#EMConf: Sharing EM residency teaching with the world

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Those of you that are on twitter may have noticed a flurry of tweets with the hashtag #EMConf. This initiative (that is best outlined by Nikita Joshi of ALiEM here) has the noble goal of sharing pearls from the academic sessions (variably called “Conference” “Academic half-day” “Didactics” etc depending on the state/country/continent) of EM residency programs with the world. If you’ve been tuning in you may have had the opportunity to catch tweets …

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Diagnostic Statistics for Medical Students

In Knowledge Translation, Medical Concepts by Brent Thoma6 Comments

A few weeks ago I was tweeting about the excellent Statistics in Medicine MOOC offered by Kristin Sainani of Stanford University when Ernesto asked: @BoringEM how do you find this as a resident? Is statistics a gap in your training? #justcurious — Ernesto (@DilettanteMD) July 22, 2013 Well, is it? I was taught statistics in medical school and my residency program incorporated them into its curriculum. However, I feel like I always “got by” rather than really learned statistics. I …

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Tweeting and Medicine: Counterpoint from a new Twitterer

In Counterpoint, Knowledge Translation by Teresa Chan3 Comments

By Teresa Chan, MD    |    Peer-reviewed by Brent Thoma, MD Dr. Christopher Labos (@drlabos) has confessed his hate for Twitter.  I would like to confess that I have fallen in love with it. Once again I find myself with a contrary opinion – I think tweeting and medicine go hand in hand – and thus, I have published my second BoringEM.org Counterpoint (see the first one here). Twitter is the Message The great Canadian Media …

ID Badges: You’re the who in the what now?

In Medical Concepts by Brent Thoma16 Comments

In every hospital I have ever worked at I have been confused about who was who at one point or another. Although it hasn’t always been verbalized, I’ve mistaken ward clerks, nurses, nursing students, medical students, residents, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and attendings in almost every conceivable way. While it might be intuitively obvious to us that respiratory therapists wear red scrubs, medical students wear short lab coats and the …

D-Dimer: Should we adjust the cut-off value for age?

In Medical Concepts by Brent Thoma5 Comments

Recently this article flew across my twitter feed via a link from Cliff Reid: Diagnostic accuracy of conventional or age adjusted D-dimer cut-off values in older patients with suspected venous thromboembolism: systematic review and meta-analysis (open access BMJ June 2013).   After a quick read of the abstract I was like this: A way to adjust the D-Dimer that preserves sensitivity while increasing specificity? That sounds MORE awesome than peach yogurt! Fewer negative CT’s would only be …

Tiny Tips: The CATCH Rule

In Tiny Tips by Brent Thoma2 Comments

Yesterday CJEM tweeted out one of their latest article to become open-access: Review of the CATCH study: a clinical decision rule for the use of computed tomography in children with minor head injury. While I understand that they are not able to make all of their articles open-access due to financial considerations, they have made the effort to make those articles published >1 year ago freely available. This article provides an overview and …