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Want to be a (simulation) Olympian?

In Editorial, Education & Quality Improvement, Featured by Erin BrennanLeave a Comment

A five year-old boy is brought into your resuscitation bay by EMS after falling out of a motor-boat in the frigid waters of the St Lawrence river.  CPR was started at the scene and when he arrives he has regained a pulse but is hypotensive with a decreased level of consciousness.  Your heart races as you assemble your team and divide up responsibilities – “we need an airway assessment, vascular access, get him …

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A Resident’s Perspective on CBME

In Commentary, Opinion by Kristen WeersinkLeave a Comment

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series of posts related to CBME. Read the medical student perspective here. This post was written by a current Royal College EM trainee at Queen’s University who has a keen interest in education and who has been extensively involved in the transition to CBME locally and nationally.  Competency based medical education (CBME) – is it an ideology, an educational overhaul, or a make-work project from …

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The Opioid Crisis: Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness Review

In Commentary, Opinion by Carl Jarvis1 Comment

Editor’s Note: Dr. Carl Jarvis is an Emergency Medicine Physician, and a director for the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness (CEEP). Nationally, CEEP’s mandate is to support and inform structures and processes in ensuring an standard of excellence in health emergency preparedness. Most recently, the organization has taken to addressing the growing opioid crisis within our country, here Dr. Jarvis helps to provide some further insights to first line providers.  Opioid crisis: why is it …

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The (real) battle against strep throat

In Commentary, Opinion by Edmund Kwok4 Comments

In the past week, there has been some national buzz  around: “Why strep throat is causing serious complications, from amputations to death”. This is quite a headline, especially for those in the emergency medicine community who are moving more and more towards a practice of not routinely treating strep pharyngitis with antibiotics. I can already picture some of our patients rushing to the ER at the first sign of a sore throat, with a …

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Emergency medicine autonomy is under siege

In Commentary, Opinion by Jesse KellarLeave a Comment

The opposite of a motivated physician is a burnt-out physician. In healthcare, preventing physician burnout and promoting physician wellness is of increasing importance. Healthcare organizations are under tremendous pressure to retain quality physicians and push physicians to perform at the highest level possible.  The key to getting these results is to truly understand what motivates physicians to do their job, and to foster it. I recently watched a YouTube video1 that summarized a Daniel …

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A Medical Student’s Perspective on CBME

In Editorial, Education & Quality Improvement, Featured, Opinion by Verdah Bismah2 Comments

As programs across the country transition to a form of competency-based medical education (CBME) we will be hosting a series of posts from the many people this transition will affect. Our first perspective is that of a medical student faced with a CBME filled future! Verdah Bismah is a medical student at Queen’s University, which is transitioning all of it’s postgraduate programs to CBME in 2017. If you are a medical student please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. If you are an educator we want to hear from you too!