Public health and EM: A new series by Dr. Megan Ranney

By |Aug 17, 2013|Categories: Public Health|

Welcome to my inaugural post on ALiEM! My goal for this new series of missives is to inspire discussion about aspects of our life in EM, beyond the day-to-day clinical work. I chose emergency medicine not only for the clinical challenge, but also for the potential public health impact. After all, we are the only specialty to consistently care for the poor, the disempowered, the mentally ill. […]

Hero spotlight: Dr.Todd Raine

By |Aug 15, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

There are incredible people doing incredibly inspiring work in Emergency Medicine. I wanted to restart the hero series, which had fallen off the radar a few years ago, featuring amazing people in our specialty. Today’s hero spotlight is on Dr. Todd Raine (@RaineDoc). He is a Staff Physician and IT Coordinator at the Providence Healthcare Department of EM and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of EM. Despite these notable accomplishments, he is famous in the social media world for his innovative creation of a Google-based EM search engine GoogleFOAM.com, which many of us use to perform [...]

Introducing #EMConf Twitter Hashtag

By |Aug 12, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

I would like to share with the national and global community an opportunity to participate in the weekly generation of learning pearls from Emergency Medicine residency conferences. The majority of U.S. EM residencies gather faculty and residents together on a weekly basis for a half-day of education on material covering the basics of EM education. This is happening in isolated silos at the individual learning institutions. And up until now it was difficult to share the wealth of knowledge gained outside of the learning institutions in real-time. […]

Tips on engaging Twitter newcomers

By |Aug 2, 2013|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

Twitter plays a central role in the continuing medical education for many current and future Emergency Medicine physicians. While there are hundreds of active self-identified EM physicians on Twitter (and perhaps thousands more non-self-identified EM doctors, doctors from other specialties, and students with an interest in the field), Twitter-using EM docs are still the exception, not the rule (Lulic I, Kovic I. Emerg Med J, 2013). Despite the many reasons that an EM doctor can benefit from being on Twitter (my slides from recent SUNY Downstate conference), convincing “would-be’s” to sign up for Twitter accounts frequently presents challenges. Here are [...]

NPR Ted Talks: A non-medical podcast ready to inspire

By |Jul 26, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Most of us have heard of TED talks and most of us have heard of NPR. But did you know that the two have paired together to give a fascinating weekly radio discussion? Since March 2013, NPR reporter and radio host Guy Raz (@NPRGuyRaz) has brought together innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs among others to the radio format to inspire and enlighten the listener. This amazing free resource is a valuable non-medical podcast for doctors to access. […]

Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course

By |Jul 15, 2013|Categories: Neurology, Social Media & Tech|

Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) is a new online course that I am taking. It is sponsored by the NeuroCritical Care Society, which focuses on the first few hours of care to neurological emergencies. It is a collaborative effort between emergency physicians and neurointensivists, both of which author each individual module. The course is co-chaired by Scott Weingart, MD of EMCrit fame and is geared towards anyone who treats neurological emergencies (physicians, nurses, PA/NP, EMS personnel). The course utilizes technology to deliver its content by podcast, video presentation of ENLS guidelines, online reading of published guidelines and an online quiz. Completion of [...]

Sign a petition: A public IN CASE OF EMERGENCY iPhone option

By |Jul 8, 2013|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

Hi, we’re Ben Friedman and Sara LaHue! We are third-year UCSF medical students who are passionate about using technology to improve access to medical care. We have both witnessed the difficulties of treating someone who presented to the Emergency Department whose identity or emergency contact was unknown. Think of these sample scenarios: A commercial plane crashes and injured, non-English speaking children are separated from their parents. A bicyclist is critically injured after being hit by a bus but comes with no identification information. A teenager requires intubation for status asthmaticus before we could obtain her emergency contact information. An elderly patient with dementia is [...]

Navigating the waters of medical education and social media

By |Jun 21, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine held a lecture series May 22, 2013 as a primer for the EM residents on how to use social media to enhance medical education. This session was designed to be an introduction for the novice on how to get the most out of FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation), Twitter, and Blogging with a section on professionalism. Invited speakers included Drs. David Marcus, Jeremy Faust, Jordana Haber, and myself Nikita Joshi. The slides from the session are presented below. Enjoy! […]

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Pitfalls to avoid in collecting patient related teaching materials

By |Jun 21, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Educators are eager to gather valuable learning tools such as EKGs and x-rays to be used in teaching for our learners, whether from our home institutions or internationally through the internet. However, this may not always be seen as altruistic; history and even modern day medicine is full of examples of misguided attempts to further medicine at the expense of patients such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment from 1932-1972. The focus of this post is how to go about collecting patient data for teaching purposes and avoiding confidentiality and consent violations while always remaining respectful of the patient and their [...]

Should physicians be trained as “knowledge workers”?

By |Jun 19, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

According to Wikipedia a Knowledge Worker is someone whose main job is to employ creative, divergent, convergent thinking to solve problems with the help of searching new information. In the 21st century these Knowledge Workers may use Internet tools, such as social media, to form a collaborative network of expertise. These networks might be open or not. There are plenty of companies using knowledge management in order to optimize their performance. […]