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SplintER Series: Hip Pain Following an MVC

By |Aug 19, 2020|Categories: Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Orthopedic, SplintER|

A 48-year-old female presents to the emergency department after a high-speed motor vehicle collision (MVC). She is complaining of left hip pain. Her radiographs are shown (Image 1 courtesy of Dr Ayaz Hidayatov, Radiopaedia.org, rID: 52760). What is your diagnosis? What is the likely mechanism of injury? What physical exam findings are expected? What is your management in the emergency department and when should you consult orthopedics? […]

SAEM Clinical Image Series: The Cocaine Gut

By |Aug 17, 2020|Categories: Emergency Medicine, SAEM Clinical Images, Tox & Medications|

A sixty-five-year-old male with a medical history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hypertension, alcohol dependence, homelessness, and cocaine abuse presents to the emergency department with abdominal pain for three days. The patient describes his abdominal pain as knife-like, 9/10, located diffusely throughout his abdomen, with associated anorexia and nausea. He reports that he had one episode of coffee ground emesis this morning which provoked him to come to the ED. He reports frequent cocaine use with his last use three days ago. He endorses subjective fevers, chills, and no bowel movement for two days. He [...]

SAEM Clinical Image Series: Severe Cutaneous Lesions in an Immunocompromised Host

By |Aug 17, 2020|Categories: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, SAEM Clinical Images|

A thirty-one-year-old female presented to the emergency department with the complaint of a painful rash for 2 days. She has a history of HIV with a known CD4 count < 200 cells/µL. She states that the rash began two days ago and progressed to the current size. She describes the rash as burning and has never experienced these symptoms before. She has tried topical corticosteroids which did not alleviate the pain. […]

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Free ALiEM MEdIC Series Book – Volume 5

By |Aug 14, 2020|Categories: Academic, MEdIC series, Medical Education|

This is a bittersweet moment for the MEdIC Editorial team – the launch of our 5th and final volume of our Medical Education in Cases ebook. We are very excited to showcase the compilation of our final season and hope that it serves you well as you all look to expand your online learning and teaching resources during this incredible time in medical history. We hope that you, your colleagues, and the greater FOAMed community enjoy this collaborative collection of high-quality cases and curated online commentary centered on educational, ethical, and professionalism-based quandaries. Your support, contributions, and enthusiasm for the [...]

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SplintER Series: Elbow Injury

By |Aug 12, 2020|Categories: Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Orthopedic, SplintER|

A 70-year-old female presents with left elbow pain and deformity after falling on an outstretched hand. You obtain shoulder x-rays and see the above images. What is the most likely diagnosis, likely mechanism of injury, expected physical exam findings, and management plan?  (Image 1: AP and lateral views of the left elbow. Author’s own images) […]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Found Down with Altered Mental Status

By |Aug 10, 2020|Categories: Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, Neurology, SAEM Clinical Images|

A forty-nine-year-old male with a history of polysubstance abuse, including methamphetamine and intravenous (IV) drug use, rectal cancer, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was brought into the emergency department by emergency medical services (EMS) after he was found down at the bottom of a flight of stairs by his roommate. In the emergency room, he was found to have a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of 7 and was intubated for airway protection. Non-contrast head CT was performed. Per the roommate, the patient had been “not himself,” exhibiting strange behavior and weight loss. History and [...]

ALiEM AIR | Renal/Genitourinary 2020 Module

By |Aug 7, 2020|Categories: ALiEMU, Approved Instructional Resources (AIR series), Genitourinary, Renal|

Welcome to the AIR Renal/Genitourinary Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index, the ALiEM AIR Team is proud to present the highest quality online content related to renal and genitourinary emergencies. 6 blog posts within the past 12 months (as of May 2020) met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 1 AIR and 5 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 3 hours (about 30 minutes per article) of III credit for this module. AIR Stamp of [...]

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SplintER Series: Finger pain

By |Aug 5, 2020|Categories: Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Orthopedic, SplintER|Tags: , |

A 45-year-old male presents to the emergency department (ED) with right hand pain after an e-bike accident. Physical exam shows deformity and tenderness at the 5th proximal phalanx. Radiographs are shown above (Image 1: Plain radiography of right hand with AP and oblique views. Author’s own images). What is the most likely diagnosis? What are the important aspects of the associated physical examination? What is the management in ED, including pain management? When do you consult orthopedics? […]

ALiEMU Relaunch: Get a new account to check out our new look, digital badges, and courses

By |Aug 3, 2020|Categories: ALiEMU|

ALiEMU is 5 years old, and we are moving out of our toddler stages and growing up developmentally. As we all rely more heavily on digital resources during the COVID-19 era, we felt that this was the perfect time for a major upgrade. Our team remains committed to the motto of “Be Free to Learn,” and in accordance with this mantra, all of the content on our custom learning management system is open-access for anyone interested in learning about emergency medicine topics. We also remain committed to helping EM residency programs who need a trusted resource for asynchronous conference credit [...]

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Physician Wellness in the COVID-19 Era | Wellness Think Tank

By |Jul 31, 2020|Categories: Life, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|Tags: |

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in many ways, and for trainees in medicine, the new day-to-day experience of residency continues to adapt and take shape. COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected clinical experiences and educational curricula for residencies. Personal wellbeing for EM residents has become even more important with the new stressors of being on the frontlines. How has the resident experience changed in the ED? How are residents dealing personally and professionally with the new state of things? What strategies, interventions, and resources that residents are utilizing to combat burnout? […]