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QI Series Part 1 | What is Quality Improvement?

In Education & Quality Improvement by Shawn.Mondoux0 Comments

As physicians involved in Quality Improvement (QI) work, we are often asked by colleagues  and learners, “What is QI exactly?”  And this makes sense, given that few resources exist for those unfamiliar with the concepts and goals of QI.  Here, we hope to provide any health-care professional with the introductory knowledge to better understand how and why QI became so important in healthcare, and what this means for the future of health-care delivery. …

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Congratulations to Sameer Sharif, 2017 Essentials of EM / CanadiEM Fellow!

In Featured by Brent Thoma1 Comment

On behalf of the CanadiEM and Essentials of Emergency Medicine teams, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Fellowship contest is Dr. Sameer Sharif! Sameer is a 3rd year resident in the FRCPC Emergency Medicine program at McMaster University. His submission, entitled ß-Blockers for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation in Cardiac Arrest was rated highly by all three of the Editors who reviewed it. Beyond being well written, appropriately referenced, and interesting, …

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Tiny Tips – Taking a Social History

In Medical Concepts, Tiny Tips by Aaron Leung0 Comments

While often overlooked, a patient’s social history can help narrow the differential diagnosis as well as help guide their final disposition. A mnemonic to help with the essential parts of the social history is ETOH SHOTS: Education Level of education of the patient; are they able to understand discharge instructions. Treatment Coverage Does the patient have a drug plan to help cover medication costs, can they afford the medications you are prescribing. Offspring/Supports …