Don’t Forget ABEM’s LLSA 2017 Expiration Date (April 1, 2020) while Submerged in the Coronavirus Pandemic!

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMCompany News, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Personal Education, Product News, Urgent Care

LLSA 2017 is expiring soon!

Don’t forget ABEM’s LLSA 2017 expiration date (April 1, 2020) while submerged in the Coronavirus Pandemic!The 2017 lifelong learning and self-assessment (LLSA) exam will be retired on April 1st, 2020. Amidst the extra demand placed on emergency physicians during the coronavirus pandemic, it is easy to overlook the looming American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) deadline for the 2017 lifelong … Read More

Tips for a Successful Early Clinical Career for Residents, Fellows, and New Board-Certified Clinicians

Paul Griner, MD, MACPClinical Pearls, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical News, Medical Schools, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Programs, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Residency Programs, Urgent Care

tips for a successful early clinical career and starting clinical practice

Tips for a Successful Early Clinical Career for Residents, Fellows, and New Board-Certified CliniciansHow to get off to a good start in your clinical practice. Completion of residency or fellowship training is an important step in one’s early clinical career.  Equally important is getting off to a good start in your chosen branch of medicine once you have completed training. … Read More

Clinical Pearl of the Month – Ticks and Tickborne Diseases

Gerard Kiernan, MD, FAAFP, FHMClinical Pearls, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Medicine, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

tickborne disease clinical pearl of the month from Med-Challenger

Tickborne Disease in a 53-year-old WomanTicks and Tick-borne Disease Clinical Pearls of Wisdom Q&A Case Tickborne diseases in the United States include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, babesiosis, Colorado tick fever, and many others according to the CDC. It is important for physicians to consider these illnesses when patients present with influenza-like symptoms. Early, accurate diagnosis allows … Read More

Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders Board Review Questions: CME Quick Quiz

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Question of the Week, Urgent Care

endocrine disorders and metabolic disorders CME quiz

Endocrine and Metabolic DisordersFree Board Review Questions CME Quiz The endocrine system is responsible for regulating a range of bodily functions through the release of hormones. Hormones are secreted by the glands of the endocrine system, traveling through the bloodstream to various organs and tissues in the body. The hormones then tell these organs and tissues what to do or … Read More

Ischemic Stroke Guideline Changes: Guidelines Knowledge Check

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

ischemic stroke guideline update

This guideline update provides up-to-date comprehensive recommendations for the management and treatment of persons with acute arterial ischemic stroke.Audiences for this ischemic stroke guideline update are: prehospital care providers, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and hospital administrators. This new guideline updates the 2018 acute ischemic guideline and adds several new recommendations. Stay in step with current national guidelines. Subscribe to Med-Challenger … Read More

Bedside Diagnostic Challenge – A 56-year-old, Post-menopausal Woman with Enlarging Abdomen

Paul Griner, MD, MACPBedside Diagnostic Challenge, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

enlarging abdomen ascites

Bedside Diagnostic Challenge – A 56-year-old, post-menopausal woman with enlarging abdomen A 56-year-old, post-menopausal woman presents with the complaint of an enlarging abdomen. She states that she noticed her dresses becoming tighter over the past 2 months. She measured her abdominal girth a few days ago and noted that it was 3 inches larger than her usual size. She has … Read More

Learning Is Not Just Retention – Complex Questions vs Learning Questions: How We Remember and Why Question Types Matter

Med-ChallengerBedside Diagnostic Challenge, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical News, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant

Learning and retention

Learning, the acquisition and retention of the information that helps us navigate the world, is simple as a concept. The actual psychological process of it, however, is intricate and complex. Before talking about how we retain and learn materials, it is important to recognize that retention is just one part of learning, and that other components such as meaning, perception of … Read More

The Big Miss: Cognitive Bias and the Problem of Misdiagnosis

Mark Perdue PA-CBedside Diagnostic Challenge, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical News, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant

cognitive bias and misdiagnosis

The problem of cognitive bias and its important role in misdiagnosis is well documented. The phenomenon of cognitive bias can take several forms and affects the capacity of both new clinicians and seasoned professionals. A consensus is emerging that clinicians need to be aware of cognitive biases and practice educational and clinical strategies to reduce the effects of cognitive bias … Read More

Dysrhythmias Board Review Questions: CME Quick Quiz

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Medicine, Personal Education, Physician Assistant, Question of the Week, Urgent Care

dysrhythmias board review questions CME quick quiz

Dysrhythmias are found in a vast range of conditions and may be defined in a number of ways, including by site of origin (e.g., supraventricular, ventricular, atrial), mechanism of disturbance (e.g., fibrillation, automaticity, reentry or triggered activity), rate of disturbance (e.g., tachycardia, bradycardia) and electrocardiogram appearance (e.g., long QT syndrome). Dysrhythmias may be acute or chronic, and some (especially ventricular … Read More

Clinical Pearl of the Month – Preeclampsia, High Risk Pregnancy, High Blood Pressure

Gerard Kiernan, MD, FAAFP, FHMClinical Pearls, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing RN/PN, Pediatric Medicine, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

preclampsia prevention

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for both you and your baby. If you … Read More