As emergency physicians, we are no strangers to firearm violence and its consequences. We explored this topic with renowned expert, Dr. Garen Wintemute, in our January 2019 episode, #thisismylane. Most physicians feel strongly that we have a role in gun violence prevention, but many of us aren’t sure what we can do in our daily clinical practice to make a difference. That’s why Psychiatrist Dr. Amy Barnhorst and her colleagues at the California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis developed the BulletPoints Project. BulletPoints is a resource for clinicians and medical educators who are committed to firearm injury prevention.
In the second episode of our series, we delve into the first step of BulletPoints: approach. Dr. Barnhorst takes us through how to start some of these challenging conversations. Hint: it starts with checking your own beliefs and biases.
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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. Jonathan Kohler, Associate Professor of Surgery and Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma at UC Davis; Host of Country Hits: Rural Trauma from the Scene to the ED
Dr. Amy Barnhorst, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair of Community Mental Health at UC Davis; Director of the BulletPoints Project