How can I keep up with so many landmark articles in Emergency Medicine (EM)? This is an often asked question we hear from interns and residents. Published in 2013 (1st edition) and 2016 (2nd edition), the “52 Articles in 52 Weeks” compendium is a compilation of 52 journal articles provided interns a list to read over a 52-week period, at an average pace of 1 journal article per week. We present the updated 2022 compilation.

Methodology for Article Selection

We primarily build off of the original list from 2016. These 52 articles were refreshed such that newer landmark articles replaced those on the same topic.  Additional publications were considered if they were cited on MDCalc’s site or reviewed on clinical EM websites like REBEL EM, Wiki Journal Club, and The Bottom Line during 2016-2022. A panel of 7 EM faculty with a niche in graduate medical education could also add publications for consideration. A total of 71 articles were scored by these 7 faculty using the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) score with an EM intern audience in mind.

Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) Scoring [1]

Question for reviewer: Assuming that the results of this article are valid, how much does this article impact on EM clinical practice?

BEEM ScoreDescription (revised for EM intern audience)
1Useless information
2Not really interest, not really new, changes nothing
3Interesting and new, but doesn’t change practice
4Interesting and new, has the potential to change practice
5New and important: this would probably change practice for some EM interns
6New and important: this would change practice for most EM interns
7This is a “must know for EM interns

Results

The final list of the top 52 articles, based on the mean BEEM scores, are presented below in descending rank order. A bonus 53rd article is also listed because there was a 4-way tie for articles #50-53. Feel free to copy-paste this list into your own Google Sheets or Excel spreadsheet for list sortability.

Project Lead

  • Nicholas Dulin, MD (EM Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center; Captain, Medical Corps, United States Air Force)

Faculty Raters

  1. Claire Abramoff, MD (Assistant Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center)
  2. Layla Abubshait, MD (Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery)
  3. Jacqueline Dash, MS, DO (Core Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center)
  4. Joseph Herres, DO (Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center)
  5. Jessica Parsons, MD (Associate Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center)
  6. Anthony Sielicki, MD (Assistant Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center)
  7. Steven J. Walsh, MD (Medical Toxicology Faculty, Einstein Medical Center)

Reference

  1. Worster A, Kulasegaram K, Carpenter C, et al. Consensus conference follow-up: inter-rater reliability assessment of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) rater scale, a medical literature rating tool for emergency physicians. Acad Emerg Med. 2011;18(11):1193-1200. [PubMed]
Nicholas Shane Dulin, MD

Nicholas Shane Dulin, MD

Resident Physician
Department of Emergency Medicine
Einstein Medical Center;
Captain, Medical Corps
United States Air Force
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Claire Abramoff, MD

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Assistant Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Einstein Medical Center
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Layla Abubshait, MD

Layla Abubshait, MD

Associate Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jeffersion University
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Jacqueline Dash, MS, DO

Jacqueline Dash, MS, DO

Core Faculty
Department of Emergency Medicine
Einstein Medical Center
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Joseph Herres, DO

Joseph Herres, DO

Research Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Einstein Healthcare Network
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Jessica Parsons, MD

Jessica Parsons, MD

Associate Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Einstein Medical Center
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Anthony Sielicki, MD

Anthony Sielicki, MD

Assistant Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Einstein Medical Center
Steven J. Walsh, MD

Steven J. Walsh, MD

Medical Toxicologist Faculty
Einstein Healthcare Network
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