Poll: Disability Insurance – Yes or No?

I am set to graduate residency this June 2013 and among all the other things on my to-do list such as credentialing paperwork for my future employer is to explore disability insurance. Because I know very little about insurance, I decided to do some research.
  • What is disability insurance?
  • Why should I get it?
  • Do I need it as a physician?
  • Do I need it as an emergency physician?

Take a poll and see the crowd-sourced results…


By |2016-11-11T19:47:24-08:00Apr 19, 2013|Medical Education|

Poll: How would manage a metacarpal fracture in the ED?


I am in the process of creating a PV card on metacarpal fractures, divided into anatomical areas (base, shaft, neck, head), and am realizing that the EM and orthopedic literature don’t quite agree. Actually they are quite vague on whether reductions should occur in the ED vs orthopedics clinic in the next few days.

  • Do you need to close-reduce all angulated fractures in the ED, which are outside of “acceptable” angulations?
  • What exactly are “acceptable” angulations? Some sources say that angulations of 10, 20, 30, and 40 degrees are acceptable for MC neck fractures and only 10, 10, 20, and 20 degrees are acceptable for MC shaft fractures. These numbers, though, vary from reference to reference.


By |2016-11-11T18:43:07-08:00Dec 5, 2012|Orthopedic|

Poll: Is anyone using the Paucis Verbis cards?

FeedbackFeedback is essential for continued growth and improvement in any longitudinal project that you work on.

Thus annually, I conduct a poll to see if I can improve anything on the blog. This year, I wanted to focus on the Paucis Verbis pocket cards. There are over 100 cards now, which are each based on recent peer-reviewed publications. I try to make them as practical as possible with the goal of improving evidence-based practice at the bedside.


By |2017-03-05T14:14:30-08:00Aug 2, 2012|ALiEM Cards|

Survey: Why do you use Twitter?

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 downtimes
  • Make new friends who I then meet in person at EM conferences!

Please comment below and include your Twitter name, if possible.  I’d love to know why (or why you don’t) use Twitter.

By |2019-01-28T22:20:36-08:00May 30, 2012|Social Media & Tech|

Poll: YOU are on the residency selection committee. What would YOU do?


As an attending physician, you are friends with nurses and residents on social media.

One day, you are browsing through your social media page. You came across a photo of a student – a candidate applying to your program in fact – scantily clad, inebriated, dancing in a rave. The comments followed agreed on how wild he/she had partied and drank that night.

You are on the selection committee. Should this information be part of the assessment of the candidate?

 Please explain your decision in the comments section.
By |2016-11-11T18:51:57-08:00Oct 3, 2011|Medical Education|

Brief survey: Need your help with my promotions!

OldschoolWith all of the advances in technology and social media, the “old school” world of traditional academia doesn’t know what to do with medical professionals who incorporate technologies into their educational practices. To justify these past 2 years of blogging during my free time, I wanted to collect data on who my readers are and the impact of my blog (if any).

I could sure use a few minutes of your time and input to help with my promotions process. Let’s push traditional academia to change with the times. Thanks a bunch.


By |2016-11-11T18:52:07-08:00Sep 7, 2011|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

First annual Medical Apps Awards: Vote now


Gold Cup Trophy

The polls for the first annual Medical Apps Awards is now open. Voting closes April 21, 2011 @ 12:00 AM EST.

There are 3 categories that you can vote on:

1. Best Medical App for Healthcare Professionals

  • MediBabble – a medical translation tool
  • Doximity – a professional networking tool
  • Medscape – comprehensive guide to drugs, interactions, diseases, & procedures
  • Epocrates – comprehensive guide to drugs, interactions, identifying pills, & calculators
  • DrChrono – the first EMR for the ipad

2. Best Medical App for Patients

  • iHealth BPM w/ cuff – the first medical app to take your blood pressure & keep track of it
  • Asthma Maze – know which food additives & cosmetic ingredients can trigger an asthma attack
  • Mayo Clinic Diabetes Type 2 Wellness Solutions – comprehensive guide to diabetes
  • Free RX iCard – get discounts on prescription drugs at participating pharmacies, easy locater
  • Calorie Tracker by Livestrong – keep track of your daily calories and weight loss progress

3. Most Innovative Medical App

  • Airstrip – monitor your patient’s vitals, waveforms, labs, I/Os, meds, & allergies from home
  • Webicina – a comprehensive online medical resource for both patients & healthcare folks
  • Fooducate – scan any barcode in the grocery store to instantly see product health highlights
  • PocketCPR w/cradle – real-time feedback so that anyone can do CPR correctly
  • Google Translate – speak into your phone and it will speak out the translation

I thought I would mention this since Medibabble was created by recent graduates from the UCSF School of Medicine. It’s a creative, well thought-out, free medical translation app. I had highlighted the app back in Feb 2011 and deserves to be on the list of impressive apps.

The downside of voting is that you are required to enter your email and snail-mail address in case you win the prize. Good luck to all the nominees!

I do not have any financial ties with any of these apps.

By |2016-11-20T10:59:28-08:00Apr 19, 2011|Social Media & Tech|
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