Share your tips: Managing digital information overload

By |Sep 1, 2013|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

In this digital age, it is somewhat assumed that you know how to manage all the digital information coming at you in the forms of email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, podcasts, RSS feeds. Even if you only partake in email as your primary communication platform, information still can be quite overwhelming as a trainee or practicing medical provider. At a the annual Bay Area EM residency conference last week, Dr. Charlotte Wills (Highland), Dr. Rebecca Smith-Coggins (Stanford) and I were invited by Dr. Esther Chen (UCSF-SFGH) to share some our personal insights and advice on a panel. We quickly realized that [+]

Open Educational Resources

By |Aug 31, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

The Internet has not only facilitated connectivity between people, but it has also helped us to connect with educational material quite different from that of a physical textbook. We are consuming information at a much more rapid rate, and we are also becoming producers of content online. With the use of hyperlinks we are also connecting one content material with another, allowing for a more dynamic-instantaneous flow of knowledge as opposed to the static print in a physical textbook. People have started seeing the potential that this brings to education and are placing educational content online. These educational materials include [+]

The Checklist Manifesto: ALiEM Book Club Synopsis

By |Aug 23, 2013|Categories: Book Club, Social Media & Tech|

Our dear readers have chimed in and we’ve received amazing commentary and feedback regarding this month’s book The Checklist Manifesto. Please read the summary of the discussion below.  CHECKLISTS ARE EVERYWHERE IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE Our readers have spotted checklists in a number of places including PALS/ACLS algorithms, Procedural Sedation protocols, and Clinical Decision Rules. Dr. Javier Benitez (@jvrbntz) stated that he uses a checklist for resuscitations at the start of shifts. Dr. Michelle Lin (@M_Lin) stated “We already use our own mental checklists in Med[icine]. It’s just not explicitly shared. Should have more overt shared checklists.”  [+]

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, 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 [+]