Month: April 2017

1st Trimester Vaginal Bleeding

This is one of the most common chief complaints in all of Emergency Medicine. You will have one of these cases during your rotation. The most important thing to remember are your 5 tests and also how to present these cases to your attending.

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Heaton HA. Ectopic Pregnancy and Emergencies in the First 20 Weeks of Pregnancy. In: Tintinalli JE, Stapczynski J, Ma O, Yealy DM, Meckler GD, Cline DM. eds. Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 8e New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2016. http://accessemergencymedicine.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=1658&sectionid=109434141. Accessed April 10, 2017.

Constipation

This week we are going to cover a basic approach to the constipated patient with a focus on the possible treatments for constipation.

Marathons

One of the best events you can volunteer for as a medical student is your local marathon. You learn about musculoskeletal injuries, heat injuries, electrolyte emergencies, as well as prepare yourself for the occasional seizure, cardiac arrest, and case of anaphylaxis. You learn procedures like starting IVs, obtaining vitals, and basic wound care. It really is a great place to learn the basics of Emergency Medicine. In this episode, we will discuss marathon related emergencies.

Summa

You’ve heard about this story by now. Today we are going to talk about what happened at the Summa EM residency program and why it closed. Even more importantly, we are going to discuss what we can learn from this and how to be smarter when choosing residency programs in the future.

DKA (Critical Diagnosis)

DKA is one of my favorite diagnoses to treat because it follows a nice, simple, algorithmic approach. These patients are incredibly sick, but your attending will be very impressed if you have an understanding of the basic protocol. The hardest thing to remember is that the blood sugar is the LEAST important part of DKA management. Dehydration, Hypokalemia, and Ketoacids play a much more important role.