I am Dr. Megan Fix, Associate Program Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |Aug 6, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Megan Fix is an emergency physician at the University of Utah. For her, staying healthy is all about maintaining your balance, keeping activating, fostering healthy relationships, and knowing and loving oneself. Despite her busy schedule as the Associate Program Director, she makes a point to still keep family time for her husband and her boys. Her positive attitude about life long learning and going with the flow is something we could all learn from. Here’s how she stays healthy in EM! […]

A Starter’s Roadmap to EM Resources: Books, Websites, and Apps

By |Aug 3, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

With the start of the year, we welcomed a new group of faces into our respective residency programs. We can all still remember how daunting it was to tackle learning the immense volume of material to be a great emergency medicine physician. We have so many amazing resources, but no road maps for where to start. The purpose of this list is to help guide the new interns as well as to highlight some resources that even the more seasoned clinician may find useful. […]

Using Slack for Residency Communication – Do’s and Dont’s

By |Jul 29, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

One of the most difficult parts of residency and medical education is coordination and communication. Often residents and faculty alike can be found drowning in a never ending onslaught of emails, with chains of projects getting buried amongst reply-all’s and attachments. Over the course of the past year, our residency program at Doctors Hospital-OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio has been using a newer form of communication to facilitate the dissemination of information and collaboration as a group. After some initial exploration into technology and apps, it was decided to try out the program called Slack. Designed to help large groups work [...]

I am Dr. Howard Ovens, Department Chief: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |Jul 16, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Howard Ovens is an emergency physician and the Chief of the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Ovens takes his personal health and wellness seriously, and is very committed to maintaining his physical fitness. No matter what the challenge or set back is, Dr. Ovens still makes it a top priority to keep his wellness in mind. Here’s how he stays healthy in EM!   […]

AIR Series and AIR-Pro Series are moving to ALiEMU!

By |Jul 1, 2016|Categories: Approved Instructional Resources (AIR series), Approved Instructional Resources PRO (AIR-Pro Series), Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

The ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) and AIR-Pro series are moving from this ALiEM blog, which uses embedded Google Forms for quizzes into our custom learning management system called ALiEMU. ALiEMU will be our one-stop system for asynchronous learning. For U.S. EM residency programs, this will also serve as a central repository for Individualized Interactive Instruction (III) resources for asynchronous conference credit. The cornerstone e-course already on ALiEMU is CAPSULES — a comprehensive EM pharmacology curriculum, whose authorship and editorial team is led by Dr. Bryan Hayes. For the AIR and AIR-Pro series, we have over 80 U.S. EM residency programs, 4 international EM programs, and 1 PA [...]

Free ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep Book is now published

By |Jun 29, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

It is with great pleasure that we announce the first edition of the ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep Book in both PDF and iBook form. This free book was a year-long project from the Chief Resident Incubator, led by the Editors Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Dr. Dorothy Habrat, Dr. Margaret Sheehy, Dr. Samuel Zidovetsky, and Dr. Adaira Chou with the support of Associate Editors Dr. Nikita Joshi and Dr. Michelle Lin. Over 90 EM residents and faculty from the Incubator and across U.S. emergency medicine residency programs contributed board-review type questions. Five practice tests are included for those preparing for the in-training exam (also known as the in-service exam) or even [...]

Top 5 FOAM Radiology Resources: ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator Recommendations

By |Jun 9, 2016|Categories: Incubators, Radiology, Social Media & Tech|

There is no shortage of free open access medical education (FOAM) resources available to the current emergency medicine (EM) learner. It seems that no matter what the concept, FOAM has it covered. And radiology is no different. However, with a specialty as vast as radiology, finding educational material pertinent to the emergency practitioner can be overwhelming. The 2016-2017 ALiEM Chief Resident (CRincubator) class also encountered this when attempting to create an organized FOAM radiology curriculum for EM residents. To tackle this challenge, the chief residents have brought together the best online resources to help EM practitioners gain expertise in the field [...]

I am Dr. Martin Huecker, Associate PD and Research Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |May 21, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Martin Huecker is an associate program director, research director, and emergency physician from Louisville, Kentucky. When it comes to setting an example of how to maintain wellness and balance in our everyday lives, Dr. Huecker is definitely crushing it! From fulfilling his academic responsibilities, to staying active with his 4 children, Dr. Huecker doesn’t have any time to waste. His ability to prioritize, stay focused, and mentally reset in stressful situations is remarkable. If you want to learn more about ketoadaptation and sprit training, you’ll have to check this out. Here’s how he stays healthy in EM! […]

Trick-of-the-Trade: IV Compatibility Information at Your Fingertips

By |May 9, 2016|Categories: Social Media & Tech, Tox & Medications|

We often have less than optimal IV access to administer fluids, blood products, and medications in sick ED patients. If more than one medication needs to be infused in the same line, how do we know if they are compatible? The gold standard for checking IV compatibility is Trissel’s Stability of Compounded Formulations. 1 But a textbook doesn’t help us in critical situations. Is there a better way? […]

I am Dr. Bory Kea, Assistant Professor and EM Physician: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |May 7, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Bory Kea is an emergency physician and assistant professor, currently practicing in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Kea’s love for her family and friends, passion for food, and commitment to enhancing medicine are just a few ways that help her maintain a balance. Whether it’s hitting the trail for a run or running after her little ones, she is constantly trying to stay active. Her ability to appreciate even the small things, is nothing but infectious! Here’s how she stays healthy in EM!   […]