
Mike Winters, MD, MBA

The Schedule

Day 1-Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Time Topic Speaker
8:00 AM Welcome & Introductions Amal Mattu, MD
8:10 AM Catastrophic Cases in Critical Care Mike Winters, MD, MBA
8:30 AM Navigating the Mechanical Heart: Must-Know Emergency Management of LVAD Patients Leen Alblaihed, MBBS, MHA
8:50 AM The Crashing Chemo Patient Sarah Dubbs, MD
9:10 AM Break (20 minutes)
9:30 AM Guardians of the Graft: ED Evaluation and Intervention for Transplant Recipients J. David Gatz, MD
9:50 AM Just Like Riding a Bike: Handlebar Injuries Rachel Wiltjer, DO
10:10 AM High Risk Wounds, Fractures, and other Orthopaedic Emergency Pearls Michael Bond, MD
10:30 AM Break (20 minutes)
10:50 AM Small But Mighty: When Adrenal Glands Cause Chaos Gabriella Miller, MD
11:10 AM Run TOWARDS RV Failure Instead of Away From It: The Crashing Pulmonary Hypertension Patient Rohit Menon, MD
11:30 AM Tracheostomy Terror Laura Bontempo, MD, MEd
11:50 AM Q&A Panel Discussion All Morning Speakers
12:30 PM Morning Session Concludes
1:20 PM Saving Lives and Sight: Lateral Canthotomy, Resuscitative Hysterotomy & Cricothyrotomy Siamak Moayedi, MD
1:40 PM Enhancing Pharmacotherapy for Rapid Sequence Intubation: Where Are We Today? Kenneth Butler, DO
2:00 PM Break (10 minutes)
2:10 PM Small Hearts, Big Problems Brent King, MD, MMM
2:30 PM Thyroid Gland Mayhem Bennett Myers, MD
2:50 PM Break (10 minutes)
3:00 PM Diagnostic Deep Dive into Dirty Dishwater Fluid Bobbi Lowie, MD
3:20 PM From Rescue to Revival: Resuscitating Drownings Cheyenne Falat, MD
3:40 PM Q&A Panel Discussion All Afternoon Speakers
4:20 PM Afternoon Session Concludes

Day 2-Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Time Topic Speaker
8:00 AM Welcome & Introductions Amal Mattu, MD
8:10 AM Neurology Case Law - You Could Be Surprised at What the Lawyers Know! Mike Abraham, MD, MS
8:30 AM Care of the Psychiatric Patient Boarding in the Emergency Department Afrah Ali, MBBS
8:50 AM Mastering the Bariatric Trauma Resuscitation Lauren Rosenblatt, MD
9:10 AM Break (10 minutes)
9:20 AM What's All the Commotio? Blunt Cardiac Injury T. Andrew Windsor, MD
9:40 AM Llama Llama No More Drama: How to Expertly Manage Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Jenny Guyther, MD
10:00 AM The Highest Pressures in the Littlest Humans Kathleen Stephanos, MD
10:20 AM Is There a Difficult Airway? POCUS for Airway Evaluation Alexis Salerno, MD
10:40 AM Break (10 minutes)
10:50 AM Astro-Enteric Fistula: A Can't-Miss Cause of Catastrophic GI Bleed! Neeraja Murali, DO, MPH
11:10 AM Watch Your Step! Legal Landmines Priya Kuppusamy, MD
11:30 AM Don't Fail the Failed Kidney: High Risk Renal Cases Ryan Spangler, MD
11:50 AM Ultrasound in Codes: Enhancing Efficiency Sarah Sommerkamp, MD
12:10 PM Morning Session Concludes
1:20 PM Hyperinflation and Suffocation: The Struggle to Exhale Benjamin Lawner, DO, EMT-P
1:40 PM Tips and Tricks for the Hypotensive Patient Mark Sutherland, MD
2:00 PM Break (10 minutes)
2:10 PM Keeping Your Cool: Tips and Tricks for the Agitated Patient Dan Gingold, MD, MPH
2:30 PM The Doctor Who Was Bleeding Stephen Schenkel, MD, MPP
2:50 PM DFO: Critical Aortic Stenosis Semhar Tewelde, MD
3:10 PM Break (10 minutes)
3:20 PM Are We Headed in the Right Direction? Emergency Management of Head Injured Patients in 2024 Robert Flint, MD
3:40 PM POCUS No-No's in Clinical Documentation for the Crashing Patient Valerie Pierre, MD
4:10 PM Bypassing the Avoidable Malpractice Allegation: Documentation Pearls and Pitfalls of the High-Risk Encounter Jason Adler, MD
4:20 PM Afternoon Session Concludes

CME Information

"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine.

"The Center for Emergency Medicine Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians."

The Center for Emergency Medicine Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NPs, RNs, LPNs, and PAs: You may claim a certificate of participation. ANCC and AAPA accept medical AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for nursing and physician assistant re-licensure.

For additional CME information please click here.


Please contact
Doreen Lucadamo, CMP, DES, HMCC
Senior Program Coordinator, Courses/Conferences ♦ Phone: 443-562-8630
University of Maryland School of Medicine ♦ Department of Emergency Medicine
110 S. Paca Street, Sixth Floor, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21201