Faculty spotlight: Dr. David Wald

By |Jul 14, 2009|Categories: Life|Tags: , |

David A. Wald, DOAssociate Professor of Emergency MedicineDirector of Undergraduate Medical EducationAssociate Course Director – Doctoring CourseTemple University School of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) EM residency training: Albert Einstein   […]

Faculty spotlight: Dr. John Brown

By |Jul 7, 2009|Categories: Life|Tags: |

Dr. John Brown is the well-known (infamous?) Medical Director of the San Francisco EMS Agency — not a small task or for the weak of heart. He also practices at SF General Hospital and manages to keep level-headed in the midst of chaos. I’m constantly impressed by his clinical and political saaviness. You would never know how big of name he is when you meet him. Totally humble and understated, especially given all that he’s done for the city and our specialty. […]

Cool web tip: Getting a "reader" – bringing web content to you

By |Jul 2, 2009|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

Do you feel like you are routinely checking various websites to follow up on recent journal publications, reading blogs, catching up on the news? What’s new in Annals of EM or Academic EM? What’s on today’s CNN or EducationPR blogs? I’m a firm believer that technology should make things streamlined and easier, rather than creating more steps and hassles. I recently discovered online RSS readers on the web. If you don’t have one, you should get one. […]

Faculty spotlight: Dr. Ghazala Sharieff

By |Jun 30, 2009|Categories: Life|Tags: |

It’s not every day that you get to meet and hang out with a fun, funny, humble, spirited, and super-smart person. I first got to know Dr. Ghazala Sharieff on the lecture circuit. She’s one of the major go-to speakers for anything related to pediatric EM. When I’m stuck in a dilemma about a pediatric patient, I think – WWGD? What would Ghazala do? […]

Faculty spotlight: Dr. Renee Hsia

By |Jun 23, 2009|Categories: Life|Tags: |

There are so many interesting and inspiring EM faculty and none more so than in our own department at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Renee Hsia is a rising superstar in our department who has received numerous fancy awards and grants including the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Scholar award. She makes me feel small, insignificant, and uncultured. For instance, I thought Eritrea was a rash. Anyway, read below to see what I mean. Good thing I can at least beat her in foosball. […]

Faculty spotlight: Dr. Rob Rogers

By |Jun 16, 2009|Categories: Life|Tags: |

Over the years, I have gotten to meet lots of really inspiring and fun EM faculty across the country through random encounters. Recently, I got to hang out with Dr. Rob Rogers (Univ Maryland), sitting at a beachside bar in Barbados during the Carribean EM Congress. The picture above is what he calls his “Corona commercial” shot. We were both speakers at the conference and couldn’t believe the gorgeous weather in January. […]

Blogs – perfect for medical education

By |Jun 14, 2009|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

I started this blog on life in academic emergency medicine after having read many articles about how a blog (short for “web log”) is the communication and teaching tool of the future. This is an example of Web 2.0 technology. I found a great slide set by Frank Calberg, an innovator and educator from Switzerland. Step through the following slides to read more about how blogs are great for teaching and are here to stay. […]

Joining the blogging world

By |Jun 5, 2009|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

I am joining the Web 2.0 world of social networking and am inspired by all the medical blog sites out there. As an Emergency Medicine faculty member at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the county affiliate hospital to UCSF, I have gravitated towards a niche in medical education and particularly how it intersects with new technologies.