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Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills (EMBRS) Workshop




Are you interested in increasing and improving research in emergency medicine? 

As a national emergency medicine organization, we understand the importance of increasing and improving research in our specialty. EMBRS does this by encouraging and mentoring young researchers, fostering and supporting research projects that contribute to improvements in patient care, and by developing and increasing the number of emergency medicine researchers.


The EMBRS workshop is specifically designed to help you hone and improve your research skills or program.

This is a great course for young faculty, those interested in improving their skills as a researcher, and physicians who are involved in research as part of their duties.

Participants are also eligible to receive an EMF/EMBRS grant based on their research grant application.

To sign up for the course, complete the online interest list below or email academicaffairs@acep.org. If you have questions about the course, please contact Loren Rives, MNA at lrives@acep.org.




EMBRS is a 9-day, 2-session program. The first session is held in the fall/winter and the second session is held in the spring. You must complete the November session before attending the April session. This program provides a broad overview of the basics from idea to IRB approval to final presentation and publication. Participants will learn how to identify clinical research opportunities and become familiar with clinical research and outcomes, injury prevention, health care delivery and effectiveness research. Also, the course includes an introduction to statistics and statistical software and sessions on publishing and presenting your research. 

These materials are designed to be used in your own institution to guide your personal research projects and to help you mentor young investigators.

2018-19 Dates

Session I: November 5-11, 2018
Session II: April 8-10, 2019 

2019-20 Dates 

Session I: December 2-7, 2019
Session II: April 14-16, 2020

Location: ACEP Headquarters, Dallas TX 

Topics Covered

  • Design Basics for Clinical Research
  • Research Methods
  • Searching the Literature & Reading Critically
  • Statistics and Statistical Reporting
  • Research Design
  • IRB and Informed Consent: The Process 
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Research
  • FDA Approved and Other Clinical Trials
  • Presenting Research
  • Grant Proposal Presentations with Critiques from the Experts
  • Presentation of Research Project Proposals with Critiques from the Experts
  • Finding Funding Sources
  • Grant Writing

What people are saying... 

Thanks again to Dr. Ed Panacek and the EMBRS and EMF faculty for everything you taught me at EMBRS!  I finally got my first large investigator-initiated grant as PI (SBIR Phase I: Induction of therapeutic hypothermia with an esophageal cooling device) for a 6-month, $150,000 award from the National Science Foundation, with another Emergency Medicine colleague, D. Mark Courtney, actively involved as consultant to the project.  Very much appreciate all the help, guidance, and direction that you and the EMBRS faculty provided me!”  Erik Kulstad, MD, M.S., FACEP

"I want to thank you again for hosting the EMBRS course. I have probably learned more in this class than in any class I have taken since med school." Mark S. Rosner, MD, FACEP

"Just wanted to say thank you for your dedication to sharing your knowledge and training novice researchers like myself. Your course was invaluable to me and I am one of those you mentioned who plans on going further with with my education. Your course has taught me so much, but most of all it makes me want to learn more. Hope to be seeing more of you at research related meetings. Thanks again. Your course is awesome." Faheem Guirgis, MD

"The highest yield academic program I have ever attended. It gave us a template to develop an entire research curriculum at our new program." John Bedolla, MD 

Continuing Education Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies for the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills (EMBRS) Workshop

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 73 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 73 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit. 

Registration Fee
ACEP Member - $1950
Nonmember - $2150

Registration is limited. Class slots are filled from the interest list. Classes fill rapidly on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will be contacted as soon as a slot is available. Course dates are set approximately a year in advance.

Your registration fee covers the entire cost of the 9-day, two-session, program. Living expenses are not included.

Full conference registration, less the $500 cancellation fee, is refundable only if submitted in writing to academicaffairsawards@acep.org 30 days prior to the beginning of the conference. Registrations and cancellations received after the 30-day deadline are not refundable. Exceptions will be made for family emergencies and must be submitted in writing to academicaffairsawards@acep.org. For these instances the full conference registration fee, less the $500 admin fee, will be refunded. You cannot reinstate a registration after you cancel. If you cancel and are entitled to a refund, expect the refund within 30 days. All refunds will be issued back to the original payment type. All registrants must be prepaid 60 days prior to the course.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: IBM SPSS Statistics Grad Pack Base (please purchase before arriving on site.) 

2017 EMF/EMBRS Grant Recipients

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VIDEOS: Webinars from EMBRS
This series of educational videos featuring Edward A. Panacek, MD, MPH, FACEP, was designed for individuals new to clinical research. It provides background on the fundamentals of research, starting with an overview of the research process and then focuses on specific principles and terms.

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