Thursday, December 20, 2018

Interview Trailblazing: Resources for Residency Applicants

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Author: Jessica Fujimoto MD
Emergency Medicine Chief Resident
Temple University Hospital AAEM/RSA Vice President

Ah, peak residency interview season. You’re getting tired from all of your travels. You’ve forgotten the components of the PERC rule, but can rattle off your hobbies and interests like nobody’s business. Oh yeah, and your suit is starting to get a bit snug from all the free food and drinks.

Ok fine, maybe that last part was just me...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Phones in Medicine

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Author: MohammedMoiz Qureshi, MD
AAEM/RSA President 2018-2019
Originally Published: November/December Common Sense

List your most intimate relationship. Most of us will list a spouse, parent, sibling, relative, or friend. Most of us however will also forget our most intimate — our beloved phones.

They keep us company when we eat, they’re the last things we see before sleep, and they’re the first things we reach for when we’re stressed. And according to some data, we check them, on average, over 60 times a day. For us in medicine, they serve as a great resource. They allow us to look up new cancer drugs we’ve never heard of, remind ourselves of rates when we forget how to start tube feeds, and of course they serve as the clock we check counting the hours till relief checks in.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Residency Match – In Hindsight

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Author: Jake Toy, DO
Modern Resident Blog Editor-in-Chief 
Publications & Social Media Committee Chair

The February 2019 rank residency list deadline is fast approaching. For some, the process of ranking their chosen emergency medicine programs in order of preference was straightforward. For others, including myself, the process of picking a program that balanced superb training and happiness was stress inducing and anxiety provoking to say the least.

As I ranked my programs, I reached out for advice from faculty advisors, peers, and family, only to discover an endless sea of competing thoughts and ideas. Upon searching in the depths of internet blogs, this only further cast a large shadow of doubt and bias on my own rank list. With each person I spoke with and article I read, I found myself left with more questions than answers. At one point, a TV commercial advertising a hospital I was considering as a “World-Class Research Institution & Top Ranked Hospital” threatened to disrupt an initial draft of my program rank list altogether.