Month: June 2016

Burnout

Before we start clerkship season, we need to address the most important issue impacting emergency medicine: HALF of our physicians are experiencing burnout this year (Medscape). This is a huge problem. It leads to decreased speed, patient satisfaction, safety, and staff wellness. We have to learn to invest in our wellness now, or we will be statistically unlikely to achieve our full potential as physicians.

In this episode, we discuss the importance of doing something everyday to invest in either our mental, physical, or spiritual wellness. It allows us to defend ourselves against burnout and teach others to do the same, regardless of the environment or challenges we find ourselves in.

BRUE (Pediatrics)

Brief. Resolved. Unexplained. Events.

A few months ago the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a set of guidelines on the management of a  common pediatric condition formally known as ALTE (now known as BRUE). These babies used to ALL be admitted to the hospital for extensive testing. However, this is no longer the case. Now, the AAP divides these babies into 3 categories, HIGH risk, LOW risk, and NOT BRUE. I’ll break down this huge pediatrics topic and the new guidelines in this episode.

Trauma

Trauma is easily the most interesting topic in all of emergency medicine. We might not see it quite as much as chest pain and abdominal pain, but trauma is certainly one of the top 10 things you will see most commonly on your clerkship. Today I am going to give you an overview of a course called ATLS- Advanced Trauma Life Support. It is the national standard of care for treating trauma. It’s very easy to understand, just remember your A-B-C-D-Es (Primary Survey) and don’t forget to do a thorough Secondary Survey.