Third-year student, Priyanka Kailash, and Dr. Greg Christiansen published in EM Resident

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina – EM Resident, the official magazine of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) in partnership with American College of Emergency Physicians(ACEP), published an article “Under Pressure: Abdominal Compartment Syndrome” on May 25, 2016. 

The article was submitted by third year Campbell University medical student Priyanka Kailash, Gregory Christiansen, DO, MED, FACOEP-D, chair of emergency medicine at Campbell, Krystle Shafer, MD ,Critical Care Fellow, Chief Fellow, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Matthew A. Stephens, MD, FAAEM, FACEP,  Director of Medical Student Clerkship, Emergency Medicine Residency at WellSpan York Hospital in Pennsylvania.

The case report, based on an actual patient, outlines diagnosis and treatment for Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (ACS) – an uncommon, but potentially fatal condition.

“In years past, abdominal compartment syndrome has not been an appropriately appreciated condition,” said Dr. Greg Christiansen.  “It is a serious condition that can lead to death, so it is important for physicians to catch it in the ER”.

Student doctor Kailash researched the condition and wrote the article in collaboration with Drs. Shafer and Stephens, and Dr. Christiansen served as a content expert for the critical care aspects of ASC for the article.

“Working with this team of physicians on this article was a great experience,” said Kailash. “Each brought their expertise, which helped create a very well-rounded and informative article. I have always enjoyed reading and learning from EM Resident, so it is very satisfactory to have something of mine accepted into it for publication.”

“This kind of research and publication helps improve overall care in our community,” said Christiansen.  “To have experts in our hospitals who recognize such conditions and who are involved in research and evaluation of newly recognized conditions improves patient outcomes.”

Kailash, who also recently received the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award, continues to be involved with research, presentations, writing and pursuing additional publications.

“I hope to continue writing for medical journals and magazines, and look forward to a lifetime of learning that accompanies this profession.”

“It is exciting to see Priyanka as a participant in this publication as a third year medical student,” Christiansen continued.  “During her second year, I challenged her class in the Foundations of Medical Practice course to present articles like this to the class – she was one of the students who recognized the foundation this provided and participated frequently.  It is exciting to see her follow through with researching and taking the initiative to put this article together and have an impact on improving the skill set for physicians nationally and improve healthcare for our local and national community.”