It’s cold and nasty out, the days are short, and you’re sick of just about everything (unless, of course, you’re in the sunny part of the world)… Why not make plans to attend a medical conference this spring? No, it’s not quite like SCUBA diving in Belize or climbing the Kilimanjaro. But, contrary to your fantasy vacation, you might actually find that somebody else is willing to fund this trip for you. Use your CME funds wisely my friends…
I’ve been updating the Conferences Page and am amazed by the large number of meetings happening around the world this spring. Take a look at the list if you’re feeling down. And don’t forget that even if you can’t make it to #Resus14 or #CCME14, no matter where you are you can always participate in the conversation by visiting FOAMFeeds. Did you know that #AAEM14 started today?
For the go-getters, here are a few upcoming deadlines:
- SMACC Gold – There is still time to submit your Pecha Kucha SMACC Talk!
- Submit your proposal for a CCME 2014 Associated Symposium: February 28, 2014
- SAMsterDAM submission deadline: March 4, 2014
- American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 2014 – Call for Proposals: March 6, 2014
- ICRE 2014 submission deadline: March 7, 2014
- TAPNA 2014 submission deadline: March 21, 2014
And some recently added gatherings:
- The Canadian Critical Care Conference, Feb. 25-28
- The All NYC Emergency Medicine Conference (#allNYCem6), March 12
- SAMsterDAM (Spring Conference, Society for Acute Medicine), May 1-2
- North York General Emergency Medicine Update (#EMU2014), May 8-10
- 7th Annual Critical Care Ultrasound Symposium, May 10-11
- The National Conference on Wilderness Medicine, May 28 – June 1
- Emergency Tasmania, August 8-10
As always, if you know of any EM, CC, Ultrasound, Medical Ethics or Medical Education Conferences that should be included, drop me a line!
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Last year I started a page to highlight medical conferences that make an effort to incorporate social media and FOAM into their programming – Conference FOAM. Only two conferences made the list at the time, the inaugural SMACC and the International EM Teaching Course. Nobody else was doing much of anything to activate attendees and to reach those who could not physically attend. At most, if conferences were lucky enough to have some Twitter types in attendance they would end up with a good twitter feed. Things are slowly changing. Organizers are realizing the added value of FOAM and SoMe involvement. This year we can add Resuscitation 2014 and two Canadian conferences – CCME/Ottawa Conference and ICRE – to the list.
Resus14 is stepping up its social media presence by inviting those in attendance to be more active, by hosting moderated Twitter Q&A, and also by providing some materials online for free (full disclosure: I am a member of the social media team for #Resus14). CCME will be hosting a pre-conference “Social Media Bootcamp” with leading speakers from the FOAM world and ICRE is conducting a pre-conference “Social Media in Medical Education Summit.” And once again, amazing content is expected from SMACC and the IEMTC (a spring session was added to IEMTC this year, see their website for more details).
For full details on these conferences visit the Conference FOAM page.
To keep up with all EM, CC, and related conferences, including hashtags, twitter handles, and submission deadlines, check out the continually updated Conferences page.
If you know of any conference affiliated FOAM and social media activities that I’ve missed let me know so I can add them to the list!
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Some impressions from the 2013 NY EM Health Policy Assembly are posted below in Storified form (click on the logo above for the program).
My top takeaways:
- Our practice environment is rapidly changing
- We need to stay on the ball and make sure our views and our patient’s views are represented (this includes making financial contributions to our professional/political bodies)
- Billing is a shady business
- Medicare fraud is STUNNING, but we can do something to fight it
- EP’s must stand up for our rights in the workplace
- New technologies and social networks have fantastic medical possibilities, but at the same time they’re becoming more invasive and allowing insurers (and employers) more access into our private lives.
See what you think…
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The responses were so amazingly useful that they just had be Storified for posterity (read on).
Checklists are hot.
In fact, they’re so hot that Dr. Atul Gawande (in addition to writing extensively about this in the academic and popular press) and colleagues have dedicated an entire website to the concept. They’ve even come up with a Checklist for Checklists (also, see their checklist Implementation Guide).
Check out the Checklist Checklist. Really.
I’m a big believer in standardization and in the use of checklists when stakes are high and time is short. This isn’t a universal principle, of course. Medicine is not one-size-fits-all, and checklist overuse will just result in checklist fatigue. However, in the right setting, they should be used all the time, every time.
To create a practicable checklist, consider the following:
- Design each item to address a specific, actionable, critical safety step
- Make it short and easily understandable
- Utilize natural breaks in work-flow
- Build it in to your process and delegate a team member
- Review, Revise and Refine
Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI) is one situation in Emergency Medicine in which preparation is king and there is zero tolerance for error. In our own small slice of the living medical literature – the FOAMiverse – Dr. Scott Weingart (@EMcrit) and others have been aggressively promoting the use of RSI checklists. If you don’t buy it, listen to this talk by Dr. Minh Le Cong from SMACC 2013 about “Airway Clean Kills“. Intubation offers you many ways to kill your patient. Checklists can help avoid some of them.
The traditional print literature has yet to catch on and so there doesn’t seem to be a specific evidence base for ED RSI checklists (except this Pediatric EM abstract), but it wouldn’t be surprising if the topic starts trending soon. Some discussion already exists in the Anesthesia and Critical Care literature around intubation checklists. The Royal College of Anesthetists even describes an RSI checklist for ED’s and ICU’s in NAP4.
See below for the Storified conversation between Steve Rowe and some other very smart people. After you’ve clicked through the links and looked at all 5 checklists, be sure to review these two sites for a glut of RSI safety:
UPDATE – 12/1/13 – Felipe Urdaneta (@FUrdaneta1) recently sent out his Emergency Airway CL as well. Another great example. See it here.
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Working nights and have to miss conference?
Researching a talk on new approaches to septic shock?
See a link or photo you liked on the #EMconf stream, but can’t find it now?
Want to see what other residencies are saying about the topics you’re covering this week?
To see which programs are already on Twitter visit this Map by Salim Rezaie
The EMconf hashtag was launched several months ago as a way to expand the reach of – and discussions around – academic sessions conducted at Emergency Medicine Training Programs beyond the walls of their respective home institutions. If you’d like more background, or are trying to get buy-in from your faculty, read this Dear Program Director letter by Nikita Joshi, and this Introduction, also from ALiEM.
Please let Salim know if your program is missing from the ALiEM Map. If you’re not sure why you’d even consider incorporating Twitter and FOAM into your training program, use the comments box below. And to everyone who took time to respond to the poll, thank you!
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A Question For You
The #EMconf conversation on Twitter – thanks to contributions from many EM programs across the US and Canada – is evolving into an undulating river of Emergency Medicine knowledge. Ever flowing, it’s all too easy to miss out on great pearls, or to lose a particularly valuable image or link.
Symplur makes it possible to create transcripts for registered hashtag. For example, see what Jason Nomura did with the most recent ACEP conference. This may also be a good way to archive each week’s #EMconf posts, but I am unsure – after discussing with several other EM bloggers – whether archiving would be useful to anybody.
Help a guy out, and take a minute to check out the #EMconf archive for the week of 10/21 – 10/27. It’s a searchable pdf, just hit the link below to download. Then return to answer the 3 question poll.
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