Tales From the Trenches E03: COVID and the Medical Student Dilemma with Dr. Jazmyn Shaw

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Overview: In this episode, Tiffany talks with Dr. Jazmyn Shaw, the current EMRA Medical Student Council Chair, about the unique challenges faced by medical students during the COVID pandemic. From being abruptly pulled from rotations, uncertainty over audition rotations, virtual interviews and match to the first doses of a COVID vaccine, we cover it all! As we enter year 2 of the COVID pandemic, Dr. Shaw gives us a reminder to love ourselves …

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What is the role of POCUS to differentiate between cellulitis and abscess?

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A 30-year-old male presents to the ER with right forearm redness, swelling and pain. On exam, you are unsure whether this infection represents cellulitis or abscess. You wonder if point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be helpful. Superficial soft tissue infections are a common ED presentation. Cellulitis appears as an area of erythema, edema and tenderness. An abscess is suspected when a discrete fluctuant mass is palpated within the infected tissue. However, relying on these …

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Tiny Tip: MORPH as a discharge guide for patients with substance use disorders

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Emergency Departments are often the primary source of healthcare for marginalized patients with substance use disorders.​1​ As such, we have unique opportunities to intervene and initiate change. While many acronyms and screening tools exist to identify substance use disorders, I have yet to find one that helps cover high yield items to be discussed with patients prior to discharge.​2​ In response, I created a clever, easy to remember tool based on case management …

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Hosting More Effective Morbidity & Mortality Rounds

In Education & Quality Improvement, HiQuiPs by Dominick SheltonLeave a Comment

LeBron was in the last few months of his emergency medicine (EM) residency and was tasked with presenting morbidity and mortality (M&M) rounds during an EM rotation.  Between clinical shifts and incessant studying for his exam, he carved out time to prepare the rounds.  Although he had been a participant in many M&M rounds, he realized that he had never presented at one.  He didn’t have a good case to present and wondered …