It isn’t just our problem: ED crowding part 2

In our last episode, we discussed several factors that lead to emergency department crowding, as well as the consequences for patients and providers, as presented in a recent commentary in NEJM Catalyst. We continue the conversation with one of the authors of the article, Dr. Deb Diercks, focusing on potential solutions. 

Is your ED overcrowded? How is your hospital handling it? Connect with us on social media, @empulsepodcast, on email, or through our website,

We’re working on an episode on what it’s like to be a woman in emergency medicine. We’d be honored if you’d share your story? Contact us as above, or leave your story on a brief voicemail at 951-251-4804  (don’t worry, we’ll edit it to make it sound smooth!). 

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Deborah Diercks, Chair of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern, President of the SAEM Academy for Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine 


Emergency Department Crowding: The Canary in the Health Care System. 

Commentary in NEJM Catalyst by Gabor D. Kelen, MD, Richard Wolfe, MD, Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS, Angela M. Mills, MD, Deborah Diercks, MD, et al. Sept 28, 2021.

ERs are now swamped with seriously I’ll patients – but many don’t even have COVID. 

By Kate Wells. NPR CapRadio News, Oct 26, 2021.


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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