A few months ago, the ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator launched a nation-wide competition to find the best EM residency wellness ideas out there. Today we announce the winner, Dr. Kory Gebhardt and the Northwestern EM residency program. Thanks to the Chief Resident Incubator’s sponsor EBSCO Health/DynaMed Plus for generously underwriting this grant, which focuses on the crucial and often underappreciated aspect of graduate medical education and training — wellness.
Are you creative? Got a knack for acronyms and catchy names? Want to have bragging rights on naming a major American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) initiative? Want to win a $250 prize? Here is your chance. ALiEM has partnered with ACEP to help be the social media wing in their ambitious, grand-scale quality improvement collaborative based on Choosing Wisely recommendations.
Every year, we try to get a unique gift for many of our core team members to show our appreciation for them, their tireless enthusiasm and dedication to education, and pioneering spirit. It is only a small token of our appreciation. A few months ago, we have expanded to giving out such gifts to members of our Chief Resident Incubator as well. Inspired by custom socks that the Slack company made for its employees, I thought — why not ALiEM socks?
The Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) conference named the Cosmopolitan Hotel (Las Vegas, NV) its new home as of October 2015. The conference is one of the largest live EM educational conferences in the world with over 2,000 attendees. The conference organizers, led by Dr. Paul Jhun, are again offering an amazing opportunity for U.S. EM residents to serve as an EEM Fellow for the next EEM conference in May 10-12, 2016.
At the recent 2015 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, many of emergency medicine’s (EM) finest speakers arrived to share their expertise with the EM community. Two were ACEP Live talks, hosted and recorded by the Annals of Emergency Medicine, featuring Dr. Seth Trueger (@MDAware, Assistant Social Media Editor for Annals of EM) and Dr. Iltifat Husain (@iMedicalApps, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApp.com). Do you agree or disagree with their lists? What are your favorite apps?
The emergency department (ED) manages acute pain on a daily basis, ranging from non-traumatic back pain to traumatic fractures. Some providers jump immediately to opioids without considering other non-opioid alternatives or start at incorrect doses. In the age of the opioid epidemic (ALiEM-Annals of EM journal club; bookclub discussing Dreamland) and medication errors, choosing the initial right agent(s) and dose(s) are important. Dr. Nick Koch and Dr. Sergey Motov (@PainFreeED) from Maimonides Medical Center present a thoughtful, evidence-based PV reference card on selecting and dosing initial pain medications for ED patients. Also congratulations to Dr. Motov and his team for their recent 2015 Annals of EM publication1 on subdissociative dose ketamine for analgesia.
For many years, end tidal CO2 monitoring initially was helpful in differentiating tracheal versus esophageal intubations. Now with continuous end tidal capnography, providers have access to so much more information during a cardiac arrest resuscitation, as summarized by the recently released 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations.1 Thanks to Dr. Abdullah Bakhsh from Emory University for a great PV card to help remind us of these key cardiac resuscitation pearls.