Scott Alter

http://www.scottalter.com

Experience

Associate Research Director / Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science, Division of Emergency Medicine, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 2016 - present

EMS Director / Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine Physicians of Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC, 2014 - 2016

Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC, 2013 - 2016

EMS Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC, 2013 - 2014

Assistant Medical Director/EMS Fellow, Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency, Charlotte, NC, 2013 - 2014

Resident Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health, Morristown, NJ, 2010 - 2013

Paramedic, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, Englewood, NJ, 2006 - 2013

Director of Information Technology, Felix Storch, Inc, Bronx, NY, 2004 - 2006

Web Editor, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI, 2003 - 2004

President & Founder, Symphony Hosting, LLC, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, 2001 - Present

EMT/Crew Chief, Tri-Boro Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Park Ridge, NJ, 2001 - 2009

Computer Consultant, independent contractor, 1998 - Present

Education

Doctor of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Piscataway, NJ, 2010

Paramedic Internship, The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ, 2005

Paramedic Certificate, Union County College, Plainfield, NJ, 2005

Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies, University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Ann Arbor, MI, 2004

High School Diploma, Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Hackensack, NJ, 2001

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate, Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute, Mahwah, NJ, 2000

Certifications

Board Certifications

Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2014

Emergency Medical Services, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2015

Other Certifications and Courses

Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD), International Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch, 2014

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), American College of Surgeons, 2010

Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents (ICS-300), Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2010

National Incident Management System, An Introduction (IS-700), Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2006

Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP), National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, 2005

ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200), Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2005

Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS-100), Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2005

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association, 2005

Healthcare Provider (BLS), American Heart Association, 2000

Past Certifications

International Trauma Life Support Advanced (ITLS), 2009

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, 2007

Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic (MICP), New Jersey Department of Health, 2005

Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers (PEPP-ALS), American Academy of Pediatrics, 2005

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), American Heart Association, 2005

First Aid, CPR, & AED Instructor, American Red Cross, 2002

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B), New Jersey Department of Health, 2001

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Systems, 2000

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Canelas CM, Shih RD, Clayton LM, Giroski LJ, Alter SM, Feinstein S, Learman LA. Repeat acute abdomen and hemoperitoneum during the same pregnancy due to a ruptured ectopic treated by salpingostomy. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017;36(6):942.e1-942.e3.

Alter SM, Walsh B, Lenehan PJ, Shih RD. Ultrasound for diagnosis of appendicitis in a community hospital emergency department has a high rate of non-diagnostic studies. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017;52(6):833-838.

Caceres JW, Alter SM, Shih RD, Fernandez JD, Williams FK, Paley R, Benda W, Clayton LM. Standardized physician-administered patient-centered discharge protocol improves patients' comprehension. Southern Medical Journal. 2017;110(5):359-362.

Alter SM, Infinger A, Swanson DR, Studnek JR. Evaluating clinical care in the prehospital setting: Is Rapid Emergency Medicine Score the missing metric of EMS?. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017;35(2):218-221.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. Diagnosis of aortic dissection in emergency department patients is rare. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2015;16(5):629-631.

Appiah O, Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. Ingroup favoritism and outgroup derogation: Effects of news valence, character race, and recipient race on selective news reading. Journal of Communication. 2013;63(3):517-534.

Alter SM, Merlin MA. Nosocomial and community-acquired infection rates of patients treated by pre-hospital advanced life support compared to other admitted patients. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2011;29(1):57-64.

Merlin MA, Saybolt M, Kapitanyan R, Alter SM, Jeges J, Liu J, Calabrese S, Rynn KO, Perritt R, Pryor PW II. Intranasal naloxone delivery is an alternative to intravenous naloxone for opioid overdoses. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2010;28(3):296-303.

Saybolt MD, Alter SM, Dos Santos FD, Calello DP, Rynn KO, Nelson DA, Merlin MA. Naloxone in cardiac arrest with suspected opioid overdoses. Resuscitation. 2010;81(1):42-46.

Merlin MA, Alter SM, Raffel B, Pryor PW II. External blood loss estimation using the MAR Method. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2009;27(9):1085-1090.

Knobloch-Westerwick S, Appiah O, Alter S. News selection patterns as a function of race: The discerning minority and the indiscriminating majority. Media Psychology. 2008;11(3):400-417.

Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. The gender news use divide: Americans' sex-typed selective exposure to online news topics. Journal of Communication. 2007;57(4):739-758.

Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. Mood adjustment to social situations through mass media use: How men ruminate and women dissipate negative moods. Human Communication Research. 2006;32(1):58-73. Press Coverage

Knobloch-Westerwick S, Sharma N, Hansen D, Alter S. Impact of popularity indications on readers' selective exposure to online news. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. 2005;49(3):296-313.

Published Abstracts

Alter SM, Clayton LM, Walsh B. Intubation of prehospital patients with curved laryngoscope blade is more successful than with straight blade. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2017;21(1):133.

Alter SM, Studnek JR, Swanson DR. Dispatch chief complaint may identify prehospital patients most in need of EMS. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2017;21(1):136.

Clayton LM, Alter SM, Walsh B, Shih RD. Success rate of prehospital LMA placement after failed intubation attempts. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2017;21(1):134.

Alter SM, Studnek JR, Swanson DR. Evaluating clinical care in the prehospital setting: Is REMS the missing metric of EMS?. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2016;20(1):138.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The detection rate of pulmonary embolisms by emergency physicians has increased. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2012;19(4):S21.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The diagnosis of aortic dissections by ED physicians is rare. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2012;19(4):S102.

Saybolt MD, Alter SM, Dos Santos FD, Calello DP, Rynn KO, Nelson DA, Merlin MA. Naloxone in cardiac arrest with suspected opioid overdoses. Clinical Toxicology. 2009;47(7):702-765.

Merlin MA, Alter SM, Raffel BJ, Pryor PW II, Cody RP, Levy RS. A quick and easy determination of external blood loss using the 'MAR Method'. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2008;12(1):95-139.

Presentations

Oral Presentations

Alter SM, Studnek JR, Swanson DR. Evaluating clinical care in the prehospital setting: Is REMS the missing metric of EMS?. Presented at the National Association of EMS Physicians conference; January 14-16, 2016; San Diego, CA.

Garguilo S, Ewoldsen DR, Myers T, Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter SM, Fazio RH. Selective exposure as an attitude bolstering behavior: Using media to affirm attitudes and reduce dissonance. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; June 17-21, 2013; London, England.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The detection rate of pulmonary embolisms by emergency physicians has increased. Presented at the SAEM Annual Meeting; May 9-12, 2012; Chicago, IL.

Appiah O, Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. A selective exposure experiment on social identity theory: Effects of news valence, character race, and recipient race on selective news reading. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention; August 6-9, 2008; Chicago, IL.

Knobloch-Westerwick S, Appiah O, Alter S. News selection patterns as a function of race: The discerning minority and the indiscriminating majority. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention; August 2-5, 2006; San Francisco, CA.

Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. Sex-segregated news consumption: Origins of gender-typed patterns of Americans' selective exposure to news topics. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; June 19-23, 2006; Dresden, Germany.

Knobloch S, Alter S. Selective social comparison with news personae in gender-typed contexts. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; May 26-30, 2005; New York, NY.

Knobloch S, Sharma N, Hansen D, Alter S. Impact of popularity indications on readers' selective exposure to online news. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; May 26-30, 2005; New York, NY.

Alter S, Brück J, Knobloch S. Investigations of media content selections using online methodology. Presented at the Dresden University of Technology; July 13, 2004; Dresden, Germany.

Alter S, Knobloch S. Mood adjustment with exposure to good and bad news. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; May 27-31, 2004; New Orleans, LA.

Buis L, Ng I, Sharma N, Hansen D, Carter TJA, Alter S, Knobloch S. Interactive features in online news: Effects of anticipated interpersonal online exchange on selective exposure to online news. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; May 27-31, 2004; New Orleans, LA.

Carter TJA, Buis L, Hansen D, Sharma N, Ng I, Alter S, Knobloch S. Race, gender & selective exposure: Effects of news personage characteristics on online news selections. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; May 27-31, 2004; New Orleans, LA.

Sharma N, Hansen D, Buis L, Carter TJA, Ng I, Alter S, Knobloch S. "It's all in the ratings:" Impact of ratings on selection of online news articles. Presented at the International Communication Association conference; May 27-31, 2004; New Orleans, LA.

Poster Presentations

Alter SM, Clayton LM, Walsh B. Intubation of prehospital patients with curved laryngoscope blade is more successful than with straight blade. Presented at the National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting; January 24-26, 2017; New Orleans, LA.

Alter SM, Studnek JR, Swanson DR. Dispatch chief complaint may identify prehospital patients most in need of EMS. Presented at the National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting; January 24-26, 2017; New Orleans, LA.

Clayton LM, Alter SM, Walsh B, Shih RD. Success rate of prehospital LMA placement after failed intubation attempts. Presented at the National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting; January 24-26, 2017; New Orleans, LA.

Walsh B, Shih R, Hung O, Alter SM, Walsh K. The (lack of) benefit of a pediatric radiologist in the ultrasound diagnosis of appendicitis in a community hospital. Presented at the EuSEM Congress; September 28-October 1, 2014; Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Alter SM, Lenehan P, Walsh B, Walsh K. Utility of ultrasound to diagnose appendicitis in community hospitals. Presented at the AAEM Scientific Assembly; February 9-13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The detection rate of pulmonary embolisms by emergency physicians has increased. Presented at the Atlantic Health System Research Day; June 6, 2012; Morristown, NJ.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The diagnosis of aortic dissections by ED physicians is rare. Presented at the Atlantic Health System Research Day; June 6, 2012; Morristown, NJ.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The detection rate of pulmonary embolisms by emergency physicians has increased. Presented at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Resident and Fellow Research Day; June 1, 2012; New York, NY.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The diagnosis of aortic dissections by ED physicians is rare. Presented at the SAEM Annual Meeting; May 9-12, 2012; Chicago, IL.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The detection rate of pulmonary embolisms by emergency physicians has increased. Presented at the NJ-ACEP Scientific Assembly; May 8, 2012; East Windsor, NJ.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The diagnosis of aortic dissections by ED physicians is rare. Presented at the NJ-ACEP Scientific Assembly; May 8, 2012; East Windsor, NJ.

Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. The detection rate of aortic dissections by emergency physicians has increased. Presented at the NJ-ACEP Scientific Assembly; May 10, 2011; East Windsor, NJ.

Saybolt MD, Alter SM, Dos Santos FD, Calello DP, Rynn KO, Nelson DA, Merlin MA. Naloxone in cardiac arrest with suspected opioid overdoses. Presented at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology; September 21-26, 2009; San Antonio, TX.

Saybolt MD, Alter SM, Dos Santos FD, Calello DP, Rynn KO, Nelson DA, Merlin MA. Naloxone administration during nontraumatic cardiac arrest. Presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting; March 26-27, 2009; Newark, DE.

Merlin MA, Alter SM, Raffel BJ, Pryor PW II, Cody RP, Levy RS. A quick and easy determination of external blood loss using the 'MAR Method'. Presented at the National Association of EMS Physicians conference; January 10-12, 2008; Phoenix, AZ.