Dr. Christopher Doty

As an emergency physician, Christopher Doty, MD, knows firsthand about the stress the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted on health care providers. As the chair of the College of Medicine Wellness Committee, he also knows that the increased stress extends beyond the emergency department and the clinic.

Dr. Josh Karsner

A Frankfort, Ky., native, Josh Karsner originally planned to attend the UK College of Medicine’s main campus in Lexington. Near the start of medical school, he learned about the college’s new regional campus in Bowling Green that would offer the same curriculum but smaller class sizes, as well as a chance to pave the way for future physicians-in-training in western Kentucky.

University of Kentucky Emergency Medicine, Welcome Class of 2025! 10 incoming interns.

Long after the first time slipping into their symbolic white coats at the beginning of training and the just before the pomp and circumstance of graduation, medical students experience one major rite of passage: Match Day.

Fellow Dr. Lily Weddle

Whether it was pediatric neurology, pediatric surgery, or pediatric emergency medicine, Lily Weddle, MD, found a recurring theme in the clinical rotations she enjoyed most during medical school – they allowed her to help children. It became obvious to her that for residency, pediatrics was her ultimate specialty.

Dr. Christopher Doty

Christopher Doty, MD, is a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He also chairs the college’s wellness committee, helping find solutions for wellness concerns of faculty, staff, and learners.

Students learning

The utility of emergency medical services in the healthcare delivery spectrum is undisputable, as speedy access to medical intervention increases survival for desperately sick people. However, factors such as a shrinking supply of primary care doctors have increased the burdens on emergency rooms and the EMS personnel tasked with responding to 911 calls.

stethoscope on left with an image of Dr. Jessica Adkins Murphy on the right; "University of Kentucky, Emergency Medicine Residency, Secretary-Editor"; EMRA logo on far right

The week of October 24, 2021 was a very busy one for UKEM PGY2 Jessica Murphy. In addition to rounding out her community emergency medicine rotation month, she attended the 2021 American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) Scientific Assembly in Boston, MA.

Lily Weddle, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow on the left with 4 - "Thank Yous" in the middle and the UK College of Medicine logo in the top right corner

February 25, 2022 is the UK College of Medicine Thank A Resident Day. Students, faculty, and staff take the opportunity to thank residents and fellows for the tireless work they do to help patients and peers alike. Leading up to February 25th, UK College of Medicine highlighted several learners, including our own Dr. Lily Weddle, UK Pediatric EM Fellow.

Dr. Wes Barnett

At UKEM, we pride ourselves in providing residents, fellows, and medical students with comprehensive emergency medicine training. The curriculum for our program is thorough and rigorous; physicians transition from fast-paced months in the UK Chandler ED to intense critical care rotations.

Group of UK residents posing at Castle & Key distillery

On November 18, 2021, emergency medicine residents from University of Kentucky and University of Louisville went head-to-head in the first ever "Battle of the Bluegrass" hosted by Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort. This friendly competition kicked off this year's annual meeting of the Kentucky chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Diversity & Inclusion logo of four interlocking hands
Michael Sweeney, MD , Blake Davidson, MD

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital celebrated Emergency Services Week 2021 from October 11th – October 15th. One of the many activities planned for this week included the Emergency Services Annual Awards, where staff from the Emergency Department recognized their peers for the outstanding service they provide to our patients. This ceremony was held on October 11, 2021 via Zoom.

UK Chandler Emergency Department nurses and patient care managers Erin Morris (left) and Stephanie Carry inside the Chandler ED Overflow area.

Even in the best of times, the emergency departments at UK HealthCare are busy, hectic places.

Dr. Christopher Doty

This article was originally shared by UK College of Medicine on 9/10/21.

BRAVO 'Broad-Spectrum Rapid Antidote: Varespladib Oral for snakebite' Clinical Trial

Ophirex, a public benefit corporation focused on global health, is working to improve outcomes for victims of snakebites by developing an affordable, accessible, oral treatment for immediate use anywhere a bite occurs. That's where Varespladib comes in. Varespladib is an oral medication that mitigates the effects of snake venom by binding to the major mediator of the venom's toxicity.

UK HealthCare logo with Emergency Medicine logo below (outline of the state of Kentucky with a helicopter)

Graduation is known as a time for reflecting on the accomplishments of our graduating class and honoring their triumphs from the past 3 years. For UKEM, we also like to celebrate the efforts made department-wide, and we have a time-honored tradition of presenting awards to faculty members, off-service colleagues, and junior residents during the graduation ceremony.

Back Row (L-R):  Wilson DeLaney, MD, Vinayak Gupta, MD, Angelo Cruz, MD, Sunny Peta, MD, Forest Lefevre, MD, Jonathan Napier, MD, Kyle Dougherty, MD, Christopher Creech, MD,  Front Row (L-R):  Dave Gelbart, DO, Diana Labrada, MD, Caroline Arnold, MD, Marty Yang, MD

On June 15th, UK Emergency Medicine celebrated the graduating Class of 2021. These twelve vibrant and capable physicians gathered in Lexington three years ago from across the US with the common goal of experiencing the best emergency medical training the Bluegrass State has to offer.

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USAF Major, Dr. Chris Belcher on a C-17 deck in military uniform with USA and UK flags in background

We are pleased to share a POV with you this week from UKEM alumnus and USAF Major, Dr. Chris Belcher. Dr. Belcher completed his residency at UK in 2018 and is currently based out of Texas.

University of Kentucky Emergency Medicine, Welcome Class of 2024! 10 incoming interns.

Well after the first time slipping into their symbolic white coats at the beginning of training and the just before the pomp and circumstance of graduation, medical students experience one major rite of passage: Match Day.