Sign a petition: A public IN CASE OF EMERGENCY iPhone option

ICEHi, we’re Ben Friedman and Sara LaHue! We are third-year UCSF medical students who are passionate about using technology to improve access to medical care. We have both witnessed the difficulties of treating someone who presented to the Emergency Department whose identity or emergency contact was unknown. Think of these sample scenarios:

  • A commercial plane crashes and injured, non-English speaking children are separated from their parents.
  • A bicyclist is critically injured after being hit by a bus but comes with no identification information.
  • A teenager requires intubation for status asthmaticus before we could obtain her emergency contact information.
  • An elderly patient with dementia is found wandering the city streets with only an iPhone on him.  


By |2016-11-11T19:02:28-08:00Jul 8, 2013|Social Media & Tech|

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|

Should physicians be trained as “knowledge workers”?

Internet_map_1024According to Wikipedia a Knowledge Worker is someone whose main job is to employ creative, divergent, convergent thinking to solve problems with the help of searching new information. In the 21st century these Knowledge Workers may use Internet tools, such as social media, to form a collaborative network of expertise. These networks might be open or not. There are plenty of companies using knowledge management in order to optimize their performance.


By |2016-11-11T18:37:08-08:00Jun 19, 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|

How Social Media is Making an Impact in Medicine

Screen Shot 2013-05-12 at 6.15.28 PMWhether you realize it or not, the use of social media (i.e. Facebook, twitter, and blogs) has found its way into the world of medical students, residents, physicians, and medical educators all around the world. The use of these resources has several advantages versus in-person/print educational tool:

  • Overcomes physical or temporal barriers
  • Provides searchable content
  • Encourages interactivity


By |2016-11-11T18:37:29-08:00May 21, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|
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