19 10, 2016

52 Articles in 52 Weeks (2nd edition, 2016)

By | October 19th, 2016|Clinical, Medical Education|0 Comments

journal-articles-canstockphoto3359042-200x300Maintaining lifelong learning is challenging, especially when trying to keep up with all of the journal publications in emergency medicine (EM). In 2013, we published a compilation of 52 journal articles, which interns could read over a 52-week period, at an average pace of 1 journal article per week. In the list below, we present an updated compilation for the “52 Articles in 52 Weeks” initiative.


17 10, 2016

Whipped Cream Charger Abuse: The Toxicologist Mindset

By | October 17th, 2016|Tox & Medications|3 Comments

whipped cream chargerThe Toxicologist Mindset series features real-life cases from the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System.

Case: A 39-year-old man, with no significant past medical history, was brought to the emergency department by family members, over three consecutive days, for anxiety, confusion, and ataxia. In the first two visits, his laboratory work-up, including complete blood cell count, chemistry panel, liver function tests, urine drug screen, and non-contrast head CT, were unremarkable. On his third visit, he was profoundly encephalopathic with confusion and poor concentration. He had bilateral lower extremity weakness and ataxia. He was admitted to the neurology service for further work up. Additional history revealed that hundreds of empty canisters of whipped cream chargers were found in his house.


16 10, 2016

ALiEM Book Club: On The Move

By | October 16th, 2016|ALiEM Book Club|0 Comments|Editors: Jordana Haber, MD

Oliver Sacks On the Move“I am a storyteller, for better and for worse. I suspect that a feeling for stories, for narrative, is a universal human disposition, going with our powers of language, consciousness of self, and autobiographical memory.” —Oliver Sacks, On the Move

Oliver Sacks has been many things in his life—physician, writer, researcher, drug addict, power lifter, motorcycle lover. He writes about all of these experiences as they have arced across the course of his much varied life in his memoir, On the Move [Amazon]. In this colorful autobiography, Sacks bobs and weaves through his own life, at times focusing in on the smallest detail, and at others zooming back for the 10,000 foot benefit of hindsight. Parts of the book are starkly innocent, while others border on frank arrogance. He demonstrates a complexity of personal characteristics that is at once believable and larger-than-life. (more…)

15 10, 2016

Introducing CME for ALiEM via FOAMbase

By | October 15th, 2016|CME, Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

foambase-aliem-logo-sml cmeEver wish you could get Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) you already consume? We are excited to announce that 10 ALiEM articles are now available for AMA PRA Category 1 CME. This is a pilot program in collaboration with FOAMbase and EB Medicine. There is great content on trauma, geriatrics, pediatrics, critical care, and more. We think CME for FOAM is going to be a great way to increase sustainability for FOAM authors while keeping FOAM 100% free and open access.



14 10, 2016

MEdIC: Case of Cognitive Overload – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By | October 14th, 2016|MEdIC series|2 Comments

cognitive overloadThe Case of Cognitive Overload outlined a scenario of a junior resident dealing with the harsh realities of working in emergency medicine when she experiences the negative impacts of cognitive overload while caring for a sick patient. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 2 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!


12 10, 2016

I am Dr. Alicia Pilarski – How I Promote Wellness in EM

By | October 12th, 2016|How I Promote Wellness|0 Comments

Wellness is not the sole responsibility of each individual physician, rather it is something we have to foster as a community. Many if not most of the things that contribute to burnout or detract from wellness are systems-level problems. Therefore the solutions also need to be systems-based, which inspired us to launch this series on how to promote wellness in EM. The goal is to share ideas, practices, and programs that have worked at different institutions to promote wellness. Our hope is that in reading these posts, you will be inspired to take some of the ideas and implement them in your own program. In this way we can slowly change the system that has produced a 70% burnout rate among Emergency Physicians and start to build programs and systems that promote wellness, resiliency, and career longevity. In this post, Dr. Pilarski discusses how she founded the Medical College of Wisconsin Wellness Committee, the challenges she overcame, and what the committee has accomplished.


10 10, 2016

ALiEMU CAPSULES Module 7: Emergency Thyroid Disorders

By | October 10th, 2016|Endocrine-Metabolic, Tox & Medications|0 Comments

We are proud to present CAPSULES module 7: Emergency Thyroid Disorders, now published on ALiEMU. Here is a summary of the key points from this outstanding module by Drs. Craig Cocchio and Colleen Martin.