23 11, 2015

AIR-Pro Series: Trauma (2015)

By |November 23rd, 2015|Approved Instructional Resources PRO (AIR-Pro Series), Trauma|0 Comments

ALiEM-AIR-Badge-PRO-only smBelow we have listed our selection of the 8 highest quality blog posts related to 4 advanced level questions on trauma topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. When to give tranexamic acid in the trauma patient
  2. The pregnant trauma patient
  3. Transfusions in the trauma patient
  4. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)

In this module, we have 6 AIR-Pro’s and we did not include any honorable mentions to prevent redundancy of the topics covered. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net.

21 11, 2015

I am Dr. Matt Fields, Ultrasound Fellowship Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |November 21st, 2015|Healthy in EM|1 Comment

How I Stay Healthy logoDr. Matt Fields is an emergency physician and Director of the Ultrasound Fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University. For Dr. Fields, a large part about staying well is prioritizing and keeping things in perspective. His strategies for wellness include constant reflection, knowing your limits, and having activities that allow you to decompress. His love for running, allows him to stay active and appreciate his surrounding environment. Check out how he stays healthy in emergency medicine!

20 11, 2015

ALiEM Bookclub: Beyond the ED – Recommendations by Dr. Shannon McNamara

By |November 20th, 2015|ALiEM Book Club|0 Comments

book magic beyond the EDAs a busy Emergency Physician, I find that I am always happier when I have a mystery novel to read during my free time. I’ve been a mystery fan since I was a kid, growing up on Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown. Below I’d like to share some of my favorites. These authors are chosen for quality and readability with a preference for the prolific. If you like one of their books, you will likely find ten more.

17 11, 2015

ALIEM Bookclub – Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine

By |November 17th, 2015|ALiEM Book Club, Medical Education|0 Comments

51Ca9x9ZyZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_As a practicing Emergency Medicine physician, I have spent almost the last decade of my life immersed in a culture of medical education. Actually, not quite accurate, as I have spent my life since middle school years either studying for one standardized test to another, or buffing my CV with medical related volunteering experiences in pursuit of my medical aspirations. Even prior to beginning medical school, I was drawn to the culture of medicine, what I saw as a commitment to altruism, and dedication to preserving patient health and quality of life.

In my actual training, most apparent during those grueling residency years, I was exposed to another culture of medicine; this period of my life was composed of fatigue, imposter syndrome, fear that my actions or ineptitude could directly cause patient harm or death. These emotions and feeling were just as present as my desire to heal and serve. I know that my experience is not unique, but what I didn’t know was the fascinating history of how this culture of medicine, and medical education has evolved since before the original establishment of residency education at Johns Hopkins in 1889. As the famous quote states, “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”, which underlies the importance of reading and reflecting upon Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine by Dr. Kenneth M. Ludmerer [Link].

12 11, 2015

The quality checklists for health professions blogs and podcasts

By |November 12th, 2015|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

Checklists-Mededlife-logo-smallThe use of blogs and podcasts within health professions education is rapidly increasing, especially among emergency medicine and critical care learners [1-5]. However, there are no standardized quality assessment methods for the learners and educators that use and produce them. This dilemma led the MedEdLife Research Collaborative to launch a research agenda with the goal of developing a tool to assess the quality of blogs and podcasts. This was done through the series of studies that are presented in this blog.