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Tiny Tips: The COWS Scale

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As the opiate crisis continues to escalate, emergency departments are seeing higher numbers of patients with complaints and complications related to opiate use disorder. There is strong evidence for opiate agonist treatment in preventing opiate related deaths. Additionally, Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) is the recommended first line treatment.​1​ Suboxone Treatment For a full Suboxone start, a patient is required to be in moderate withdrawal, meaning a Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) score of greater than …

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Flashcards

In Mentorship, TipsForEMExams by Brent Thoma3 Comments

This page is the home of CanadiEM Flashcards including both the CRACKCast and “Boring Cards” series. The CRACKCast set parallels the CRACKCast podcast, adding flashcards shortly after each new episode is released so that you can review the key concepts and memorize the relevant information that they presented. The “Boring Cards” series builds on the many ‘Tiny Tips’ presented on CanadiEM and was the study deck used by Dr. Brent Thoma to prepare …

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#TipsForNewDocs | Using spaced repetition to study

In Mentorship, TipsForEMExams by Brent Thoma3 Comments

The Canadian Royal College licensing exam in emergency medicine has a certain mystique. While the pass rate for Canadian graduates is spectacular [1], exam survivors speak of the test in hushed whispers that have an air of PTSD. Having recently survived the exam myself, I have some understanding of where these whispers come from. Prior to my exam year I had planned to write a blog post to reassure the residents following me that it was …

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#EMexams | Crowd-sourcing questions for test-enhanced learning

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CALLING ALL STAFF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANSWe need your help! Remember not so long ago when you wrote that little quiz known as the Emergency Medicine Board Exam? No? Have you gone through CBT to forget it? Think back to those days when your life revolved around that little quiz because BoringEM needs your help. What we’re up to: Introducing #EMexams We’re compiling a database of practice exam questions to help residents prepare for their …

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#TipsforEMexams: Dr. Christopher Hicks shares his EM Exam Tips

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Name: Chris Hicks, MD, MEd, FRCPC, Survivor of the 2009 Royal College EM exam Where are you now? Emergency physician, trauma team leader at St. Mike’s in Toronto.  Associate program director, FRCP-EM training program, University of Toronto.   My Tips: ​Learn to think like an examiner.  It may surprise you to learn this, but the people who concoct the FR exam are actual humans, just like you and me.  You should read chapters with an …