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Peter Acker

Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Bio
Peter Acker is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is an active member of Stanford Emergency Medicine International team, whose projects focus on emergency medicine capacity development in a number of resource-limited settings.

Dr. Acker holds an MD and an MPH from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Chicago, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He currently holds the rank of Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and was named a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Stanford University School of Medicine.

From July 2015 to July 2016, Dr. Acker played the role of Long Term Technical Advisor for the USAID funded Quality Health Services Project in Cambodia. As part of this role he was living and working in country, helping design and implement efficient and effective triage and emergency referral systems throughout nine Cambodian provinces. Now back in the US, he will continue to work on these efforts remotely but will also be involved in a variety of related Stanford Emergency Medicine International projects, including emergency medicine educational efforts in Nepal, Myanmar and India.
Emergency Medicine
International Emergency Medicine
Prehospital Emergency Care
Medical Education
Maternal and Obstetric Emergencies
Emergency Ultrasonography
Academic Appointments: 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Administrative Appointments: 
Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Stanford University School of Medicine (2015 - Present)
Honors and Awards: 
Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Faculty of the Year, Honorable Mention, Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency (2014-2015)
Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency (2012-2013)
Emergency Medicine Ambassador Award, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency (2012-2013)
PGY-3 Resident of the Year, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency (2012-2013)
Professionalism in Emergency Medicine Award, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency (2012-2013)
PGY-2 Resident of the Year, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency (2011-2012)
Professional Organizations: 
Technical Advisor for Emergency Medicine and Referrals, USAID Quality Health Services Project-Cambodia (2014 - Present)
Deputy Ambassador to Cambodia, American College of Emergency Physicians (2015 - Present)
Education: 
Board Certification: Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine (2014)
Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine, International Emergency Medicine (2014)
Residency:University of Chicago Hospitals (2013) IL
Medical Education:Tufts University School of Medicine (2010) MA
Masters in Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health and Global Health (2010)
Community and International Work: 
Emergency Medicine Education and Development, Myanmar
2014 Nepal Ambulance Service EMT Refresher Training, Nepal
2014 VPOL Course: Managing Emergencies: What Every Doctor Needs to Know, Uganda
2013-2016 Stanford Essential Prehospital Care Course, India
2014-2019 USAID Quality Health Services Project, Cambodia
Academic and Contact Information
Clinical Offices: 
Clinical Practices: 
Research & Scholarship
Projects: 
USAID Quality Health ServIces project in Cambodia, Stanford University, University Research Consortium (8/1/2013 - Present)
Title: 
USAID Quality Health ServIces project in Cambodia
Detail: 

A multifaceted project working to improve maternal and neonatal health throughout Cambodia. Our area of concentration involves creation of an integrated system for efficient identification, initial assessment and immediate care, referral and transfer of ill neonates and mothers.

Location

Cambodia

Collaborators

Stanford Essential Prehospital Care Course, Stanford University, University Research Consortium
Title: 
Stanford Essential Prehospital Care Course
Detail: 

Designing and implementing a series of novel, focused EMT refresher training courses with our Indian partner GVK EMRI. These training programs are being utilized to provided updated, evidence based care training to their group of over 10,000 EMTs.

Location

India

Prehospital Care Provider Training and Mobile Decision Aid Application Creation
Title: 
Prehospital Care Provider Training and Mobile Decision Aid Application Creation
Detail: 

Location

Nepal

Collaborators

  • Rebecca Walker, Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Emergency Medicine
Publications
Implementing an Innovative Prehospital Care Provider Training Course in Nine Cambodian Provinces. Cure¯us Acker, P., Newberry, J. A., Hattaway, L. B., Socheat, P., Raingsey, P. P., Strehlow, M. C. 2016; 8 (6)

Abstract

Despite significant improvements in health outcomes nationally, many Cambodians continue to experience morbidity and mortality due to inadequate access to quality emergency medical services. Over recent decades, the Cambodian healthcare system and civil infrastructure have advanced markedly and now possess many of the components required to establish a well functioning emergency medical system. These components include enhanced access to emergency transportation through large scale road development efforts, widspread availability of emergency communication channels via the spread of cellphone and internet technology, and increased access to health services for poor patients through the implementation of health financing schemes. However, the system still lacks a number of key elements, one of which is trained prehospital care providers. Working in partnership with local providers, our team created an innovative, Cambodia-specific prehospital care provider training course to help fill this gap. Participants received training on prehospital care skills and knowledge most applicable to the Cambodian healthcare system, which was divided into four modules: Basic Prehospital Care Skills and Adult Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies, Obstetric Emergencies, and Neonatal/Pediatric Emergencies. The course was implemented in nine of Cambodia's most populous provinces, concurrent with a number of overarching emergency medical service system improvement efforts. Overall, the course was administered to 1,083 Cambodian providers during a 27-month period, with 947 attending the entire course and passing the course completion exam.

View details for DOI 10.7759/cureus.656

View details for PubMedID 27489749

Efficacy of a novel two-day EMT refresher training program focused on essential EMS knowledge and skills International Summit on Emergency Medicine and Trauma Acker, P. C. 2014
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