NEWS | June 6, 2012

Panacek receives national award in emergency medical education


Ed Panacek, UC Davis professor of emergency medicine, has received the 2012 Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Panacek received the award at SAEM's annual meeting last month in Chicago.

Ed Panacek © UC Regents
Ed Panacek

In academic emergency medicine, Panacek is widely considered to be in the top percentage of emergency physicians in terms of the quantity and quality of his teaching activities. He generally provides 80-100 hours of formal didactic lectures per year in a broad spectrum of venues. He has been a visiting professor at more than 50 institutions in the past 20 years, including international invitations.

Panacek was the invited plenary speaker to both the 2002 Australasian College of Emergency Medicine's 19th Annual Meeting and the 2006 American Academy of Emergency Medicine's Annual Scientific Assembly. Panacek is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers at multiple national CME conferences, including the annual SAEM meeting. His teaching has also received recognition and awards from residents in training in multiple specialties and at multiple institutions.

At UC Davis, Panacek has received several "Best Teacher" awards and is the only emergency medicine faculty at UC Davis who has won each of the three different teaching awards offered.

Panacek has made sentinel contributions to the education of academic emergency physicians in the area of research methodology and training. Over the past 20 years, he has given over 42 hours of lectures at the annual SAEM meeting, the vast majority of these on topics related to research design and methodology. He was one of the original developers of the "Fundamentals of Research" lecture series that ran from the 1994 through the1999 SAEM meetings. Panacek is also the primary author of a large and comprehensive series of educational articles on research methodology that have been utilized by numerous emergency medicine residency programs.

Panacek designed, implemented and has served as the course director for the American College of Emergency Physicians' Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills (EMBRS) workshop since its inception. This course has now completed over 12 offerings and has graduated over 400 students. He continues to give about 50 percent of all the lectures. The demand for the course exceeds its capacity, and the waiting list grows longer each year.

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