Thursday, January 24, 2013

“Too good to be true? It just might be.” — Notes and Pitfalls from the Job Trail

Originally Published: Common Sense, Jan/Feb 2013

Original Author: Leana S. Wen, MD MSc, AAEM/RSA President

‘Tis the season to find a job. At least it is for me and my senior resident colleagues across the country.

The first thing we learn is that this job search process is unlike any other we’ve gone through before. It’s certainly different from the rest of our medical training. Getting into medical school was no walk in the park, but it was a structured process, often with ample guidance from professors. The Match may have its own share of problems, but the process was uniform. Now, looking for an attending job, there are so many options and so many uncertainties. Whether it’s community or academia, there is no clear path to getting that ideal job.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Resident Journal Review: Anticoagulation

Originally Published: Common Sense, Jan/Fab 2013

Original Authors: Authors: Susan Cheng, MD MPH; Jonathan Yeo, MD; Allison Regan, MD; Eli Brown, MD

Edited by: Michael C. Bond, MD; Jay Khadpe, MD

This Resident Journal Review focuses on the new oral anticoagulants and their use for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism (VTE), and acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Vitamin K antagonists such as

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

On the Horizon: Shock - Administered Uninterrupted Chest Compressions

Originally Published: Modern Resident, Dec/Jan 2013

Original Author: Meaghan Mercer, DO University of Nevada Las Vegas

Submitted by: Rachel Engle, DO; Joe Lex, MD MAAEM FAAEM, Temple University Hospital
It is important to revisit and challenge dogma in medicine. When you think of defibrillation you hear the word "CLEAR" and know your primary job in that one instant is to make sure that none of the medical professionals participating in that code situation are at risk of receiving a life threatening shock. However, with the advent of gel adhesive pads is it still dangerous?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Spotlight on Leaders in Emergency Medicine: Antoine Kazzi, MD FAAEM

Originally Published: Common Sense, January/February 2013
Original Author: Ali Farzad, MD
AAEM/RSA Publications Committee Chair
Linda J. Kesselring, MS ELS, Copyeditor

A. Antoine Kazzi, MD FAAEM
 Many of our readers may be familiar with Dr. Antoine Kazzi, recognizing him as a past president of AAEM and a dynamic leader who has spent many years representing our specialty in a variety of capacities. Born and raised in Lebanon, Dr. Kazzi was trained and board certified in emergency medicine in the United States. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his leadership and scholarly pursuits. As an advocate for our specialty, he has focused on policy creation, reimbursement and practice issues, and international emergency medicine. Dr. Kazzi has been recognized by our Academy with a number of national awards, including the David K. Wagner and the International EM Leadership Awards for his contributions to the  specialty of emergency medicine.