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Virtual Retreat 2020: The Future of CanadiEM

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On August 24, 2020 CanadiEM held its first ever virtual retreat. The goal was to take time to think about the direction of the organization and blog and to map out a vision for the future of CanadiEM. We also aimed to build connections with our members who are distributed around Canada and internationally, especially since in-person gatherings like conferences have been cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This post aims to …

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CanadiEM Frontline Primer – Breaking Bad News

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This review is about how to break bad news in the emergency department. While this occurs in many areas of medicine, emergency medicine is unique in that the emergency department environment can be challenging and we generally do not have pre-existing relationships with our patients to draw upon. Points to Focus upon The SPIKES mnemonic is a common methodology used within the ED to break bad news. Setting: Private. Find a chair and …

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CanadiEM year in review and 2020 preview

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Since launching on January 1st, 2016, CanadiEM has experienced a lot of growth. In 2019 our site received >2.1 million pageviews, >300,000 podcast downloads from around the world, and was recognized of the top 10 sites tracked by the #FOAMed Social Media Index.​1,2​ While we have continued to focus on building a Canadian community of emergency physician educators, our growth has been supported by numerous additions to our team and evolutions in how …

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CanadiEM Advertisements: What do you think?

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Hello CanadiEM readers. You may have noticed some changes to the website this week. Specifically, the presence of advertisements on our pages. Since CanadiEM was founded at the beginning of 2016 we’ve largely resisted the urge to incorporate advertisements. However, as we’ve grown (we are now receiving >2,000,000 pageviews annually), so have our costs. This has strained our usual method of accessing funding through grants and, if not addressed, would limit our ability …