One of the gold standard for building and sustaining collaborative, multi-institutional research networks in medicine is the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) organization. Their efforts on studying pediatric emergency care has resulted some of our specialty’s landmark papers in Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. Although we are not officially affiliated with them, we fully support their efforts and wanted to help disseminate their evidence-based findings with an educations. Thus was born the PECARN Publication Prospectus (P3) app project [download free P3 app].
The P3 Project and Team
As with many of our ALiEM initiatives, the P3 project arose from a collaborative sprint effort over a 4 week period in 2019 with prehospital educators, emergency medicine (EM) residents, budding and current pediatric EM fellows, and EM/PEM attending physicians. This app plans to be a “living” catalog of PECARN publications which is updated as their prolific research team continues to publish.
- Phase 1: Extracting the clinically-relevant educational pearls and a brief study summary from each of their 140+ peer-reviewed papers
- Phase 2: Feature expert peer-reviewer commentaries from one of the paper’s authors
- Phase 3: Link high-quality online resources which review or highlight these papers
- Jessica Chow, MD (Chief Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC San Francisco)
- Lamarr Echols, MD (Emergency physician, Northbay Medical Center)
- James Gray, MD (Fellow, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)
- Ryan Hunter, BS NRP FP-C (Paramedic/ Firefighter, Montgomery Co. Fire-EMS; Critical Care Flight Paramedic, U.S. Army National Guard)
- Ginger Locke, BA NRP (Associate Professor of EMS Professions, Austin Community College)
- Floyd Miracle, BS NRP (Clinical Manager, Jessamine County EMS)
- Damian Roland, BMedSci, BMBS, PhD (Honorary Associate Professor and Consultant in Paediatric EM
- Jason Woods, MD (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Children’s Hospital of Colorado
- Michelle Lin, MD (ALiEM Founder; Professor of EM, UC San Francisco)
The P3 app, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices, summarizes each of the 140+ PECARN publications. These papers are subcategorized into learner groups (physicians/advanced practice providers, pharmacists, triage nurses, prehospital providers, and administrators) as well as organ system groups.