Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stuff for Students: EM Basic

EM Basic is a podcast and blog by Dr. Steve Caroll.  The sub-heading on his home page reads: "Your Boot Camp Guide to Emergency Medicine".  That about sums it up.

Listening to this podcast will give you a solid foundation in clinical Emergency Medicine.  He started with approaches to common clinical complaints like chest pain, abdominal pain, etc., and progressed to reviewing essential evidence and discussing elements of EM practice like trauma resuscitation, procedural sedation, and much more.

You can find EM Basic on iTunes or download the files from his website.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Stuff for Students: ALiEM and Patwari Academy videos

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) is a wonderful blog started by Dr. Michelle Lin for Emergency Medicine enthusiasts.  There is now a stable of authors providing useful content for anyone interested in EM.

Particularly helpful for students and early residents are the Patwari Academy videos they post every Sunday.  These are short videos, Kahn Academy style, of an expert breaking down an EM topic on a "whiteboard".  Here is a link to the most recent on Salter Harris Fracture classification.  Other recent topics include Early Goal Directed Therapy, Approach to Altered Mental Status, and a series on Chest Trauma.

To get caught up you can go to the ALiEM blog and go back through the posts, OR search the blog for all "patwari" posts.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Stuff for Students: SAEM Website

SAEM is the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.  A natural part of their mission is to provide resources for medical students, especially those with an interest in a career in academics.  They recently revised their website to make it more functional.  There are still a few bugs and misplaced links, but there is also a ton of resources for students.

Follow the "Membership" tab to the "Medical Students" page and have a look around.  What follows are a few of the most useful resources.  You do not need to be a member to use any of these, but membership does confer additional benefits, though at a not insubstantial price.

Full disclosure:  I am a member of an SAEM committee whose mission is to find ways to better serve  medical student's and resident's.  I do not think this creates any conflicts of interest.

The most invaluable resource SAEM provides are their Directories, including their Clerkship Directory and their Residency Directory.  These are interactive maps of the U.S. with links to information on most of the EM rotations and all of the Allopathic EM residencies.  This is a great place to start researching the programs you may want to apply to.  The information here is very helpful.  A word of warning: not all of the details are right (I found several errors on my home institutions page).  A residencies actual website, usually linked to in the profile, should be considered a more definitive source of information.

Another incredibly useful service provided is the E-Advisor program.  This is a great way to get advising on a different region of the country from where you go to school.  This is also a great way to connect with an adviser if you do not have a local EM program.

One more to highlight is their collection of Student Resources.  Included are a variety of documents answering common questions and providing advice on numerous issues facing students applying to EM.

There is a lot more as well including award and grant opportunities, and information on the Annual SAEM meeting (next week in Atlanta).  Enjoy!