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Free eBook Announcement: Emergency Medicine Resident Simulation Curriculum for Pediatrics (EM ReSCu Peds)

by Michelle Lin, MD
Jan 12, 2021
  The Emergency Medicine Resident Simulation Curriculum for Pediatrics (EM ReSCu Peds) is here! This free ebook contains 16 EM resident-tested, pee...
Tactical Medicine News

EM Cases Course 2021 is Sold Out

The February 5/6 2021 6th annual (virtual) EM Cases Course is sold out. Day 1: Flipped classroom virtual round-table discussions with your favorite...
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IDEA Series: 3D-printed pediatric lumbar puncture trainer

Pediatric lumbar puncture trainers are less available than adult trainers; most are the newborn size and quite expensive. Due to age-based practic...
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IDEA Series: Pre-recorded Video Simulation Series for Residency Conference

During medical simulation, the inherent unpredictability of learners’ performances and decisions can make it challenging to consistently achieve de...
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Social Distancing Simulation: Tips for Leading a Virtual Session With Student Learners

We’ve all had to get a bit creative over the past few weeks. COVID-19 has ushered in an era of not only pushing healthcare workers and hospitals i...
Tactical Medicine News

IDEA series: The Bleeding Arm Tourniquet Simulation

Education in emergency response to trauma is a global health priority [1]. Mortality rates are nearly twice as high in patients with trauma in low...
Tactical Medicine News

IDEA series: REDman simulation for teaching resuscitation skills in low-resource settings

In many parts of the world, emergency medicine is just beginning to emerge as a specialty. In Pakistan, for example, it was introduced as recently ...
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EM Cases Course 2019 Speakers Line Up!

After getting feedback from our sold out courses in 2016, 2017 and 2018, we have a superlative line up in store for you, with more live podcasts, s...
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IDEA Series: Building a High Fidelity Biosimulation Task Trainer for Resuscitative Hysterotomy

The Problem The peri-mortem cesarean section, rebranded in recent years as the “Resuscitative Hysterotomy”, is a potentially lifesaving procedure f...
Tactical Medicine News

A cost-effective, two-layer wound closure task trainer

Performing a two layer wound closure can be a challenging procedure in the Emergency Department for clinicians with limited wound care experience. ...
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SimLIFE-EM Challenge: Add to the conversation

Debriefings in medical simulation are meant to be the bow on top of the gift that is medical simulation. It is the ultimate delicious dessert, ser...
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Simulation Trick of the Trade: Bleeding Cricothyroidotomy Model

One advantage of simulation as an educational tool is the re-creation of cognitive and emotional stresses in caring for patients. Doing this for a ...
Tactical Medicine News

Improving debriefing skills: Two-column case and learning pathways grid

Being a learner in a medical simulation case can be tough. But equally challenging, is the role of the Debriefer. This person has to balance the im...
Tactical Medicine News

Hands Up For Health: Simulation Extending to Community Education

Medical simulation is not just for the clinical learner. Rather, it can have far reaching impact and can contribute meaningfully to the community. ...
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Simulation: A tool for non-clinicians

Thought simulation is only for doctors and nurses? Think again! More and more, people are reconsidering the notion that medical simulation has only...
Tactical Medicine News

Back to the Basics in Medical Simulation: 11 Programmatic Factors

Let us start 2014 with renewed vigor and interest in simulation! To do that, I am going to take it way back and review the basics of simulation wit...
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Pitfalls in Comparative Simulation Based Research

Simulation based research is tough. We all know that it’s fun, and we think it is safer for the patients. Beyond that, the data is not so strong! A...
Tactical Medicine News

Sim Case Series: Procedural Sedation

Case Writer:  Brent Thoma, MD MACase Editors: Teresa Chan, MD and Nikita Joshi, MD This procedural sedation simulation case can be used to teach, e...
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Simulation Trick of the Trade: Paper Mache

Money doesn’t grow on trees, and neither do simulation manikins, not even on simulated trees. So what to do when you are looking for a cheaper, mor...
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Simulation Trick of the Trade: Blindfold the Leader

Simulations are routine now in medical training. But sometimes routine can start to get boring! All learners now know, especially for high fidelity...
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Crisis Resource Management

CRM and SBT… just another set of acronyms in the world of medical education?  Don’t we already have enough?? Not quite!  Rather, Crisis Resource M...
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ALiEM Book Club: Difficult Conversations

Debriefing is a difficult skill to acquire. It is a little to easy to ask accusatory questions when you witness things that went wrong, or in a di...
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ALiEM Sim Case Series: Mass Casualty Building Bombing

Case Writer:  Nikita Joshi, MD Keywords: Mass casualty incident, building bombing, disaster, triage, ethics Educational Objectives Medical Develo...
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Reflections on CMS Simulation Instructor Course

I just completed the 4 day intensive Center for Medical Simulation Institute for Medical Simulation Instructor Course.  The title of the course is ...
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ALiEM Sim Case Series: Pediatric WPW

Case Writer: Nikita Joshi, MD Keywords Pediatrics, Syncope, Wolff Parkinson White (WPW), PALS Educational Objectives Medical Discuss a broad differ...
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Deception and Simulation

Have you ever created a simulation case with hidden objectives that the learners were not aware of? Would you ever purposefully try to trick or de...
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Death and Simulation

Should the manikin ever die in a simulation scenario? Effective simulations require suspension of disbelief and willingness by learners to play alo...
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Coping with Simulation Case Derailment

The simulation scenario starts and things are going well. The learners are on their game. Instability – recognized, managed. Initial orders – done...
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Sim Case Series: Perimortem C-Section

Case Writer: Clare Desmond, MD Peer Reviewer and Editor: Nikita Joshi, MD Keywords: Cardiac arrest, Perimortem C-section
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Sim Case Series: Incorporating ABEM Milestones

In this week’s simulation case, you will notice the addition of a table which is a description of ABEM Milestone #9 – General approach to Procedure...
Tactical Medicine News

Sim Case: Cocaine toxicity and placental abruption

Case Synopsis17 yo girl, 24 weeks pregnant, is brought to the ED with an overbearing, controlling, and older boyfriend (BF). The chief complaint ...
Tactical Medicine News

ALiEM simulation case series

One of my interests is medical simulation and the writing of simulation cases. I have already written two related posts: Case Writing and Story B...
Tactical Medicine News

Simulation cases: How to write the storyboard

Last week I wrote about the important components in writing a simulation case. It is an exhausting list, but the thoroughness pays off. The next bi...
Tactical Medicine News

Writing a Medical Simulation Case

It can be a daunting task to write a medical simulation cases. Regardless of prior experience in simulation, writing cases is a different skill se...
Tactical Medicine News

SimWars: A “warring tigers” competition

SimWars You’ve seen this word on the agenda at the most recent Emergency Medicine conference that you attended. It sounded interesting… but you en...
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What is debriefing in simulation education?

Medical education high-fidelity simulation allows for deliberate practice in a safe environment. We are able to miss the intubation repeatedly or b...
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