Ondansetron vs Placebo ...

This week we review an article comparing ondasetron, metoclopramide and placebo (normal saline). Title: Antiemetic use for nausea and vomiting in adult emergency department patients: randomized controlled trial comparing ondansetron, metoclopramide, and placebo. PMID: 24818542 Background...

KT: High Five (strategi...

Why this paper is important?

A very practical article with tips and tricks relevant to newcomers and well-seasoned FOAMites.

ADJUST-PE: Should we ad...

Pulmonary embolism is a diagnosis that haunts emergency physicians’ nightmares. Its potential deadliness and the variability of its presentation, combined with the potential harms of CTPA’s and overdiagnosis, make assessing it in the low to moderate risk patient devastatingly...

Counterpoint: Chunking ...

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...

Advice for New Medical ...

If you follow BoringEM you may have noticed that there has not been as much new content lately. While I plan to continue writing and occasionally hosting content from other Canadian writers, the frequency of my posts on this site will be decreasing to ~1 per month.  After 70,000 hits in...

#EMConf: Sharing EM res...

Those of you that are on twitter may have noticed a flurry of tweets with the hashtag #EMConf. This initiative (that is best outlined by Nikita Joshi of ALiEM here) has the noble goal of sharing pearls from the academic sessions (variably called “Conference” “Academic...

Diagnostic Statistics f...

A few weeks ago I was tweeting about the excellent Statistics in Medicine MOOC offered by Kristin Sainani of Stanford University when Ernesto asked: @BoringEM how do you find this as a resident? Is statistics a gap in your training? #justcurious — Ernesto (@DilettanteMD) July 22, 2013...

Tweeting and Medicine: ...

By Teresa Chan, MD    |    Peer-reviewed by Brent Thoma, MD Dr. Christopher Labos (@drlabos) has confessed his hate for Twitter.  I would like to confess that I have fallen in love with it. Once again I find myself with a contrary opinion – I think tweeting and medicine go hand in...