SAEM 2010 (June 2-6, 2010)

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The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) annual meeting starts this week. Instead of my regular posts, I thought I’d try using the Twitter widget to post real-time, first-hand accounts and photos from the conference.

SAEM is a very dynamic and productive conference, where academicians in Emergency Medicine meet to pow-wow about the future of our specialty.

By |2016-11-11T19:00:44-08:00Jun 1, 2010|Medical Education|

Amazing video: Awake endotracheal intubation

Videos are priceless when trying to teach procedures. This amazing teaching video by Dr. Michael Bailin at Mass General demonstrates a novel way of anesthetizing the airway during an awake intubation.

  1. Inject 3 cc of lidocaine using a small butterfly needle through the cricothyroid membrane. This causes coughing, which spreads the lidocaine throughout the upper airway.
  2. Inject 5 cc of atomized lidocaine through the fiberoptic scope port to anesthetize the posterior oropharynx and vocal cords.
  3. Slide the endotracheal tube over the fiberoptic scope.

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By |2019-01-28T23:43:42-08:00Apr 8, 2010|Medical Education|

Article review: Preparing for clinical clerkships during medical school

TurtleScaredsmDo you remember the sheer terror you felt, when you first started your medical school clinical rotations? Your first two years were probably spent in classrooms and small-group labs discussing anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, etc.

Then BAM! You are thrown into the deep end of the pool. You are now on a clinical team of medical professionals taking care of actual patients!

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By |2016-11-11T19:01:26-08:00Apr 5, 2010|Education Articles, Medical Education|

What do you do with old posters?

PostersHallIn academia, it is common practice to make posters of your abstracts for national conferences. Once you are done presenting, what DO people do with the posters? I have several posters rolled up in my garage collected over the years.

If the answer is nothing, why can’t we find a more creative way to display static (or even video) content during abstract sessions? Perhaps use a large LCD screen instead of posters taped to a backboard?

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By |2016-11-11T19:01:27-08:00Apr 1, 2010|Medical Education|

Article review: The future of EM

CrystalBallsmAs I was perusing through a recent Academic Medicine journal, I came across this interesting perspective piece on Emergency Medicine, written by national leaders in our specialty.

This article essentially states that how the nation addresses ED crowding will define the future of EM. Currently, Emergency Departments are at a breaking point where overwhelming demands are commonly placed on under-resourced practices.

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By |2016-11-11T19:01:27-08:00Mar 29, 2010|Education Articles, Medical Education|