I just stumbled on a study by The Doctors Company, a big malpractice insurer, looking at 332 closed claims against ED physicians. MOST of these cases were from missed or delayed diagnosis, and statistically, it was TWELVE diagnoses that made up the majority of these.
So, in the musical spirit of Christmas, my gift to you is the most high yield, medicolegal, differential diagnosis that exists In the world…
The Doctors Company. Emergency Medicine Closed Claims Study. April 2015. Accessed December 22, 2017
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Have a great week. No episode. We’re working on updating the show notes.
I’ve been getting lots of emails regarding which CT scan is the right scan to order in different situations. Contrast? No contrast? ORAL contrast? There are so many options! I recommend you know the core, high yield CT scans, and over time you’ll pick up the rest.
There are 6 core apps that I’m currently using while running around the emergency department during my shifts, and we’ll cover the list in this episode. Also, we will soon be launching The EM Clerkship Pocket Guide which will replace the current, outdated, episode summaries. No specific date yet, but I already have the user interface designed and the content is now being written. Stay tuned.
One of the most difficult aspects of Emergency Medicine is shift work. Specifically, surviving overnights and the constant circadian chaos our body goes through by constantly rotating through morning, evening, and and overnight shifts. It happens to all of us, and in this episode I’m going to give you some personal strategies I’ve developed while in training.
This special episode is dedicated to Tyler who wants to know more about the process for getting into medical school. It’s been several years since I’ve done this myself, and alot has changed over the years. But some advice is timeless, and so this week we will cover the basics that you will need to understand before applying.
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.
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.
As doctors, we treat pain. It’s good medicine, gets good patient satisfaction, and is usually why the patient came to the ED in the first place. But we are also in the middle of a prescription narcotic epidemic. So the question is, how do we appropriately and safely prescribe narcotics? Today we will cover the AAEM guidelines on the use of narcotics in the ED.