Digital Life in EM

When the pioneers of Emergency Medicine were pushing to have the specialty formally recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, they had to prove that the knowledge and skill set needed to be a proficient EM provider was unique to the field–not taught, researched, or practiced by other specialties. Their hard work not only resulted in the recognition of EM as a medical specialty in 1979, but also solidified this knowledge base and jumpstarted research in EM. As a result, we as current EM residents have more learning tools than we can possibly use. So where to start?
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The Accountable Care Act has resulted in major changes in access to health care and care delivery, but it is just one of the pieces of legislation helping to shape these changes. Drs. Dr. Warren Perry (PGY-3) and Arjun Venkatesh published a great summary on the impact of these pieces of national legislation impact health information technology in the emergency department in EM Resident last month. Check it out to get up to speed on the changing landscape of health IT.

Dr. David Cone, Chief of the Section of EMS, and current Editor-in-Chief of Academic Emergency Medicine shared his thoughts with us yesterday in conference on how to successfully translate one’s research efforts into a manuscript that gets published.
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The podcast above is a recording of Dan Savage‘s lecture on Digital Life in Emergency Medicine. This 30 minute podcast is an introduction into ways you can use online resources such as podcasts, FOAM (Free, Open Access Medical Education) websites, RSS feeders, and saved searches to keep up to date on the cutting edge of the practice of Emergency Medicine. These tools are not meant to take the place of however you currently study, but hopefully this talk will expose you to one or two extra tools that will make your studying more efficient and/or engaging.

Congratulations to Drs. Baloescu and Luu on their recent publication in EM Resident on pediatric ovarian torsion! Looks like I need to move this condition higher on my differential for lower quadrant abdominal pain in females of all ages.
Talk about following up her recent reign as Resident of the Month with a bang!

The types of learning done in the clinical environment and those done at home after a shift or on a day off are inherently different. Think of bedside teaching rounds as compared to reading a textbook on the couch, and not just because you are wearing pajamas for one and not the other! Both these methods of knowledge acquisition have their place in medical education as well as their pro’s and con’s.

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EMRA and CDEM, Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine, produce fantastic resources for residents, medical students, and EM faculty involved in teaching. This video on “Patient Presentations in the Emergency Department” is just the most recent example.
Make sure to check this video out to #rockyoursubi and check out our very own Mike Yip, Class of 2018!


The completely revamped EM survival guide is here thanks to the hard work of Warren Perry and company.
You can find it here in the link above, on DocLauncher on your mobile device, or under the drop-down menu under “Residents.” You will need your Yale netID to access it as it has contact information including internal phone numbers.
If you are interested in adding to this valuable project, or updating information, please email Warren Perry, or drop a comment here at

Dr. Kennedy Hall, our senior ultrasound fellow, and the Section of Emergency Ultrasound recently published on the 5E’s of focused emergency echocardiography. Life in the Fast Lane, an emergency medicine FOAM/FOAMed (Free, Open Access Medical Education) website featured the article in their most recent “Research and Reviews in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care” post. Congratulations to the authors on this recognition and hopefully this deserved attention will help disseminate this incredibly useful skill set.

The Yale Medical Library now has the electronic version of Harwood and Nuss: Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, 6th Edition electronically. So residents, log on to your Yale VPN and access our program’s core textbook from any computer for free!

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