Research & Quality

Research is a key component of MMC's three-pronged mission: caring for our community, educating tomorrow’s caregivers, and researching new ways to provide care. Since 1996, clinical researchers from the Department of Emergency Medicine have been contributing to the growth of the specialty, the advancement of patient care, and the fulfillment of the MMC mission through their scholarly endeavors.

Resident Research

The ACGME program requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine state: "The curriculum should include resident experience in scholarly activity prior to completion of the program. Some examples of suitable resident scholarly activities are the preparation of a scholarly paper such as a collective review or case report, active participation in a research project or formulation and implementation of an original research project. Residents must be taught an understanding of basic research methodologies, statistical analysis and critical analysis of current medical literature."

In addition to the ACGME’s scholarly activity requirement, we believe that there are important skills emergency medicine residents should acquire during post-graduate training. These include tools for life-long learning, an understanding of how to use medical research and basic research concepts, an awareness of the importance of information management in healthcare, integration of the knowledge and skills required to participate in scholarly activities while maintaining scientific integrity, and the application of evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills. EBM skills include formulating questions, searching for answers, critically analyzing research to weigh the evidence, and applying the evidence to the care of patients or populations. These skills are taught during clinical care at the bedside, in didactic sessions, through Journal Club, during research and quality elective rotations, and during the completion of a scholarly project.

Research Elective for Medical and Health Professions Students

The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to the education of medical and health professions students in addition to resident physicians and offers a unique Emergency Medicine Research Rotation for third and fourth year students. The goal of the rotation is to allow students an opportunity to receive an intensive, four-week educational experience in Emergency Medicine research. The research topic will generally focus on clinically relevant projects that enhance or complement the student’s understanding of EM practice and research. For more information, please contact the Department of Emergency Medicine Division of Research and Quality. For more information about Emergency Medicine Research Rotations, please contact Ann Cross at (207) 662-7142.

Members of the Division of Research and Quality

Tania D. Strout, PhD, R.N., M.S.
Director of Research

22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102

Phone: (207) 662-7049
Fax: (207) 662-7054



Samir A. Haydar, D.O., MPH
Director of Quality Improvement
Associate Director of Research

22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102

Phone: (207) 662-7010
Fax: (207) 662-7054



Lori O’Donnell

Administrative Assistant
Department of Emergency Medicine

321 Brackett Street
Portland, ME  04102

Phone: (207) 662-7024
Fax: (207) 662-7054


Ann Cross
Medical Student Contact- Medical Education Specialist

321 Brackett Street
Portland, ME 04102

Phone: (207) 662-7142
Fax: (207) 662-7054