My name is Nicholas Pokrajac, and I am applying for a position as a Microsite Co-Editor within the ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section. After attending the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California for medical school, I completed my residency training in emergency medicine at UC San Diego Health System. Following residency training, I completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. During my fellowship, I also worked part-time as an attending physician within the UC San Diego Health System, where I co-authored several publications such as “Factors and Outcomes Associated with Inpatient Cardiac Arrest Following Emergent Endotracheal Intubation,” published in Resuscitation, and “During the Emergency Department Evaluation of a Well Appearing Neonate with Fever, Should Empiric Acyclovir be Initiated?,” a clinical practice guideline published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine. I have recently started work as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University.
My current research interests include prevention of complications including cardiac arrest following pediatric airway management, as well as optimizing pediatric airway management for improved clinical outcomes. Earlier this year I presented an abstract at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine annual meeting titled “Risk Factors for Peri-intubation Cardiac Arrest in a Pediatric Emergency Department,” and have submitted the associated manuscript to the journal Resuscitation. My future research ideas include whether complications during airway management in severe traumatic brain injury in pediatric patients independently affect functional neurologic outcomes. My hope is that my interests of pediatric airway and resuscitation can contribute to the Pediatric Section microsite.