The Department of Emergency Medicine at AHS - Highland maintains an active research program. Each year the department publishes original articles that appear in major peer-reviewed EM publications such as the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine and the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Recent articles have also been featured in JAMA and Health Affairs, as well multiple journals of varying specialties such as Pediatrics and Critical Care Medicine. Special areas of focus include ED ultrasound, emerging infections, HIV/AIDS in the emergency department and many others.


Our research program and faculty are pioneering social epidemiology research in the emergency department. We are the primary institution for and founding members of the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine, a planned independent research institute dedicated to deepening our understanding of the interplay of social forces and health as they meet in today's emergency departments. You can visit the Center’s website at www.levittcenter.org.


All Highland Emergency residents are required to complete an academic project during their residency. These projects frequently result in publication and/or presentation at national meetings. Attending and resident physicians actively participate in nationwide conferences such as the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) annual meetings. In addition to generating our own original research, the department also participates in national and regional networks (such as EMNet) and in selected industry-sponsored trials with potential high-yield results.


We review departmental research projects at our monthly Research in Progress (RIP) meetings, where new and ongoing work at a variety of stages of development undergoes peer scrutiny in a constructive and supportive atmosphere. The goal of RIP is to assure the scientific and ethical integrity of our department’s research, while promoting timely completion of the resident research requirement. These meetings are augmented with weekly research office hours for residents and faculty to gain assistance with research methodology and biostatistics.

The department employs a full-time research coordinator to facilitate research project design, patient enrollment, and data collection. We have an ever-growing relationship with faculty and students from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and UCSF School of Medicine. We also host a large number of research volunteers who gain experience in EM research through their service.


For further information, please contact:

Harrison Alter, MS, MD
Research Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
AHS – Highland Hospital
1411 E. 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602

Jennifer Sun
Research Coordinator


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