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Edutainment: It’s Called a Lecture Theatre for a Reason

In Featured by Paul Olszynski4 Comments

“Are your simulations that good?” my wife joked as we stepped out of Star Tours (a pretty fantastic space flight simulator at EuroDisney). I pause…  “They’re a close second of course. Well, maybe a distant second, close third? It’s different, right?” As the day went on, more questions kept popping up in my mind.  Just how good are our simulation sessions? Star Tours was hugely entertaining (hard not to like flying a spaceship) …

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CAEP13 and Social Media

In Knowledge Translation by Brent Thoma6 Comments

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) will be holding its annual conference from June 1st-5th in Vancouver. As far as I know, CAEP13 will be the first Canadian emergency conference that has put effort into establishing a social media presence. CAEP_docs has promised some live-tweets and the #CAEP13 hash-tag has been set up with twubs.com. However, I think the success or failure of CAEP’s first venture into the world of social media will …

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Tiny Tips: START Protocol for Mass Casualty Triage

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My residency program discussed the EMS chapters in Rosen’s tonight and went over the START protocol for triage in mass casualty incidents. For the unacquainted, START stands for Simple Triage And Rapid Treatment. This protocol aims to make triage extremely fast and simple to allow first responders to quickly assess large numbers of patients. Triaged patients are clearly marked with colors (black = dead, red = immediate attention, yellow = delayed attention, green = …

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Tiny Tips: Altered Mental Status

In Medical Concepts, Tiny Tips by Brent Thoma6 Comments

Altered mental status is a frequent presentation with a very broad differential. Having a solid approach helps provide structure to the workup of a difficult group of patients. IS IT MEAT is a common mnemonic for this presentation and the best one that I have come across (thanks to Nadim Lalani from ermentor.com for teaching it to me and George Farjou for the quick comments to improve it). Not only do the letters have fairly intuitive …

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AnkiEM Evolution – Flashcard Exchange & Flashcards Deluxe

In Knowledge Translation by Brent Thoma6 Comments

For the background on this project check out my post The AnkiEM Project. Basically, when I started making cards to review for my board exams I knew that I wanted to use a spaced-repetition flashcard tool (thanks to Chris Nickson‘s from Life in the Fast Lane for exposing me to this concept) and Anki seemed like the best bet. However, as I collected feedback from Eve Purdy, Andrew Tagg, Joshua Power and Reuben Strayer I began to consider other alternatives. Specifically, I agreed with Joshua Power that it would …

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Tiny Tips: The Effects of TCAs

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This month I’ve been reading a lot of toxicology. While running through the Antidepressant chapter in Rosen’s I realized that I was definitely going to need help remembering the ridiculous number of pharmacological effects of TCAs. Practical? Not so much. A potentially esoteric exam question? Definitely. This is the first BoringEM “Tiny Tip.” While most of my medical posts are quite long, I think there is some merit to occasionally going over something …