About Nikita Joshi, MD

ALiEM Chief People Officer and Associate Editor
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University

ALiEM Sim Case Series: Mass Casualty Building Bombing

disasterCase Writer:  Nikita Joshi, MD

Keywords: Mass casualty incident, building bombing, disaster, triage, ethics

Educational Objectives


  • Develop system of triage to optimize patient outcomes in prehospital disaster setting
  • Effectively utilize color coded tagging method to assist in categorizing patients
  • Develop treatment plans to address immediate emergency conditions per ATLS protocols


  • Maintain team and personnel safety precautions
  • Regularly provide updates to incident command center


By |2019-02-19T18:08:27-08:00Jul 5, 2013|Simulation|

ALiEM Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Just like scores of other premedical students all striving to get acceptance to medical school, I volunteered and did research during college. I elected to work in the Virology department because I wanted to study viruses like HIV, RSV, and SARS that were causing havoc on our society. I do recall that we used HeLa cells frequently in our research. In fact, most scientists in that department used HeLa cells on a regular basis regardless of the focus of their projects. I didn’t think much of the cells and I definitely never thought of where or from whom those cells may have come from. They were simply a day to day part of my research, just like assays used for western blots. It wasn’t until I learned of the publication of the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [Amazon link], that I came to learn about the incredible back story of these amazing HeLa cells. I believe that this book has valuable lessons to teach us clinicians about our patients, how we relate to our patients, and the significant roles we inadvertently play in their lives.


By |2016-11-11T19:02:21-08:00Jun 28, 2013|Book Club, Medical Education|

Launching the ALiEM Book Club

Everyone involved in medicine has read a significant amount of books over their lifetime. Some of those books were read willingly, whereas others not so willingly (sorry, Histology textbook). Regardless, most of us have an inner love of reading and continue to do so even when we are not forced to do so for a test or class.

We are launching “The ALiEM Book Club”!


By |2019-02-19T18:55:48-08:00Jun 28, 2013|Book Club, Medical Education|

Reflections on CMS Simulation Instructor Course

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 3.03.29 PMI just completed the 4 day intensive Center for Medical Simulation Institute for Medical Simulation Instructor Course.  The title of the course is a mouthful and just as intense and high yield as the actual course was itself.  The chief purpose of the course is to develop debriefing skills as a medical instructor. The structure and nature of the course seemed so effortless and fluid, and yet at the end of the 4 days, I knew that the debriefing skills I had learned were ingrained into my brain. I highly recommend this course to any medical educator with simulation interest.  In this post, I want to share with you a few of the highlights and encourage everyone to learn more. (more…)

By |2016-11-17T08:48:10-08:00Jun 22, 2013|Medical Education, Simulation|

Navigating the waters of medical education and social media

SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine held a lecture series May 22, 2013 as a primer for the EM residents on how to use social media to enhance medical education. This session was designed to be an introduction for the novice on how to get the most out of FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation), Twitter, and Blogging with a section on professionalism. Invited speakers included Drs. David Marcus, Jeremy Faust, Jordana Haber, and myself Nikita Joshi. The slides from the session are presented below. Enjoy!


By |2016-10-26T17:04:57-07:00Jun 21, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Pitfalls to avoid in collecting patient related teaching materials

Brugada SyndromeEducators are eager to gather valuable learning tools such as EKGs and x-rays to be used in teaching for our learners, whether from our home institutions or internationally through the internet. However, this may not always be seen as altruistic; history and even modern day medicine is full of examples of misguided attempts to further medicine at the expense of patients such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment from 1932-1972.

The focus of this post is how to go about collecting patient data for teaching purposes and avoiding confidentiality and consent violations while always remaining respectful of the patient and their rights.   


By |2016-11-11T19:02:21-08:00Jun 21, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Maximizing Conferences through Twitter

Conferences are necessary. It’s how we network, exchange research ideas, and share advances in emergency medicine. The reality is that we cannot attend every conference out there because of time, money, and schedule conflicts. But thanks to Twitter, it is no longer necessary to be physically present to reap the benefits of a conference.

This post lists information on how to get involved and stay involved with the Twitter conversation and learn from our great conferences without breaking your bank or schedule.


By |2017-03-05T14:14:47-08:00May 24, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|
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