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20 Tips for Career Success and Longevity in Emergency Medicine

by Gus M. Garmel, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Oct 13, 2021
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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The Leader’s Library: Keep Going | Sign up to join the book club discussion

As we submit our responses to the daily health screen for the thousandth time; realize, after having removed a mountain of PPE and sanitized our ha...
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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...
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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

Work Grief: A Primer for Emergency Medicine Providers

Heartbreaking patient situations are the backbone of Emergency Medicine. Whether it’s a new cancer diagnosis, telling a family member that their lo...
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...
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Why You Should Have a Mantra During These Stressful COVID-19 Times

Healthcare workers on the frontlines during the COVID19 pandemic are likely to experience an increase in stress, fear and anxiety. In these chall...
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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...
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Match Day! Words of Wisdom for Life

Last week, more than 2000 medical students were matched into medicine. We welcomed you, and also offered some advice for how to manage the heavy wo...
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Match Day! Words of Wisdom for Work

Congratulations on matching into emergency medicine! We are glad to have you. The journey you are about to embark on will be equal parts grueling a...
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Peer Accountability: A Strategy for Maintaining Commitment to Personal and Professional Obligations

There are a number of personal attributes characterizing the professional identity of “physician.” We are dedicated to patients, committed to lifel...
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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

ALiEM 2019 Gram Rounds Winner

Last month, ALiEM launched a one-of-a-kind social media contest on Instagram to find the most innovative emergency medicine residency education pro...
Tactical Medicine News

2019-20 Wellness Think Tank: Open call for 30 passionate EM residents focused on physician wellness

We are thrilled to announce the open call for the fourth class of the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank. Every year has a different ambitious focus and thi...
Tactical Medicine News

Beyond the Abstract: A Return to Work Policy for New Resident Parents

More women than men entered medical school in the United States for the first time in 2017. Will this generation also set new trends in parenting d...
Tactical Medicine News

Study: High Prevalence of Physician Burnout Among Emergency Medicine Residents Across the U.S.

In March 2017, our ALiEM Wellness Think Tank launched an ambitious initiative to try to identify the prevalence rate of U.S. emergency medicine...
Tactical Medicine News

IDEA Series: A Workshop to Reflect on Personal Resilience

The Problem Burnout is a well-known syndrome characterized by poor self-care, dehumanization, exhaustion, and reduced effectiveness. The s...
Tactical Medicine News

Submit an abstract to give a national talk: Resident Wellness Innovation Plenary Session

On behalf of the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank (WTT), we are thrilled to announce our partnership again with Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM). O...
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Sign up for the Wellness Think Tank newsletter

Many residencies and departments in medicine have started or are thinking about starting local wellness newsletters and handouts. In an effort to h...
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Approaching Wellness in the ED: A Conversation with Wellness Expert Dr. Shahina Braganza

The Wellness Think Tank created a podcast with wellness expert Dr. Shahina Braganza from the Gold Coast in Australia. Facilitated by Dr. Annahieta ...
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Confronting Stress Before and After High Acuity Shifts: A Discussion with Performance Psychologist Dr. Jason Brooks

It’s almost the end of your sixth shift in a row. You are trying to finish up notes when you hear an overhead page. You find yourself in the middle...
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MEdIC Series: The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

Our sixth case of season 5, The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues, presented the scenario of an early-career attending physician anxious to re...
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MEdIC Series: The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues

Welcome to season 5, episode 6 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sara...
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3rd Annual Emergency Medicine Wellness Week | 2018 Highlights

We are set to wrap-up the 3rd Annual Emergency Medicine Wellness Week. The ALiEM Wellness Think Tank (WTT) collaborated with CanadiEM, ACEP, and th...
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Resilience in EM Despite Litigation: An Interview with Dr. Gita Pensa

You have just signed out from one of the best shifts in your career. You feel like you were born to do this! You’re a great EM doctor! Then, you sp...
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3rd Annual Emergency Medicine Wellness Week | March 11-17, 2018

In 2016, Emergency Medicine led the national charge to promote physical, mental, and emotional health of physicians. The American College of Emerge...
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Call to EM residents: Apply to join the 2018 Wellness Think Tank

This is a call to action for residents who have the creativity and passion to make life better for all trainees. The 2017 Wellness Think Tank surve...
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BCE 63 Failing Up after Medical Error

Dr. Sarah Gray tells us the story of her worst case ever and what she learned from it. About 50% of North American physicians involved in a serious...
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26 Best Wellness Apps for Emergency Physicians | A Wellness Think Tank Initiative

If you have spent any time working in an emergency department in the last 10 years, you have undoubtedly come across a conversation about wellness ...
Tactical Medicine News

Announcing a Crowdsourced Wellness Initiatives Database for EM Residency Programs

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” – Plato The rigors of post-graduate training can strain even the most stoic of reside...
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Reflections and Summaries from the 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit

The first ever Resident Wellness Consensus Summit (RWCS) was held this year as a pre-day to Essentials of EM on May 15, 2017 in Las Vegas. This was...
Tactical Medicine News

I am Dr. Daniel Lakoff, Associate Residency Director: How I Promote Wellness in EM

Promoting wellness is a team sport. It takes more than one individual to champion it at any institution. In medicine, when a team is formed to effe...
Tactical Medicine News

Wellness and Resiliency during Residency: EM is a career with unresolved stories

“We do make a difference, but not just in the setting of resuscitating critically ill or injured people, but in putting people on the pathway to he...
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Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Professional Identity Formation (featuring a podcast with Dr. Michael Weinstock)

“So I had medicine in my blood. But just because you have medicine in your blood doesn’t mean that it’s always smooth sailing.” —Michael Weinstock,...
Tactical Medicine News

Calling all U.S. EM residents: 5 Reasons to Fill out the 2017 National EM Resident Wellness Survey

This week the Wellness Think Tank is launching a resident wellness survey for Emergency Medicine residency training programs across the United Stat...
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Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Life happens despite your best plans

When I got back home from taking [my board exams], having all these [negative] feelings swirling through my head, I remember driving up and seeing ...
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I am Dr. Michael Epter: How I Promote Wellness in EM

Promoting the wellness and resilience of his residents and colleagues is a passion for Dr. Michael Epter. He has become a leading spokesperson on ...
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Calling all EM residents: Join the Resident Wellness Consensus Summit!

It seems that the 2017 year is quickly shaping up to be one of grassroots action both politically and now in emergency medicine (EM). On May 15, 20...
Tactical Medicine News

Highlights from Second Annual EM Wellness Week

The second annual Emergency Wellness Week is coming to a close. This week we featured wellness initiatives that you can use to boost wellness in yo...
Tactical Medicine News

Winners of the 2017 EBSCO Health/DynaMed Plus Wellness Grant

Members of the 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator recently submitted proposals for the highly coveted 2017 EBSCO Health/DynaMed Plus Wellness G...
Tactical Medicine News

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Debriefing Critical Incidents and podcast

“One of the residents that I was working with was yelled at once by somebody else because he had cried while giving a family bad news. I think ever...
Tactical Medicine News

Jumpstart Your Wellness: Inspiring Residency Initiatives

Welcome to Day #2 of Emergency Medicine Wellness Week! Jump starting wellness may seem intimidating when taken as a generic and ambiguous term, muc...
Tactical Medicine News

Emergency Medicine WELLNESS WEEK – An international collaboration & call to action!

“Dear colleagues. The unbearable has happened…last Friday we discovered that one of our residents was tragically taken from us… It appears that...
Tactical Medicine News

Thriving, Not Surviving, in Residency: JGME-ALiEM Hot Topics in Medical Education Journal Club

This year’s JGME-ALiEM Hot Topics in Medical Education journal club features the systematic review on residency wellness recently published in the ...
Tactical Medicine News

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Work-Life Balancing Act

“The hardest thing for me was trying to find time to do things aside from being a resident. When you’re working six 12 hours shifts in a week, ther...
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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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Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Interprofessional Conflict

“It’s rarely the patients that hurt me. It’s my colleagues in the hospital.” “[Interprofessional conflict] is so underappreciated as a source of s...
Tactical Medicine News

New initiative: Wellness Think Tank for EM residents

The issues of wellness, burnout, and resiliency have snowballed across nearly all health professions. Emergency Medicine (EM) specifically was sing...
Tactical Medicine News

Escaping Addiction with Dignity as a Medical Student

“The most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about.” –David Foster Wallace Addiction...
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EBSCO Health/DynaMed Plus EM Residency Wellness Grant winner: Dr. Kory Gebhardt

A few months ago, the ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator launched a nation-wide competition to find the best EM residency wellness ideas out there. Tod...
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