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The EM Res Podcast

The Emergency Medicine Resident Podcast is dedicated to all things for and about the emergency medicine resident, and is a resource for emergency medicine educators. Our goal is to give you everything you need to succeed in residency and beyond, while giving educators a place to go for educational content.

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Episode 28: US in Dyspnea - Part 1

In the first of a two part episode, EM Chief Resident and resident US guru Jacob Avila (@UltrasoundMD) discusses the use of US in undifferentiated dyspnea.  The possibilities are endless, but Dr. Avila shows you how to simplify your clinical decision making and make the right call.  

27mins

25 Feb 2015

Rank #1

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Episode 27: Momentum Breakers, Part 2

In Part 2, Joseph Cruz (@CruzaderJC)presents his top 5 on shift momentum breakers for EM residents. Think about them ahead of time, so you can be ready when they show up on shift!

24mins

7 Feb 2015

Rank #2

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Episode 26: Momentum Breakers, Part 1

In Epsiode 26, we have a new EM Resident contributors to the EM Res Podcast.  In Part one of a two part episode, Dr. Joseph Cruz of edocc.com discusses 5 of his 10 ED shift momentum breakers.  

22mins

13 Jan 2015

Rank #3

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Episode 25: Pediatric Appendicitis

In what two age groups is perforated appendicitis most common?  If you said the very young and the very old, you would be correct.  As we all know, the workup and diagnosis of appendicitis in kids can be extremely difficult.  So how do we tease out the right history and get to the correct conclusion? In this episode, we discuss many of the more difficult and important aspects of the workup for a child with possible appendicitis.

1hr 2mins

7 Dec 2014

Rank #4

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Episode 24.5: "EBM is Crap"

While making episode 24, we had a little aside into the pitfalls of evidence based medicine.  Dr. Kaminstein makes his feelings known, and we talk about those feelings.  

16mins

19 Nov 2014

Rank #5

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Episode 24: What do I read, and how do I do it?

In Episode 24, EM Res vets Drs. Kaminstein and Kochert return with Dr. Becker to talk about how residents should approach reading medical research articles.  Do you need to read everything?  What should you read?  How do you do it?  All this and more in the first of a series on reading original research for residents.  

47mins

14 Nov 2014

Rank #6

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Episode 23: What's the "Best" Residency?

In Episode 23, with the upcoming US EM residency interview season about to descend upon us all, I talk about a recent survey that claims to list the best EM residencies, why you should ignore it, what applicants should look for ina residency, and our duty as educators to find the right fit.  

24mins

4 Oct 2014

Rank #7

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Episode 22: Do an H/P, But Don't Forget US

In Episode 22, I talk about why an article from KevinMD in April 2014 got it wrong regarding POC US, and what we should learn and take away from it.  

26mins

21 Sep 2014

Rank #8

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Episode 21: You're Not Alone

In this mini-episode, I talk a bit about an incredibly interesting and I think important article published recently in the New York Times regarding resident suicide and depression.  The bottom line: If you feel like you need help, you're not alone.  

11mins

7 Sep 2014

Rank #9

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Episode 20: COPD Part 2

Episode 20 is Part 2 of Dr. Kochert's lecture on COPD.  In Part 2, Dr. Kochert discusses the tough question regarding antibiotics in COPD exacerbations, smoking cessation in the ED, and finishes with a Q/A discussing some of the finer points of the lecture and managing COPD patients.  

33mins

31 Aug 2014

Rank #10

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Episode 19: COPD Part 1

In Episode 19, Dr. Erik Kochert returns to the podcast to give a great talk on COPD.  There was so much good stuff, I decided to split this into two podcast episodes.  In Part 1, Dr. Kochert talks about GOLD, oxygen titration, inhaled therapies, steroids and NIPPV.  

31mins

19 Aug 2014

Rank #11

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Episode 18: GI Toxicology

In Episode 18, we take a look at the ingestions and insertions - both accidental and not - that make their way into the GI tracts of your patients.  This is by no means a comprehensive review of all things toxicology that can affect the GI system.  Rather, we focus on ingestions, foreign bodies, and whether or not GI decontamination actually helps.  

36mins

31 Jul 2014

Rank #12

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Episode 17: Important Topics in Emergency Ophthalmology

In this episode, Dan Kaminstein is back to talk emergency ophthalmology.  Dan talks with Dr. Emory Patterson, a community ophthalmologist from Athens Georgia.  Drs. Kaminstein and Patterson both did their residencies in EM and Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia.  Just remember, vision, pupils, and pressure!

55mins

11 Jul 2014

Rank #13

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New residents, attendings, and dogmalysis

There is a bunch out there in social media and FOAMed lately about "dogmalysis," or the idea that some of the things we do have no evidence base, and should not be done.  But new EM residents and new EM attendings may want to take some of this content with a grain of salt.  

6mins

8 Jul 2014

Rank #14

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Episode 16: Are you sure you want that scan?

We have all answered that call from radiology or from our radiology techs.  In this episode, we talk about the myths and truths behind the use of oral contrast in the ED, ED imaging in pregnancy, and contrast induced nephropathy.  

42mins

28 May 2014

Rank #15

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Episode 15: The 7 Deadly Sins - Common US Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

As a graduate of 12 years of Catholic school, I learned about (and committed most of) the 7 deadly sins.  I spend much of my time now teaching residents ultrasound, and reviewing their images.  In the 7 major US categories (AAA, Biliary, Cardiac, FAST, OB, Renal, and Vascular Access), I have noticed there are common mistakes most novices make.  So what are these 7 Deadly US Sins, and how can we avoid them?

26mins

3 Jan 2014

Rank #16

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Question: Difference of Opinions

Hypothetical scenario:  You think your patient needs something your attending does not, and it is not insignificant (ie, you want them admitted, more agressively resuscitated, etc).  How do you handle it?  What would you want your residents to do?  

3mins

23 Dec 2013

Rank #17

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Episode 14: Train to Failure

"Amateurs train until they succeed, professionals train until they fail."  -Chris Costa In this episode, I discuss some lessons that I originally heard presented to military and law enforcement personnel in the setting of defense training.  All of these lessons can be translated to the Emergency Medicine Physician and Resident.  

15mins

22 Nov 2013

Rank #18

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Episode 13: Issues for Female Physicians in Emergency Medicine

Did you know that female physicians still make less than their male counterparts?  Did you know that women comprise an alarmingly small number of EM department chairs?  Tintinalli may have written the book, but female physicians in Emergency Medicine (and medicine in general) still face a number of unique issues.  I talk with Dr. Kathleen Clem, Dr. Stephanie Abbuhl, and Dr. Esther Choo to discuss these issues, and what female physicians can do about it.  

54mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #19

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Episode 12: Ultrasound Rants and Ramblings

In this episode, I talk about a few topics that I have wanted to ramble about related to Ultrasound.  How much US is too much for the resident? Can you do "too much" ultrasound?  Is there a role for the FAST exam in stable trauma patients?  Is the US the new stethoscope, and is it just an extension of the physical exam?  Hear what I think.  

26mins

6 Aug 2013

Rank #20