About Sam Shaikh, DO

Editor, 60-Second Soapbox series
Assistant Clinical Professor, Rocky Vista University
Clinical Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
2014-15 ALiEM-CORD Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow

60-Second Soapbox: New podcast series featuring Drs. Lin, Riddell, Shaikh

aliem_soapboxWe are excited to announce our new podcast series, 60-Second Soapbox! Each episode, one lucky individual gets exactly 1 whole minute to present their rant-of-choice to the world. Any topic is on the table – clinical, academic, economic, or whatever else may interest an EM-centric audience. Don’t worry if your are microphone-shy. We will carefully remix your audio to add an extra splash of drama and excitement. Even more exciting, participants get to challenge 3 of their peers to stand on a soapbox of their own!

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My Year as the ALiEM-CORD Fellow in Social Media and Digital Scholarship

aliem-cord fellowEveryone has a slightly different relationship with technology. For me, it has always been a tool for creativity. Whether working on video, music, or photography – I have spent more hours in front of a computer than I care to admit. I always dreamed about somehow using my experience with media development in a productive way for the medical field, but judging by the doctors who I knew in high school/college (including my parents),  my impression was that physicians and the world of the internet would remain forever apart.

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By |2016-12-20T11:53:27-08:00Jun 18, 2015|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Salicylate Toxicity PV card v2: Lessons in post-publication review

I was recently the author of a PV card for management of Salicylate Toxicity, which had some discrepancy with expert opinion. The point of contention was in regards to measurement of urine pH vs serum pH for alkalinization. In preparing the first version of the card, I began with notes from a recent toxicology rotation, and expanded by examining textbooks and review articles. Although there was mention of serum pH measurement, numerous sources emphasized urine alkalinization as the primary endpoint for the treatment of aspirin toxicity. Therefore I choose to include this on the size-limited PV card.

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Tricks of the Trade: Fluorescein application techniques for the eye

stain-fluoresceinApplication of fluorescein is a vital part of the workup of ocular complaints. Despite some studies showing questionable support, the typical cited clinical concern for stored fluorescein solutions is contimination with Pseudomonas and risk for iatrogenic infection with associated ulcer formation. 1–4 Subsequently, single dose sterile strips have become the standard agent stocked in most EDs. Many patients, especially children, can be apprehensive of the application of the physical strip directly to the eye, and are more comfortable with the concept of eye drops. In this post, we review multiple technique to create fluorescein solutions and additional tips for utilization that may be integrated into your practice, depending on the supplies available to you.
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By |2019-02-19T18:59:57-08:00Jun 11, 2015|Ophthalmology, Tricks of the Trade|

PV Card: Acute Salicylate Toxicity

aspirin pillsPatients with acute salicylate toxicity can rapidly decompensate and require clinicians to understand the pathophysiology of what is going on. First a respiratory alkalosis occurs with non-specific symptoms of vomiting and dizziness. Then an anion-gap metabolic acidosis also occurs with headache, tinnitus, and confusion. Below lists the core set of labs to obtain and treatment strategies by our stellar ALiEM-CORD Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow, Dr. Sam Shaikh.

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By |2018-01-30T03:48:56-08:00Apr 8, 2015|Tox & Medications|
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