Nupur is an emergency medicine trainee at Mount Sinai in NYC. She is in her final year and has taken a part-time position as an attending at a community hospital. She also works as a consultant and has started a healthcare business that addresses patient engagement among other things. She has a background in engineering and has taken first place in a large hackathon for a telemedicine device.
In terms of research, she is the current Resident Fellow of Annals of Emergency Medicine and as such, is the editor of the Residents’ Perspective column. In her personal research, she aims to conduct enhanced data analytics and/or complex systems modeling on whatever topics she’s studying. She has spoken at numerous conferences on her research. She has also spoken at Stanford Med X and currently serves on its Scientific Advisory Board.
Understanding Emergency Medicine as a Complex System
Systems thinking can help providers learn how to treat our patients as individuals and not just as the bucket they fall in to.
The practice of emergency medicine is no longer a one size fits all approach. Furthermore, most of your patients are not usually ‘average’ as described in journal articles. With more data, newer analytic techniques, and a better understanding of pathologies, we can isolate the exact and most appropriate therapies for our individual patients. We’re already doing it, but we should be doing it better. Learn how to be systems thinkers and become better providers.
Using examples from emergency medicine, I will show how a comprehensive approach to patient care can be beneficial for guiding theories and therapies tailored for an individual. This concept of precision medicine allows us to incorporate all knowledge and processes in to one picture rather than segregating medical care in to buckets. We will also discuss some of the challenges in this type of thinking and best practices for translating in to your every day work.