Bedside Diagnostic Challenge – A 54-year-old woman with attacks of pain, burning, and redness on hands and feet

Paul Griner, MD, MACPBedside Diagnostic Challenge, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner

diagnostic case - woman with pain, burning and redness on hands and feet

Test your bedside diagnostic skills with this free clinical case question. A 54-year-old woman presents with attacks of pain, burning, and redness of her hands and feet. Attacks appear suddenly, last for a half-hour to an hour and are quite disabling. They occur every 2-3 days, are not related to activity, and have been occurring for about two weeks. Interestingly, … Read More

Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disorders: Board Review Questions

Jennifer Williams, MDEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Question of the Week, Urgent Care

hypertension, cardiovascular disorders quiz

Almost half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure, but many are not aware of this fact. Test your knowledge of hypertension diagnosis and treatment with these board review questions, courtesy of Med-Challenger online medical education. Hypertension Case: A 65-year-old man with a history of hypertension presents to you complaining of intermittently occurring chest palpitations associated with some lightheadedness … Read More

Migraine Headache: Guidelines Knowledge Check

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Nurse Practitioner

migraine headache guidelines

Let’s look at the current management of migraine headache guidelines. The 2017/2019 ACEP Guidance on Headaches addresses emergency department management of migraine (2017 expert summary) and severe headaches (2019 guideline). What is recommended regarding imaging patients who present with acute migraines that are different from their “usual” migraines? Stay in step with current national guidelines with Med-Challenger Guideline Knowledge Checks. … Read More

Nurse Practitioner Practice: New Trends of the NP Practice and NP Programs

Robert V Anderson, Med-Challenger CEOCompany News, Group Education, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Programs

The nurse practitioner then and now - recent growth and future trends in NP practice and NP education

Nurse practitioner practice is one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare practice and healthcare education.  From BSN to NP to DNP, the number of graduated nurse practitioners is still outpaced by demand and NP programs are adopting new solutions to meeting demand – or they must turn away qualified candidates every year.  In this article, we’ll look at the … Read More

Orthopedic Injuries: Free Board Review Questions

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Question of the Week, Urgent Care

orthopedic injuries board review

Orthopedic injuries affecting bones and joints can be caused by degenerative conditions such as arthritis or sudden trauma from a fall or collision.  Dislocations, sprains, strains, fractures, ligament damage etc, all carry their own set of treatment challenges and potential complications. From the musculoskeletal point of view, the major complications of traumatic orthopedic injuries in are acute respiratory distress syndrome … Read More

Stroke During Pregnancy: Guidelines Knowledge Check

Gerard Kiernan, MD, FAAFP, FHMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Nurse Practitioner

Stroke During Pregnancy Clinical Guideline Knowledge Check

Let’s look at the current stroke during pregnancy guidelines. The 2018 AHA Ischemic Stroke Guidelines have replaced the familiar list of “relative contraindications to IV alteplase” with “additional recommendations for IV alteplase.”  So, what is recommended for treating ischemic stroke during pregnancy – one of the previous relative contraindications to fibrinolysis? Stay in step with current national guidelines with Med-Challenger … Read More

Pediatric Immunodeficiency: Free Board Review Questions

Gerard Kiernan, MD, FAAFP, FHMPediatric EM Question of the Week, Pediatric Medicine Question of the Week, Question of the Week

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Pediatric immunodeficiency disorders are thought to affect one in 2,000 children younger than 18 years.  In the United States, the most common types of pediatric immunodeficiency disease (primary immunodeficiency disease in children) are antibody disorders, followed by combined B-cell and T-cell disorders, phagocytic defects, and complement disorders. Antibody, combined B-cell and T-cell, phagocytic, and complement disorders are the most common … Read More

Heel Pain: Clinical Pearls Blog

Gerard Kiernan, MD, FAAFP, FHMClinical Pearls

Heel pain pearl of wisdom cover

Heel pain is defined as physical discomfort on the back or the underside of the heel that may make walking uncomfortable or difficult. Heel pain can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include poorly fitting shoes, wearing high heeled shoes, prolonged period on feet, overuse such as long walks or marathons, sprains, strains, or trauma. Try this … Read More

Cognitive Computing Applications for Medical Education Programs

Med-ChallengerCompany News, Group Education, Medical Schools, Nursing Programs, Residency Programs

Cognitive computing applications in healthcare and medical education blog

The term cognitive computing is typically used to describe artificial intelligence (AI) systems that aim to simulate human thought.  Human cognition involves real-time analysis of environment, context and intent, among many other variables that inform a person’s ability to solve problems. Cognitive computing differs slightly in application and purpose from that of AI. Where AI’s purpose is to provide an … Read More