Welcome to the FemInEM Job Board

By |Oct 5, 2016|Categories: Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

The first question people ask when they hear about the new FemInEM job board is “Why would you have a job board just for women?” I smile briefly, and then I explain. The FemInEM job board is for ALL doctors in EM. I understand the confusion, after all, we are a website dedicated to discussing and discovering issues related to women working in emergency medicine. We publish articles on gender bias in the workplace, reflect on the needs of new mothers returning from maternity leave and discuss programs that help women become leaders in our field. And since we spend so much time [...]

New initiative: Wellness Think Tank for EM residents

By |Oct 3, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|Tags: |

The issues of wellness, burnout, and resiliency have snowballed across nearly all health professions. Emergency Medicine (EM) specifically was singled out as one of the specialties with highest risk for burnout at >60%.1 There has been much discussion around the general “UN-wellness” of medicine, and we now feel that there is a dire need for action. Instead of tackling the entire spectrum of wellness throughout medicine, we wanted to focus on EM residents. As a response to this need, we are proud to announce the launch of the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank, which is a private virtual community comprised of EM residents across North America. What better stakeholder group to [...]

I am Dr. Richard Bounds, Associate Program Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |Sep 24, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Richard Bounds is an emergency physician from Newark, Delaware. His habits and beliefs definitely resonate with the philosophy of maintaining every day wellness. Despite being the Associate Program Director, Dr. Bounds uses the strategy of prioritizing to still make time for himself and his family. Here’s how he stays healthy in EM! […]

We are the Residents and Faculty at Saint Louis University and Washington University: How We Stay Healthy in EM

By |Sep 3, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

This week we are going to be switching things up! In May of 2015, as a part of a bi-annual combined conference with residents and faculty from Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis, they focused on how they stay healthy in Emergency Medicine! St. Louis is a large urban city with its own fair share of stress and wellness. Prior to the conference, a survey containing all the following questions was sent to all of the emergency medicine residents and faculty. 75% of all those polled responded to the survey. Within this post, they share their tips [...]

I am Dr. Carl Alsup, Ultrasound Fellow: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |Aug 20, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Carl Alsup is an emergency physician and ultrasound fellow at Thomas Jefferson University. His loves for the outdoors keeps him active and fit. Despite being busy with academic commitments, Dr. Alsup maximizes his wellness by incorporating it into his daily routine. His attitude and strategies on maintaining mental wellness are refreshing, and are definitely worth checking out. Here is how he stays healthy in EM!   […]

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 [...]