Salicylate Toxicity PV card v2: Lessons in post-publication review

By |Jun 15, 2015|Categories: ALiEM Cards, Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Medical Education, Social Media & Tech, Tox & Medications|

I was recently the author of a PV card for management of Salicylate Toxicity, which had some discrepancy with expert opinion. The point of contention was in regards to measurement of urine pH vs serum pH for alkalinization. In preparing the first version of the card, I began with notes from a recent toxicology rotation, and expanded by examining textbooks and review articles. Although there was mention of serum pH measurement, numerous sources emphasized urine alkalinization as the primary endpoint for the treatment of aspirin toxicity. Therefore I choose to include this on the size-limited PV card. […]

I am Dr. Gillian Schmitz, Associate Program Director, UT San Antonio: How I Work Smarter

By |Jun 14, 2015|Categories: How I Work Smarter|

Today we feature another young star in our field. Dr. Gillian Schmitz (@GillianMD1) is part of the next generation of emergency medicine leaders. In her young career she has already been decorated with several teaching awards, including the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Early Career Faculty Award. An active member of EMRA as a resident, she continues her societal involvement as the chair of the ACEP Academic Affairs Committee. In a recent move to UT San Antonio, she helped launch a new residency program and currently serves as the associate program director. Dr. Schmitz kindly shares her pearls [...]

I am Dr. Ryan Tam, Emergency Medicine Resident: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |Jun 13, 2015|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Finishing up his first year as an emergency medicine resident, Dr. Ryan Tam has strived to integrate wellness into his normal routine. Maintaining his love for cooking and photography has helped provide him with balance over the past year. Being a foodie, he’s got great tips to eating well and hitting all of the essential food groups. Believe it or not, the food still tastes great! He hopes that his small changes in day to day routine, will become permanent habits of wellness. Here’s how he stays healthy in EM! […]

I am Dr. J. Scott Wieters, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at Texas A&M: How I Work Smarter

By |May 31, 2015|Categories: How I Work Smarter|

Dr. J. Scott Wieters (@EMedCoach) is a community EM doc turned academician 4 years ago. Looks like Dr. Wieters found his calling. As the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education Texas A&M COM he has received his medical school’s teaching award 4 years yeas in a row, and it’s easy to see why. As a newly FOAMed convert, he has started contributing on the REBELEM blog and has shown some real speaking skills. This up and coming clinician educator was nominated by Dr. Ben Smith. Dr. Wieters took a few moments to graciously share his insights into work, life, and being efficient. [...]

I am Dr. Chau Pham, Coordinator of the High Performance Physician Program: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |May 30, 2015|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Chau Pham has got wellness locked down! Throughout her life, she has always somehow created an environment of wellness while adapting to various situations. Most recently she used these skills to weather the many challenges of being a new mother. Despite having two little ones at home, she still wears many other hats, including the Director of Medical Missions for the national charity, Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam. In person, Dr. Chau Pham has an incredible lightness of being and is totally zen! Here’s how she stays healthy in EM! […]

Announcing 2015-2016 ALiEM Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship

By |May 27, 2015|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

We are very excited to begin the recruitment for the 2015-2016 ALiEM Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship! The application process for this virtual fellowship is open as of right now to interested Emergency Medicine residents and medical students, including those who are international! […]

Sneak peek at ALiEMU: Free on-demand MOOC-like courses featuring the AIR Series

By |May 26, 2015|Categories: Approved Instructional Resources (AIR series), Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

We are incredibly excited to announce the development of our newest project — ALiEMU. This top-secret project has been in the works for only 3 months, but has gained incredible momentum thanks to our all-star team, led by Dr. Chris Gaafary, who is our ALiEMU Chief of Design and Development… while he is not busy being an incoming EM chief resident at the University of Tennessee. What is ALiEMU? The one-liner is: A free educational website which hosts free, on-demand e-courses, featuring the AIR series as the inaugural course. […]

I am Dr. Jeremy Faust, Co-Host of FOAMCast: How I Work Smarter

By |May 24, 2015|Categories: How I Work Smarter|

Dr. Jeremy Faust is a EM resident of many talents. His accomplishment are wide and varied from his many musical awards, to his work with grammy award winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth, to his column in ACEPnews, to his appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show speaking on the Ebola crisis, to his upcoming SMACC Chicago talk. He’s well known in the FOAM world and, for the last year, has been producing quality FOAM core content with Lauren Westafer on their podcast: FOAMCast. Dr. Jeremy Faust, following his own mantra, broke the mold, submitting his How I Work Smarter column [...]

Design Challenge | An ALiEM Fellows Project

By |May 21, 2015|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

Design thinking is a concept that has recently taken the business world by storm, and more recently it has begun to creep into other fields, like education! At the core of it, the idea behind design thinking is to encourage designers to think about how they might solve problems that are experienced in the world – to think like engineers and architects, and focus on building solutions for end users. As a part of their fellowship, the 2014-15 ALiEM Fellows (Scott Kobner, BS and Sam Shaikh, DO) were each tasked with a different design job a few months ago. Click below [...]

I am Dr. Rob Woods, Program Director, Medical Advisor, and STARS Transport Physician: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |May 16, 2015|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Rob Woods (@robwoodsuofs) is an individual that is truly committed to self-improvement and, in terms of wellness, he has exceeded. Currently, he is the program director of the University of Saskatchewan FRCPC EM Program, Medical Advisor to Ground Ambulance Services, and a STARS (HEMS) Transport Physician. How he excels in all these jobs and still has time to be known as a loving father and husband, amazing Program Director, and CrossFitter is incomprehensible! But it may have something to do with the fact that he has mastered time management. A great competitor on and off the field, Dr. Woods is never afraid [...]