Welcome to the blog team: Dr. Javier Benítez

By |Jul 31, 2012|Categories: Life|

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the newest member of the Academic Life in EM blog team — Dr. Javier Benítez. He is an extremely active EM Twitter educator (@jvrbntz), who can efficiently convey key concepts in 140 characters or less! Got a short attention span? Follow Javier’s Twitter feed. Currently, Javier is posting “Question of the Day” tweets, which reference the Paucis Verbis pocket cards on this site. It is a perfect example of a bridge between blogs and Twitter for medical education. He’ll also be posting on the blog as well. […]

Video: A primer on social media (ICEM 2012)

By |Jul 27, 2012|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

At the recent International Conference in Emergency Medicine (ICEM), the professorial Dr. Mike Cadogan (Life In The Fast Lane) gave a talk on Social Media in Medicine. Thanks to Dr. Andy Neill (Emergency Medicine Ireland) for recording this. See below for the 36 minute video. Well worth a watch. […]

Survey: Why do you use Twitter?

By |May 30, 2012|Categories: Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

I recently got a comment on the blog asking why people need to use Twitter, if they're already following blogs. I thought I would open this up to the blogosphere. I personally use my Twitter account (@M_Lin) for a variety of reasons: I tweet the link to my blog whenever there is a new post (I just tweeted a link to this post!) Scan quick, real-time information from clinicians I trust Know "what's hot" in EM, medical education, and education technologies Learn of new blogs and websites which I didn't know about Quickly check tweets on-the-fly on my iPhone during [...]

SAEM 2012 meeting and social media

By |May 13, 2012|Categories: Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

Those of us active in social media had quite an active meeting at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine meeting in Chicago, IL this past week. First off, Dr. David Marcus (@EMIMDoc) from Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY gave many of us blogs a kind shout-out. Also, many "iReporters" were on scene to live-tweet various events. Take a look at some of the posts below. Click on #SAEM12 hashtag to see the whole Twitter feed. I remember hearing that there were over 600 tweets! https://vimeo.com/42020417

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Trick of the Trade: Seldinger chest tube technique using bougie

By |May 1, 2012|Categories: Social Media & Tech, Tricks of the Trade|Tags: |

A 40 year-old man presents with a traumatic hemopneumothorax. He weighs 400 pounds. Chest tubes can sometimes be challenge, especially for those with extra redundant tissue to tunnel through before reaching the intrathoracic cavity. You want to avoid placing the chest tube mistakenly in the subcutaneous space. How can you ensure that your chest tube actually reaches the intrathoracic space? […]

Video: How to make a screencast video

By |Apr 11, 2012|Categories: Social Media & Tech|Tags: , |

A reader, Mark, posted a question yesterday in the chat box about screencapture softwares out there. I personally use iShowU to capture such videos as my instructional video on linking your Evernote account (above) to automatically read and download my weekly public Paucis Verbis notebook. Mark also specifically asked about what Dr. Rob Rogers (Univ of Maryland) uses. […]

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Modern EM: Case #4 – Palpitations

By |Apr 9, 2012|Categories: Cardiovascular, Social Media & Tech|

Case # 4: Palpitations A 25 year old woman presents with palpitations, sweating, and shortness of breath since this morning. 6 days ago she had syncopized, was shocked out of V-tach by EMS, and eventually had a defibrillator placed for an unknown arrhythmia. Now, she feels her heart beating in her chest, looks diaphoretic, is tachypnic, but her pulse is 58 and regular. […]

Hot off the Press: Talking about Web 2.0 in Emergency Medicine

By |Apr 8, 2012|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: , |

I am humbled to be included and quoted in a recent Annals of EM commentary about Web 2.0 in Emergency Medicine. Hey, my "street credibility" just went up just by having my name in the same article with the likes of: Mike Cadogan (Life in the Fast Lane) Joe Lex (Free Emergency Medicine Talks) Chris Nickson (Life in the Fast Lane) Cliff Reid (ResusMe) Scott Weingart (EMCrit) You can read the whole article, which is free to download by the journal.

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Modern EM: Case 3- Get your phones out

By |Apr 2, 2012|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

Sometimes on off-service morning table rounds, I like to close my tired eyes and focus my ears past the voice of the attending to hear the chorus of hundreds of pieces of paper flipping, shuffling, crinkling, and folding.  It’s one way to pass the time when surgeons debate over issues they don’t already know the answers to. Another is to get your phone out, and help answer the questions with them. […]