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Want to be a (simulation) Olympian?

In Editorial, Education & Quality Improvement, Featured by Erin Brennan0 Comments

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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Tiny Tips: HEART Score – A Tool for Acute Coronary Syndrome

In Medical Concepts, Tiny Tips by Richard Tang0 Comments

Chest Pain? Better check out the HEART (Score)! Chest pain suspected to be of cardiac origin is a common presentation in the first-world Emergency Department, but trying to decide the appropriate level of care of these patients can often be challenging. What if the chest pain is not a straight-forward STEMI that needs to be sent to the cath lab? What do we say when the troponin levels are not high enough to impress …

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A Resident’s Perspective on CBME

In Commentary, Opinion by Kristen Weersink0 Comments

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 …