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The 1440 Doctor: How to Unplug While Working From Home

By |Jan 19, 2022|Categories: 1440 Doctor, Life|

When we are scheduled for a clinical shift, we are well aware of our work hours for the day (and any added charting time afterwards). However on our academic days working from home (WFH) the separation between work and leisure time becomes more blurry.  Harvard Business Review studies found that being on the road can help people switch gears between home and work (1). Blake Ashforth et al. in “All in a Day’s Work: Boundaries and Mirco Role Transitions'' writes about the importance of the transition between work to non-work, including “boundary-crossing activities,” such as putting on work clothes and [+]

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Improving Your ED Efficiency: Upgrade This Elusive Skill

By |Dec 17, 2021|Categories: Academic, Life, Medical Education, Medical Student|

No specialty in medicine requires “efficiency” more than Emergency Medicine (EM). Being able to seamlessly and quickly move between tasks is a necessary skill to function in the Emergency Department (ED). The controlled chaos and many moving parts can be overwhelming to new learners in the department and takes dedicated time and experience to overcome. Along with learning the necessary medical knowledge, efficiency expertise is crucial to becoming a high-performing emergency physician. Unfortunately, there is minimal formal training on how to maximize efficiency skills, leading many new EM learners (e.g. medical students and junior residents) having to troubleshoot and create [+]

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 5 Favorite Tech Tools

By |Nov 19, 2021|Categories: Academic, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

Technology continues to integrate with our life -- for better and worse. Our team felt that the following 5 tech tools added value and joy to our lives, and so we are sharing with you. These also make great gifts for the emergency physician or healthcare provider in your life this holiday season. Blinkist is a professional book summary subscription service that condenses key points from non-fiction books into 15-minute reads. This is an efficient way to catch with all those books that you have been putting off. The Headspace app is one of the frequently used mindfulness app in [+]

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Level-Up Gear

By |Nov 18, 2021|Categories: Academic, Life|

The difference between a great shift in the Emergency Department and a frustrating one can sometimes be attributable to having the right gear or peri-shift routine. Listed are the top 6 "level-up" tools, recommended by our team. We have a very limited supply of custom ALiEM socks available at $20 per medium-sized pair. These socks have been rumored to quell the blackest of black clouds in the Emergency Department. It may be because of the "Stomping Out Disease" mantra on the socks. You'll have to try for yourself. We have orange (with the COVID-19 graphic) and lime green socks. These [+]

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Books

By |Nov 17, 2021|Categories: Academic, Life|Tags: |

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we polled the ALiEM team on favorite books to buy for yourself or a fellow healthcare provider. Many of us try to make time to read in our busy schedules to learn, be entertained, understand, process, and grow. As Truman stated, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” View our top 7 recommendations below. 1. Tricks of the Trade in Emergency Medicine We are biased, but we believe that the Tricks of the Trade book would make a lovely coffee table gift for you or your colleague. The hardbound, color print [+]

How I Work Smarter: Mark Ramzy, DO EMT-P

By |Nov 12, 2021|Categories: How I Work Smarter, Medical Education|

One word that best describes how you work? Focused Current mobile device Samsung Galaxy S20 Computer Samsung Notebook 9 What is something you are working on now? Ultrasound Teaching Curriculum (both image review and interpretation) that can be made virtual and in very small group sessions with focused teaching and infographics. How did you come up with this Idea/Project? We performed a needs assessment in ultrasound learning across different divisions and specialties (IM, Anesthesia, etc) within the hospital. This didn't just include medical students and residents/fellows, but also included attendings and faculty members with a longitudinal component to teaching. [+]

The 1440 Doctor: 3 Tips for Combating Distractions while Working From Home

By |Oct 22, 2021|Categories: 1440 Doctor, Academic, Life|

We have all been there. You sit down to write your next masterpiece that you know any journal would be lucky to accept and “ding” your phone goes off. You check it, you type a few words on the google document, you hear some yelling in the other room (A kid? Your neighbor's kid?). You try to focus and tell yourself not to worry about it. You need to get this section of the paper written today. The doorbell rings, you hop up to see what it is. Amazon has arrived. Sound familiar? Our brains are hardwired for distraction. Back in [+]

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20 Tips for Career Success and Longevity in Emergency Medicine

By |Oct 13, 2021|Categories: Academic, Life, Wellness|

Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com The practice of emergency medicine (EM) is consistently challenging. At any given moment during a shift, emergency physicians are responsible for making numerous decisions about multiple patients. Many of these decisions are time-sensitive, some a matter of life or death. Physical, intellectual, and spiritual fatigue can set in during or after a shift. Our consultants, clinic physicians, or hospital administrators rarely understand the roller coaster we ride. Out of necessity, those of us practicing EM look for ways to navigate the peaks and valleys that make up the natural rhythm of the emergency department. I was [+]

The 1440 Doctor: Working From Home (WFH) | 3 Strategies for Being Productive

By |Sep 8, 2021|Categories: 1440 Doctor|

Physicians have practiced medicine in a variety of practice settings in the past. Some in rural environments, others in austere conditions on a mountain top in Nepal. The recent pandemic has created even a new practice environment in the field of medicine: our own homes. The idea of working from home (WFH) is not a new concept. It’s been gaining momentum for several decades in other fields but healthcare has been slow to embrace this trend. COVID19 changed that. There are many benefits of this new practice environment (basically a 0-minute commute, being able to see family/furry friends during the [+]

How I Work Smarter: Katie Holmes, DO FACEP

By |Jul 28, 2021|Categories: How I Work Smarter, Medical Education|

One word that best describes how you work? Hustle Current mobile device iPhone 12 Pro Computer Macbook Air What is something you are working on now? Updated Curriculum for our EM Clerkship, VSAS, Conference Material, Intern Orientation planning, and more How did you come up with this Idea/Project? We are always trying to improve our curriculums to make them better based off of feedback from previous years! What’s your office workspace setup like? My kitchen counter or my office at the hospital. What’s your best time-saving tip in the office or home? Keep a To Do list and divide [+]