How can you support African Emergency Medicine?

A lot of people have been asking the LMIC delegates at dasSMACC the following question: “How can we support African Emergency Medicine?” Two quick ways you can help from afar: ONE: Donate to SupaDel: Supadel is a unique AFEM initiative that sponsors the attendance of delegates from low and middle income countries at AFEM-affiliated conferences… Continue Reading


Supervision

I’ve been lucky enough to be one of the few paediatric registrars allocated to an Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health ward for a 6 month rotation. Although I’d worked in (adult) Psych wards before, I had few well formed ideas about psychiatric theory or practice past how to “do a takedown”. In Shem’s House of God,… via… Continue Reading


TEACHING BY HUMILIATION AND BELITTLEMENT. — C-Foam

IS THIS STILL HAPPENING? The BMJ published a quantitative study reviewing medical student teaching experiences. Thankfully there were many examples of positive role models and effective and approachable teachers providing guidance and support. Alarmingly, there were also reports of teaching by humiliation and a hierarchical and competitive atmosphere, particularly during clinical training years. No one… via… Continue Reading


Ten (10) Examples of Hyperacute T-waves in Lead V2 (a few in V3), due to acute LAD occlusion — Dr. Smith’s ECG Blog

Thursday's case, read by 60,000 people, provoked a bit of anguish among readers because they weren't all sure they would recognize this finding of LAD occlusion. Others thought it was obvious. Others thought they would detect it with troponins or serial EKGs (serial EKG was done and did not change; I don't know about serial… via… Continue Reading


Animal Wrangling

If you are talking about things which don’t have a huge amount of evidence but need an answer you try to achieve consensus. Here’s a little thing from Andrew Weatherall (@AndyDW_) on a recent animal wrangling publication on paediatric regional anaesthetic hot topics.  Creative people can be inspirational. They can be irritating. They can astonish and… Continue Reading


Baring all: Being vulnerable

Tweet As a young man, I have always tried to be the one in charge. I have always wanted to be the smartest, strongest & right – I always wanted to be right.  For the longest time, I have been that guy, not exposing my weaknesses, not exposing my uncertainties. I’m supposed to always know…… Continue Reading


The ‘Top Five Changes’ Project: 2015 AHA guidelines on CPR + ECC update infographic series

Editor’s Note: Last Wednesday was like the night before Christmas for the BoringEM team. We had trouble getting to sleep as we awaited the Thursday release of the 2015 ILCOR / AHA / Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC)! We spent the prior week planning for how…… Continue Reading