IDEA Series: Acute Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Escape Room

By |Nov 24, 2021|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Adult learning theory supports medical educators in moving away from long lectures with minimal engagement from the learners [1]. Core emergency medicine (EM) topics lend themselves well to interactive methods such as gamification [2]. Puzzle-based activities can successfully facilitate team building in medical education [3]. EM residents commonly encounter acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the ED and must know the spectrum of presentations and approach to evaluation and treatment, including the use of risk stratification calculators. The Innovation To improve teaching of acute VTE to EM residents, we created a puzzle-based activity called “Acute VTE Escape Room.” Two teams competed [+]

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 5 Favorite Tech Tools

By |Nov 19, 2021|Categories: Academic, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |0 Comments

Technology continues to integrate with our life -- for better and worse. Our team felt that the following 5 tech tools added value and joy to our lives, and so we are sharing with you. These also make great gifts for the emergency physician or healthcare provider in your life this holiday season. Blinkist is a professional book summary subscription service that condenses key points from non-fiction books into 15-minute reads. This is an efficient way to catch with all those books that you have been putting off. The Headspace app is one of the frequently used mindfulness app in [+]

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Level-Up Gear

By |Nov 18, 2021|Categories: Academic, Life|0 Comments

The difference between a great shift in the Emergency Department and a frustrating one can sometimes be attributable to having the right gear or peri-shift routine. Listed are the top 6 "level-up" tools, recommended by our team. We have a very limited supply of custom ALiEM socks available at $20 per medium-sized pair. These socks have been rumored to quell the blackest of black clouds in the Emergency Department. It may be because of the "Stomping Out Disease" mantra on the socks. You'll have to try for yourself. We have orange (with the COVID-19 graphic) and lime green socks. These [+]

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Books

By |Nov 17, 2021|Categories: Academic, Life|Tags: |0 Comments

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we polled the ALiEM team on favorite books to buy for yourself or a fellow healthcare provider. Many of us try to make time to read in our busy schedules to learn, be entertained, understand, process, and grow. As Truman stated, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” View our top 7 recommendations below. 1. Tricks of the Trade in Emergency Medicine We are biased, but we believe that the Tricks of the Trade book would make a lovely coffee table gift for you or your colleague. The hardbound, color print [+]

How I Work Smarter: Mark Ramzy, DO EMT-P

By |Nov 12, 2021|Categories: How I Work Smarter, Medical Education|0 Comments

One word that best describes how you work? Focused Current mobile device Samsung Galaxy S20 Computer Samsung Notebook 9 What is something you are working on now? Ultrasound Teaching Curriculum (both image review and interpretation) that can be made virtual and in very small group sessions with focused teaching and infographics. How did you come up with this Idea/Project? We performed a needs assessment in ultrasound learning across different divisions and specialties (IM, Anesthesia, etc) within the hospital. This didn't just include medical students and residents/fellows, but also included attendings and faculty members with a longitudinal component to teaching. [+]

EM Match Advice: Where did all the jobs go, and did the applicants follow?

By |Oct 30, 2021|Categories: EM Match Advice, Podcasts|Tags: |0 Comments

In this episode of EM Match Advice, our panel takes on the tough issues of 2021. Specifically we discuss the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Workforce Study [1] that projects fewer jobs for emergency physicians and the hot-off-the-press ERAS data showing a drop in the number of EM residency applicants, compared to 2 years ago. Did one cause the other? In this podcast, Dr. Mike Gisondi and Dr. Michelle Lin host an esteemed panel of 3 program directors, Dr. Cassandra Bradby (East Carolina University), Dr. Adam Kellogg (Baystate Health), and Dr. Craig Krausz (Saint Louis University). The Numbers The [+]

The 1440 Doctor: 3 Tips for Combating Distractions while Working From Home

By |Oct 22, 2021|Categories: 1440 Doctor, Academic, Life|0 Comments

We have all been there. You sit down to write your next masterpiece that you know any journal would be lucky to accept and “ding” your phone goes off. You check it, you type a few words on the google document, you hear some yelling in the other room (A kid? Your neighbor's kid?). You try to focus and tell yourself not to worry about it. You need to get this section of the paper written today. The doorbell rings, you hop up to see what it is. Amazon has arrived. Sound familiar? Our brains are hardwired for distraction. Back in [+]

IDEA Series: DIY Suture Kit Station

By |Oct 15, 2021|Categories: IDEA series, Trauma|Tags: |0 Comments

In medical training there is a lack of simulation based activities including procedural labs. Suturing is a critical skill for trainees to master in the emergency department. However, supervised practice is needed prior to suturing a real patient for the first time. This innovation allows early trainees to master suturing while on shift, using easy to find materials, which increases procedural competency and confidence. This activity allows the teacher to assess and correct the trainees procedural skills prior to attempting to suture a real patient. Name of innovation This Do-It-Yourself Suture Kit Station incorporates easy to find materials available in [+]

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20 Tips for Career Success and Longevity in Emergency Medicine

By |Oct 13, 2021|Categories: Academic, Life, Wellness|0 Comments

Photo by Snapwire on The practice of emergency medicine (EM) is consistently challenging. At any given moment during a shift, emergency physicians are responsible for making numerous decisions about multiple patients. Many of these decisions are time-sensitive, some a matter of life or death. Physical, intellectual, and spiritual fatigue can set in during or after a shift. Our consultants, clinic physicians, or hospital administrators rarely understand the roller coaster we ride. Out of necessity, those of us practicing EM look for ways to navigate the peaks and valleys that make up the natural rhythm of the emergency department. I was [+]

Stanford’s INFODEMIC Conference on COVID-19 Misinformation: Open-access podcasts

By |Oct 8, 2021|Categories: Academic, COVID19|Tags: , |0 Comments

In July 2021, Dr. Vivek Murthy became the first U.S. Surgeon General to declare health misinformation a public health crisis. Specifically, COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation on social media greatly affects vaccination rates in certain populations. Rapid increases in reliable health information about COVID-19 can be overshadowed by the spread of even greater amounts of misinformation, leading to an ‘infodemic.’ The World Health Organization defines an infodemic as: “... too much information including false or misleading information in digital and physical environments during a disease outbreak. It causes confusion and risk-taking behaviours that can harm health. It also leads to [+]