This month’s ALiEM Journal Club discussed Perry et al’s 2013 paper Clinical Decision Rules to Rule Out Subarachnoid Hemorrhage for Acute Headache. If you haven’t already, check out the awesome collaborative vodcast featuring ALiEM Editors, Annals of EM Editors and the Authors! If you can’t spare 30 minutes, watch at double speed.
I suspect the Ottawa SAH rule may be destined to join the ranks of Stiell et al’s other Canadian exports (the Canadian CT Head Rule, Canadian...
Written by: Teresa Chan MD, FRCPC | Peer reviewed by: Brent Thoma MD, MA
This piece is a Counterpoint piece in response to KevinMD piece: J. Russell Strader, MD Why graduate medical education is failing from December 19, 2013. Read the original post here.
The Impetus for my latest Counterpoint
In his piece on the KevinMD blog, Dr. J. Russell Strader implied that because he’s interviewing candidates whom he believes are “woefully unprepared” to practice independently as...
By Teresa Chan, MD | Peer-reviewed by Brent Thoma, MD
Lately, I’ve been pondering about the role of mnemonics.
Join me as I wax philosophical and dig into the education theory behind why we’re tempted by these tiny packages of information.
Why am I thinking about Chunking?
I’ve been reading a lot about the psychological sciences right now as I have been working on my thesis proposal. Some of the great work done was on Chessmasters and their inordinate ability to...
The December edition of EM:RAP had a great segment with Haney Mallemat and Stuart Swadron that went over five “Critical Care Quickies.” One of them presented an approach to an alarming ventilator that really caught my eye.
The classic mnemonic that I was taught for this situation was
Differential for the Alarming Ventilator: DOPE(S)
D – Dislodged tube
O – Obstructed tube (mucous plug, blood, kink)
P – Pneumothorax
E – Equipment failure (ventilator, tubing, etc)