Episode 7: Reframing how we think about firearm violence

Education, Emergency Medicine, Firearm Violence, Medical Education, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Podcast, Uncategorized

Violent injury, particularly related to firearms, has been at the forefront of national discussion recently. Pediatric victims and survivors have begun to enter into the public discussion via a strong social media presence, and as clinicians who treat these patients’ injuries, we are also obligated to participate in prevention. This is the first in a series of episodes to address what we know about firearm violence, what interventions have been tried, and how we can reframe the discussion to focus less on political beliefs and more on harm reduction.

Host Jason Woods MD gathered national firearm violence experts Megan Ranney MD MPH, Patrick Carter MD, and Stephen Hargarten MD MPH to introduce where the research, policy, and political climate sits currently and to give some ideas on how to think and speak about this issue with patients and families.


Megan Ranney MD MPH- Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown University, violence prevention researcher, past chair of ACEP Trauma and Injury Prevention Section
Stephen Hargarten MD MPH – Professor and chair of Emergency Medicine of Medical College of Wiscone, Director of MCW Comprehensive Injury Center
Patrick Carter MD – Assistant Professor of Emergency medicine, and Assistant Director of the Injury Prevention Center at the University of Michigan


Videos from University of Michigan  “Open Michigan” site on how to talk to patients and families about firearms


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