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Tactical Medicine News

The 1440 Doctor: Achieving Precision Focus – 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Attention Muscle

by Jennifer Kanapicki Comer, MD
Apr 27, 2022
If you're like most people, your mind wanders. You may be sitting down to finish your charts, make that presentation (or write that blog) and your ...
Tactical Medicine News

Dear emergency physicians: We see you

https://youtu.be/jtGM-BUp_no The COVID-19 pandemic has placed incredible stress and strain on the personal work lives of emergency physicians. We h...
Tactical Medicine News

The 1440 Doctor: How to Unplug While Working From Home

When we are scheduled for a clinical shift, we are well aware of our work hours for the day (and any added charting time afterwards). However on ou...
Tactical Medicine News

Improving Your ED Efficiency: Upgrade This Elusive Skill

No specialty in medicine requires “efficiency” more than Emergency Medicine (EM). Being able to seamlessly and quickly move between tasks is a nece...
Tactical Medicine News

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Level-Up Gear

The difference between a great shift in the Emergency Department and a frustrating one can sometimes be attributable to having the right gear or pe...
Tactical Medicine News

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Books

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we polled the ALiEM team on favorite books to buy for yourself or a fellow healthcare provider. Many o...
Tactical Medicine News

The 1440 Doctor: 3 Tips for Combating Distractions while Working From Home

We have all been there. You sit down to write your next masterpiece that you know any journal would be lucky to accept and “ding” your phone goes o...
Tactical Medicine News

20 Tips for Career Success and Longevity in Emergency Medicine

Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com The practice of emergency medicine (EM) is consistently challenging. At any given moment during a shift, emergency ...
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ALiEM Stands in Solidarity with Our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

We at ALiEM wholeheartedly condemn the xenophobia, intolerance, and hate crimes directed towards Asians and the Asian American and Pacific Islander...
Tactical Medicine News

How I Stay Healthy in EM: Keith Henry

Image 1: Prepping for a shift! This month on our “How I stay Healthy” series, we’re featuring Dr. Keith Henry, director of medical student educat...
Tactical Medicine News

How I Stay Healthy in EM: Christian Rose

We would be remiss to not acknowledge the unique challenges we as emergency providers have faced over the last few months. Prevention of burnout an...
Tactical Medicine News

Physician Wellness in the COVID-19 Era | Wellness Think Tank

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in many ways, and for trainees in medicine, the new day-to-day experience of residency continues to ada...
Tactical Medicine News

Banishing Busy: Part 3

Medical professionals are busy people and exist in a constant state of “being busy.” How do we resolve chronic “busy-ness”? How do we manage ...
Tactical Medicine News

Banishing Busy: Part 2

Medical professionals are busy people and exist in a constant state of “being busy.” How do we resolve chronic “busy-ness”? How do we manage ...
Tactical Medicine News

Banishing Busy: Part 1

Medical professionals are busy people and exist in a constant state of “being busy.” How do we resolve chronic “busy-ness”? How do we manage ou...
Tactical Medicine News

Silence is not an option: Addressing structural racism in medical education

The year 2020 has been a year of upheaval. The COVID pandemic revealed disparities in healthcare and its effects on marginalized groups such as the...
Tactical Medicine News

9-Minute Workout for the Frontline Provider

Providing medical care for patients at the frontline can be physically demanding. Exercise is an important part of a routine that can help mitigate...
Tactical Medicine News

How I Stay Healthy in EM: Sarah Mott

Times are hard, work is stressful. With 24/7 news and constant global pandemic updates, our once prized “work stays at work and home stays at home...
Tactical Medicine News

I’m an Emergency Medicine Physician With COVID-19, Now What?

A 35-year-old female emergency medicine physician presents for evaluation for severe myalgias, headache, fatigue, mild nasal congestion, profound a...
Tactical Medicine News

Healthcare Providers in the COVID-19 Era: Keeping Clean When Coming Home

Given overcrowded hospitals and limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), showing up for work can feel like entering a battlegro...
Tactical Medicine News

Wellness Perks for Healthcare Workers During COVID-19

Many companies have stepped up, eager to encourage and support those of us on the “front lines.” Here are some discounts and freebies that might he...
Tactical Medicine News

Making Remote Work “Work” for You and Your Organization

A 32-year-old male presents for evaluation of fever and mild dry cough. His vital signs are stable and within normal limits, he is in no respirato...
Tactical Medicine News

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day 2019

To address the growing issue of physician suicide, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), in collaboration with AAEM, AC...
Tactical Medicine News

Future of ALiEM: Need YOUR input

The 2014 year has been amazing. As 2015 approaches, the ALiEM team has gotten quite reflective and thankful for the past amazing 12 months. We can ...
Tactical Medicine News

ALiEM Hiatus

We are undergoing some server upgrades before our two fellowships begin on July 1. Let's all cross our fingers and toes that we can move the 1,000+...
Tactical Medicine News

Welcome new blog team member: Dr. Matt Astin

Welcome superstar Dr. Matt Astin to the ALiEM blog family. Matt is the Clinical Assistant Professor of EM and IM at Medical Center of Central Geor...
Tactical Medicine News

Welcome new blog team member: Dr. Salim Rezaie

Please help me welcome Dr. Salim Rezaie, a star from the academic world of Emergency Medicine! I have been secretly stalking him on Twitter and fi...
Tactical Medicine News

New video series: P-Videos by Dr. Jeremy Faust

Welcome to the blog Dr. Jeremy Faust, who is currently an emergency medicine resident from Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center. He’s...
Tactical Medicine News

Welcome new blog team member: Dr. Nikita Joshi

Welcome our newest team member on the blog with a specific focus on teaching about Medical Education, Dr. Nikita Joshi! She is a graduating EM resi...
Tactical Medicine News

Welcome to the blog team: Bryan Hayes, PharmD

Have you been reading the mind-blowing pearls on Twitter by Bryan Hayes, PharmD, DABAT? He is taking world of ED pharmacology and toxicology by sto...
Tactical Medicine News

Welcome to the blog team: Dr. Javier Benítez

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 E...
Tactical Medicine News

TED Video: A lesson from spaghetti sauce on appreciating diversity

One size does not fit all. This is the crux of Malcolm Gladwell’s 18-minute talk. He gave this talk just before his book “Blink” went huge. He make...
Tactical Medicine News

New guest blogger: Dr. Hans Rosenberg

Let's make it official. Dr. Hans Rosenberg has been contributing great content for this site. We're honored to have him officially join our bloggin...
Tactical Medicine News

New guest blogger: Dr. Stella Yiu!

  Welcome to our new superstar, educator-extraordinaire, guest blogger, Dr. Stella Yiu. Today's post is her first (of hopefully many). After gradua...
Tactical Medicine News

New guest blogger: Fred Wu!

Welcome to our new superstar guest blogger, Fred Wu. Today’s post is his first (of hopefully many). Fred is the Lead PA in the Department of Emerge...
Tactical Medicine News

New guest blogger: Dr. Robert Cooney

Welcome to new superstar guest blogger, Dr. Robert Cooney! Today's post is his first (of hopefully many). The post New guest blogger: Dr. Robert Co...
Tactical Medicine News

Blog’s one year anniversary

The blog is already one year old! What started initially as a little educational experiment has now evolved into a potentially long-term endeavor. ...
Tactical Medicine News

Poll: How do you recover from a night shift?

There are so many amazing things that we get to see and do as emergency physicians. We see sick, undifferentiated patients who need our help acute...
Tactical Medicine News

What’s in your pocket on an ED shift?

I am always curious about what people carry in their scrubs and lab coat pockets. Often you can identify residents based on what they are carrying ...
Tactical Medicine News

Faculty hero: Ernest Wang (part 2)

  Clinical Assistant Professor, NorthShore University HealthSystemAcademic Director, Center for Simulation Technology & Academic Research (CST...
Tactical Medicine News

Faculty hero: Ernest Wang (part 1)

Ernest Wang, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, NorthShore University HealthSystem Academic Director, Center for Simulation Technology & Academi...
Tactical Medicine News

Faculty highlight: Dr. Lisa Moreno-Walton

A large part of the reason why I love academics so much is that I get to meet really inspiring emergency physicians, who are passionate about their...
Tactical Medicine News

Work in Progress: Visual Aid Project is back on!

My poor camera is finally back from the Canon service shop. With now $211 less in my bank account, my Canon Eos Rebel XTi is back! Apparently SLR c...
Tactical Medicine News

TGIF: The "caffeine nap"

A common problem that emergency physicians share and struggle over is the circadian “dysrhythmia” of working random morning, afternoon, and night s...
Tactical Medicine News

TGIF: Collaborating creatively with great people

What part of your job do you love the most?In academic emergency medicine, nothing energizes me more than brainstorming with creative, like-minded,...
Tactical Medicine News

A Lexicon for the Workplace

We have many Research Associate volunteers who staff the SF General Emergency Department collecting research data. They are often ask "what did you...
Tactical Medicine News

Faculty spotlight: Dr. David Wald

David A. Wald, DOAssociate Professor of Emergency MedicineDirector of Undergraduate Medical EducationAssociate Course Director – Doctoring CourseT...
Tactical Medicine News

Faculty spotlight: Dr. John Brown

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 ...
Tactical Medicine News

Faculty spotlight: Dr. Ghazala Sharieff

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 S...
Tactical Medicine News

Faculty spotlight: Dr. Renee Hsia

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 Hsi...
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