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Tactical Medicine News

Dear emergency physicians: We see you

by Michelle Lin, MD
Mar 10, 2022
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

IDEA Series: DIY Suture Kit Station

In medical training there is a lack of simulation based activities including procedural labs. Suturing is a critical skill for trainees to master i...
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Stanford’s INFODEMIC Conference on COVID-19 Misinformation: Open-access podcasts

In July 2021, Dr. Vivek Murthy became the first U.S. Surgeon General to declare health misinformation a public health crisis. Specifically, COVID-1...
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Pediatric Physical Examination: Tips & Techniques

In pediatrics, the history and physical examination is paramount. But even the most seasoned professional can have a challenge when facing a wi...
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Peering into Peer Review: How can you participate in peer review?

As part of the ALiEM Faculty Incubator Program, Dr. Anthony Artino, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) and Assistant...
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EM Match Advice: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Training

Under-represented minorities (URM) in medicine continues to be a problem that many programs, especially in emergency medicine, are addressing he...
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Perspectives on Program Evaluation: Interview with Drs. Megan Boysen-Osborn, Dara Kass, and Andrew King

As part of the ALiEM Faculty Incubator Professional Development Program, Drs. Megan Boysen-Osborn (Program Director at University of California-Irv...
Tactical Medicine News

EM Match Advice: Detroit Residency Programs

The EM Match Advice Series is back with another regional episode. This time, our team pulls the curtain back on the EM programs in Detroit, where r...
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Trick of the Trade: Gaze Testing Using “Selfie Mode” on Your Smartphone Camera

The NIH Stroke Scale is used to assess the severity of a suspected stroke. It includes 11 neurologic exam components that can be quickly performed ...
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EM Match Advice: The Standardized Video Interview

It is not very often that the ERAS application process for residency positions changes from year to year. In 2018, there is going to be a new compo...
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PEM Pearls: Calming techniques while repairing a laceration

Most children who come into the Emergency Department present with pain or experience pain during their ED stay.1,2,3 Pain and distress during a pro...
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Introducing In-Line Expert Peer Review: Advancing the State of Academic Blogging

A peer review process, in one form or another, has long been the de facto standard for academic publishing. In 2013, ALiEM was the first FOAM resou...
Tactical Medicine News

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Strategizing with ZDoggMD

Unless you are living under a rock, many healthcare and public media platforms are talking about the insidious problems with burnout in the health ...
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EM Match Advice: Program Directors Reflect on the 2016 Match

The new emergency medicine (EM) residency application season is upon us! Senior medical students are arranging away EM electives, asking for lette...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Securing the intraosseous needle

So much attention is appropriately focused on the anatomy and technique for intraosseous needle placement. In contrast, very little attention is pa...
Tactical Medicine News

PEM Pearls: Hydrocortisone stress-dosing in adrenal insufficiency for children

During your shifts in the pediatric ED, you may encounter a few patients with adrenal insufficiency or adrenal crisis. Some of the most common caus...
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What is Open Access? Video chat with Dr. Martin Eve

Open Access is not just an issue that plagues scientists and clinical practitioners. Allowing access to scholarly publications and academic work is...
Tactical Medicine News

EM Match Advice: Interviewing Strategies

We are thrilled to hear that the first 3 Google Hangout videos for EM Match Advice were helpful for medical students, applying into EM. With interv...
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EM Match Advice: The EM Rotation, ERAS, and Am I Competitive?

Today launches a series of Google Hangout videos, which was created and expertly facilitated by Dr. Michael Gisondi (@MikeGisondi) from Northwester...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: V-to-Y flap laceration repair for tension wounds

You see a patient with a large V-shaped laceration under tension requiring suture repair. Resist the temptation to simply pull the edges together a...
Tactical Medicine News

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...
Tactical Medicine News

ALiEM Bookclub: How We Die

DNR/DNI, Code Blue, Cardiac Arrest, Traumatic Brain Injury, Exsanguination, Septic Shock, Respiratory Arrest…  and the list goes on. As healthcare ...
Tactical Medicine News

Behaviorism: Is punishment or reward more effective in education?

Every person involved in teaching and learning has a philosophy on how people learn. Implicitly, explicitly, legitimate or not this mental construc...
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Patwari Academy Videos: Evidence Based Medicine (part 5)

In this fifth and final installment of the Evidence Based Medicine series, Dr. Rahul Patwari reviews the concepts of: distribution of the means (w...
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P-Video: Rule of 15 in anion gap metabolic acidosis

You have a patient with an anion gap of 30 and bicarbonate of 10 mEq/L. You also determine on VBG that the patient’s pCO2 is 25 mmHg. What trick o...
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Patwari Academy Videos: Evidence Based Medicine (part 4)

Dr. Rahul Patwari is a one-man statistics teaching machine. In part 4 of this Evidence Based Medicine series, he reviews advance concepts in stati...
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ALiEM Book Club: Reflecting on a Happy Coincidence

Coincidence can be very fortuitous. How exciting was it to have Shawn Achor deliver his keynote address about the Happiness Advantage at ACEP this ...
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P-Video: Sources for pediatric and adult fevers

Dr. Jeremy Faust is back with another P-video, which stands for Paucis Videos (paucis means “few” or “brief” in Latin) much like the Paucis Verbis...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy Videos: Evidence Based Medicine (part 3)

In part three of this Evidence Based Medicine series, Dr. Rahul Patwari does a deep dive on more advanced concepts in statistics. Specifically, he...
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Patwari Academy videos: Evidence Based Medicine (part 2)

In part 2 of this Evidence Based Medicine series by Dr. Rahul Patwari, more advanced statistical concepts are reviewed. These concepts include ROC...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: Evidence Based Medicine (part 1)

Across the medical profession, an essential skill is to be able to understand and interpret original research publications to guide your evidence-...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: LVADs

Complications from left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) increasingly account for Emergency Department visits. What are LVADs? They are a short-t...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: PALS

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) guidelines were most recently reviewed in Circulation 2010 1 based on the International Consensus on Cardio...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: EBM Treatment Studies (part 2)

Dr. Rahul Patwari continues with the fourth and fifth videos in this series on Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Treatment Studies (see first thre...
Tactical Medicine News

Retrieval Practice: 10 benefits of testing

Tests terrify people, especially when used for summative assessment. But in reality, tests have also helped students learn the material. Retrieval ...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: EBM Treatment Studies

Dr. Rahul Patwari reviews evidence-based medicine (EBM) concepts specifically regarding treatment studies, as guided by the JAMA Users Guide to the...
Tactical Medicine News

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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Patwari Academy videos: Spider and Hymenoptera bites

These two videos continue on the theme of envenomations. Watch these great videos on the consequences and management of bites by spiders and Hymeno...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: Snake bites!

There are about 8,000 snakebites per year in the United States and 10% are fatal (see comments)! If this doesn’t scare you enough to view these vid...
Tactical Medicine News

Quick clinical tip: Elson’s test for the finger

Injuries to the hand are fraught with multiple, concurrent injuries. Many injuries may have chronic debilitating complications, if not detected ear...
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Patwari Academy videos: ECG intervals and segments

Last week, the Patwari Academy videos covered ECG basics on rate, rhythm, and axis. Here is another set of three videos discussing ECG intervals a...
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ALiEM Book Club: THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO – Join the conversation

New Horizons Do you like the ALiEM Book Club?  Well we like you too!…  so much so that we want YOU to join in on the next book discussion! We are ...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy: ECG Rate, Rhythm, Axis

Dr. Rahul Patwari reviews the basics on how to determine an ECG’s rate, rhythm, and axis. It’s always nice to review these concepts. Do you rememb...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: Neonatal Resuscitation

What is your approach to neonatal resuscitation… that is, after you pause a millisecond to first take a deep breath. Stay calm in this always stre...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: The Crashing Neonate

In this series of videos, Dr. Rahul Patwari reviews the approach to the crashing neonate. Because these cases are often stressful, it is paramount ...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy videos: Anticoagulation and reversal agents

Bleeding in general is bad. Bleeding while on anticoagulants is VERY bad. Dr. Rahul Patwari reviews the pathophysiology of coagulation, the variou...
Tactical Medicine News

ALiEM Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Just like scores of other premedical students all striving to get acceptance to medical school, I volunteered and did research during college. I e...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Got a shoulder dislocation? Park it

Myriad techniques exist to reduce shoulder dislocations, which includes scapular rotation, Hennepin, Snowbird, Cunningham, and Legg maneuvers. The...
Tactical Medicine News

Patwari Academy video: Torsades de Pointes

Torsades de pointes is a polymorphic form of ventricular tachycardia. Why does this occur? What does it characteristically look like? Why is this a...
Tactical Medicine News

Should physicians be trained as “knowledge workers”?

According to Wikipedia a Knowledge Worker is someone whose main job is to employ creative, divergent, convergent thinking to solve problems with th...
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