Fast Radio Bursts of Unknown Origin May Be More Frequent than Expected

 

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Radio Bursts
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Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Mwatha works as an emergency physician in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital, where he diagnoses and treats life-threatening conditions in trauma patients and stabilizes critically ill patients. In Dr. Ken Mwatha’s free time, he enjoys astronomy.

In late September, astronomers discovered that fast radio bursts, often abbreviated to FRBs, may occur much more frequently than previously suspected. These powerful flashes of light, first witnessed in 2007, had only been seen a dozen times until recently.

According to a study out of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, at least one source of FRBs seems to be going off every second. The specific burst, known as FRB 121102, originates 3 billion light-years from our planet. While astronomers are unsure of the source causing these frequent bursts, theories range from the plausible, young neutron stars, to the more farfetched, intelligent aliens.

Though the source of these frequent FRBs is currently unknown, further study may reveal their origin, as well as help astronomers further piece together the early history of the universe. Anastasia Fialkov, the lead author of the study, said these frequent FRBs “could allow us to study the ‘dawn’ of the universe in a new way.”

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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Emergency Residency Program

 

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Emergency Residency Program
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Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha, MD is an attending physician practicing in the emergency department of St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, Dr. Ken Mwatha went on to attend Johns Hopkins University’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program, one of the oldest of such programs in the country.

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program focuses on providing residents the training they need to excel in all facets of emergency medicine. First-year residents undergo orientation, a lecture series, and training in a wide range of specialties including emergency medicine, trauma, cardiac intensive care, pediatric emergency care, obstetrics, and ultrasound. The training takes place via a series of rotations throughout multiple Johns Hopkins-affiliated facilities.

The second and third years build upon the skills taught over the first year. Second-year residents expand their training to include critically ill patients and specialization in EMS and hand and intensive care and pediatric anesthesia. They also assist in educating medical students. Third-year residents matriculate to the position of Senior Administrative Resident, developing the managerial, teaching and supervisory skills of a junior attending physician. Third-years also play a greater role in patient care.

The final year of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program is primarily devoted to the unique Focused Advanced Specialized Training (FAST) program, wherein each resident works under the tutelage of an advisor to develop expertise in their selected specialty.

ACEP Invites Emergency Physicians to 2017 Leadership Conference

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American College of Emergency Physicians
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Since 2013, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha has served as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baltimore’s St. Agnes Hospital. Alongside his day-to-day professional activities, Dr. Ken Mwatha maintains a membership in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Throughout the year, ACEP oversees a variety of programs and events aimed at education, research, and advocacy. Currently, the organization is preparing to host its 2017 Leadership and Advocacy Conference at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. The event, which will take place March 12-15, will include sessions focused on health policy and the key issues that are currently affecting emergency medicine.

In addition to featuring educational sessions led by expert faculty and panels, the conference will give attendees the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and other key decision-makers. Both ACEP members and non-members are invited to attend the event to sharpen their advocacy and leadership skills while helping to promote their profession. For more information about the event, visit www.acep.org.

American College of Emergency Physicians Award Ceremony

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American College of Emergency Physicians
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Ken Mwatha serves as an attending physician of emergency medicine in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital. When he is not assisting patients, Ken Mwatha stays involved with professional organizations in his field, including the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians began in 1968, when a small group of doctors decided they wanted to set a higher standard for emergency care. They set out to train other physicians in how to provide quality care in this challenging setting. In 1979, emergency medicine became recognized as a specialty in the medical field.

In October of 2016, the American College of Emergency Physicians held a ceremony at its annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, that honored contributions and changes made in emergency medicine. Various awards were presented to recognize accomplishments in research, advocacy within the field, education, and quality of care. In addition, the organization granted honorary memberships to various professionals within the discipline.

Supermoon Appears in November 2016

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Super Moon
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As a physician practicing emergency medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, Ken Mwatha tends to hospital patients and treats them in emergency and life-threatening situations. In his leisure time, Ken Mwatha pursues the study of astronomy.

Astronomy enthusiasts have many opportunities to view planets and celestial bodies as they go through various phases. Some change throughout the course of the year, while others occur once in a person’s lifetime.

In November of 2016, the University of Alabama offered a public viewing of the recent supermoon, a noteworthy event since the next supermoon will not occur until the year 2034. At this point in its orbit, the moon was at its fullest, passing very close to the earth. At the Gallalee Hall Observatory, the university used their reflective telescope to allow students and members of the public to view the moon even closer. Reportedly, smaller details that are not normally visible can be seen during a supermoon, such as the moon’s craters.

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