Faculty Profile: Eric Goldlust, M.D., Ph.D.

Eric Goldlust, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Work: (401)-366-0021
My training is in computer science, epidemiology and public health. Previous works include controlled, blinded studies of acupuncture analgesia for tooth extractions. Currently, my interests are in operations research, and specifically the rigorous validation of discrete event simulation (DES) for testing interventions intended to improve throughput, relieve crowding, and manage disaster-level patient surge.

Biography

My recent focus has been on emergency department operations, and particularly on basic research into the the validation of discrete event simulation for analysis of patient flow, crowding, inpatient boarding, and disaster management. My prior experience has focused on novel methods of clinical research, both observational and interventional, in fields which are diverse but share a common lack of rigorous study design: e.g., acupuncture analgesia, summer camp injuries, and process improvements in the emergency department and the neonatal ICU. Through this I have garnered over 10 years of experience in designing, piloting, conducting and analyzing novel clinical interventions. In doing so, I have helped establish research partnerships between academic medical departments and agencies without a primary research mission, including the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and the American Camp Association. In doing so, I have been a speaker at the national level on evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, novel methods of blinding in clinical investigation, and novel models for clinical care of the underserved. For my work, I have received national recognition by such diverse entities as the Society for Acupuncture Research, the American Dental Association and the American Medical Student Association

Research Description

My recent focus has been on emergency department operations, and particularly on basic research into the the validation of discrete event simulation for analysis of patient flow, crowding, inpatient boarding, and disaster management. My prior experience has focused on novel methods of clinical research, both observational and interventional, in fields which are diverse but share a common lack of rigorous study design: e.g., acupuncture analgesia, summer camp injuries, and process improvements in the emergency department and the neonatal ICU. Through this I have garnered over 10 years of experience in designing, piloting, conducting and analyzing novel clinical interventions. In doing so, I have helped establish research partnerships between academic medical departments and agencies without a primary research mission, including the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and the American Camp Association. In doing so, I have been a speaker at the national level on evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, novel methods of blinding in clinical investigation, and novel models for clinical care of the underserved. For my work, I have received national recognition by such diverse entities as the Society for Acupuncture Research, the American Dental Association and the American Medical Student Association

Grants and Awards

1996 Medical Scientist Training Program (NIH-sponsored)
2004 Access to Dental Care Award – American Dental Association
2005 Golden Apple Award in Achievement in Dental School/Student Involvement in Organized Dentistry (Awarded to UCSD Free Dental Clin ic) – American Dental Association
2008 Khare Academic Scholar Award – Univ of MI Dept of Emergency Medicine
2010 Clinical Pathological Case (CPC) – 2nd place, Division 1 – SAEM

Affiliations

1999 – 2004 Instructor and Course Co-Coordinator
SOM 218 – Epidemiology and Biostatistics (core curriculum)
Div of Epidemiology, Dept of Family & Preventive Medicine, UCSD SOM

2004 Instructor and Course Co-Coordinator
MED 235 – Survey of Complementary / Alternative Medicine (elective)
Div of Preventive Medicine, Dept of Internal Medicine, UCSD

2008 – Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

2009 – Mentor, Administrative and Research Tracks, EM Residency
Department of Emergency Medicine
Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Funded Research

Current:

Research Innovation Grant (Goldlust) 9/1/11 – 8/31/12
University Emergency Medicine Foundation
Discrete Event Simulation of Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Department (Anderson Emergency Center)

Departmental funding to develop Discrete Event Simulation model and analyze patient care procedures at a large, academic, Level 1 Trauma Center.
Role: Principal Investigator

Research Innovation Pilot Grant (Goldlust) 2/1/11 – 6/30/12
University Emergency Medicine Foundation
Discrete Event Simulation of Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Department (AEC) Public Triage

Departmental funding to develop Discrete Event Simulation model of Public Triage activities and analyze patient care procedures in the public triage area of a large, academic Level 1 Trauma Center.
Role: Principal Investigator

Prior:

1996 Medical Scientist Training Program (NIH; full tuition + est. $15,000/yr stipend)
1998 Eugene J. Mindlin Foundation Grant ($13,800)
2000 American Heart Association's Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Disease
and Stroke ($2,500)
2001 Fellowship to Explore Complementary Therapies, UCSD SOM ($23,000)
2002 Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCSD SOM (est. $14,000)