Prick with a Needle

Suman Biswas - Prick with a needle

Musical genius Suman Biswas (@amateursuman) gave one of the most popular talks at SMACCDUB: A Prick with a Needle. The Anaesthetist from London, probably more famous for his satirical songwriting career, gives a poignant talk about communication. Punctuated with some classic songs and delivered with his stand-up comic timing and panache, this is what SMACC is all about: an important […]

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The FemInEM Story

Kass - The FemInEM Story

We accept that knowledge translation is critical to the practice of emergency medicine, yet when it comes to the practice of BEING an emergency physician, we do not always practice evidence based medicine. Once we realized that the experiences of many female emergency physicians were similar but not shared, we felt the need to create an open access resource to […]

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How Medical Students Can Choreograph Their Own Education

Viggers - How Medical Students Can Choreograph Their Own Education

More than a hundred years ago Osler moved medical education to the bedside. Somehow today, most medical education still takes place in the lecture hall far away from patients. Medical education is often thought of as a top to bottom process where experienced professors and clinicians provide information and feedback to novice learners, with the goal of increasing knowledge and […]

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Playing the Long Game: Commitment, marginal gains and self-compassion

Evans - Playing the Long Game: Commitment, marginal gains and self-compassion

Caring for the critically unwell is an important and difficult task. So preparing our people to meet this challenge should be all about excellence. Too often, the structures and pressures that define medical training focus on competence rather than excellence. Competence is measurable. It can logged, assessed, and can be applied to across big organisations. But aspiring only to competence […]

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Going Wild: Lessons from Wilderness Medicine

Hofmeyr - Going Wild: Lessons from Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness and expedition medicine is the epitome of practical, pragmatic, minimalist and thoughtful care. Austere and extreme environments require special knowledge, critical thinking, innovative practice and sometimes cunning improvisation. Diagnosis in the wilderness relies heavily on clinical examination skills, monitoring and special investigations are very limited, and treatment options are determined by the breadth and depth of the individual practitioner’s […]

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