Podcasts on the ALiEM Soundcloud account

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Debriefing Critical Incidents and podcast

debriefing critical incidents (c) Can Stock Photo / joggi2002“One of the residents that I was working with was yelled at once by somebody else because he had cried while giving a family bad news. I think everyone knows when you’re giving them bad news; it’s not like a big secret. You maintaining a great deal of composure doesn’t change that fact. I think that we’re allowed to be human. If we force ourselves not to be human or have any degree of human emotion, that’s obviously not putting us on the path to wellness and certainly if we force other people not to be human that’s not putting either them or us on the path to wellness.”

—Ilene A. Claudius, MD

Breaking bad news to patients and families is a fact of life for an emergency physician. More than 300,000 patients die in emergency departments each year from either traumatic or nontraumatic cardiopulmonary arrest, and an even greater number are diagnosed with a new life-threatening or life-altering illness, such as cancer, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.1 We stand at the front lines for these patients and families when they are first confronted with death or their own mortality. It is up to us at these moments, not their specialists or family physicians, to comfort and support them in a time of need. While intensely fulfilling at times, this type of demanding emotional support can also be incredibly draining in an environment that never sleeps and never stops moving.

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By |2020-04-20T19:39:45-07:00Jan 25, 2017|Podcasts, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|

EM Match Advice: Is Emergency Medicine right for you?

In this tenth installment of the EM Match Advice series, we go back to the beginning. As a medical student, how does one know if emergency medicine is the right career choice? Is it all guts, glory, and excitement? Are ONLY working 28 hours per week? Listen to this fascinating discussion with our panelists, facilitated by Dr. Michael Gisondi (EM Program Director at Northwestern). The panelists include Dr. Michele Dorfsman (PD at University of Pittsburg), Dr. Brian Levine (PD at Christiana Care), Dr. Larissa Velez (PD at UT Southwestern), and Dr. Michelle Lin (ALiEM/UCSF).

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By |2020-04-20T19:46:59-07:00Sep 7, 2016|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

‘Treat and Release’ after Naloxone – What is the Risk of Death?

NaloxoneOften in the prehospital setting, naloxone is administered by EMS (or possibly a bystander) to reverse respiratory and CNS depression from presumed opioid overdose. The patient then wakes up, and not uncommonly, refuses transport to the hospital. The question is: Is it safe to ‘treat and release?’ Or, rather, what is the risk of death associated with this practice.

Last updated: January 2, 2019

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ALiEM Bookclub: Beyond the ED – Recommendations by Dr. Mike Gisondi

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss

Dr. Mike Gisondi is the program director of the Northwestern Emergency Medicine Residency as well as a leader in medical education, faculty development, and palliative care. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his work, receiving the 2014 ACEP National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award as well as being appointed as the director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME). For readers of ALiEM he is probably best known as the host of the EM Match Advice Series. Most importantly, for those of us whom he has directly touched, we know him for his caring, support, wit, and depth of thought. We are excited to have Dr. Mike Gisondi share his book recommendations.

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By |2020-04-20T19:47:11-07:00Aug 7, 2016|Beyond the ED, Book Club, Podcasts|

EM Match Advice: Program Directors Reflect on the 2016 Match

The new emergency medicine (EM) residency application season is upon us! Senior medical students are arranging away EM electives, asking for letters of recommendations, and thinking about what residency programs to apply to. But before we look forward, what lessons can we learn from the 2016 EM Residency Match? In this EM Match Advice series installment, an esteemed panel of program directors reflect on the trends, surprises, and lessons learned from the 2015-16 year.

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By |2020-04-20T19:47:00-07:00Jul 10, 2016|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

ALiEM BookClub | Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead

Lean In“We still have a problem” Sheryl Sandberg alarms us in her influential 2010 TED Talk, Why we have too few women leaders. “Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world.” While women are getting more college degrees and graduate degrees, and more women are entering the workforce than ever before, when it comes to leadership positions, women do not come close to matching their male counterparts. “The blunt truth is that men still run the world.”

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By |2020-04-20T19:47:11-07:00May 13, 2016|Book Club, Podcasts|

Podcasts: Pearls on Networking, Early Academic Career, and Part Time Academics in the AWAEM Professional Development Series

For those early in their academic medical career, it can be challenging to find solid, trustworthy advice on how to navigate the perils of academia. Fortunately, The Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) has published a series of video-based Peer Reviewed Lectures (PeRLs) in the Academic Emergency Medicine journal. Thanks to the journal, we were given permission to repurpose some of of the videos into podcast form. Take a listen to these short, abridged, high-yield podcasts for those pursuing an academic career.

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By |2020-04-20T19:39:55-07:00Feb 25, 2016|Podcasts, Professional Development|
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