Inconceivable!

Inconceivable: Rule Out

Chapter 10 – “Rule Out” Welcome to the tenth installment of “Inconceivable: medical terms that don’t mean what you think they mean.” You are evaluating a young, healthy woman on OCP who presents to the ED for pleuritic chest pain. Her chest x-ray, EKG, and labs are all normal. You document that her d-dimer was

EM/IM Sessions

Journal Club: Medical Error–The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

Makary, Martin A., and Michael Daniel. “Medical Error Third Leading Cause of Death in the US.” Bmj 353 (2016): I2139. Print. PMID: 27143499 Wheww.  That’s quite the title. 3rd leading cause of death?? Really? Background: The CDC puts together their list of most common causes of death and this determines health policy. Money and awareness is

Well Aware

Well Aware: Taking Worry Home

“Don’t worry.” It’s one of the most common refrains in our house, spoken in my general direction. Because I worry about a lot of things. Many of these worries are low-level, background noise. They’ve been kicked into overdrive with recent life changes, and this has prompted a reflection on the ways in which our jobs

Knowledge Bomb

Knowledge Bomb! Corticosteroids for Allergic Reaction

We continue on with the series with Knowledge Bomb #11. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry.  This knowledge bomb discusses the use of corticosteroids for allergic reaction. Background: Corticosteroids are routinely given for both allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. In theory,

Inconceivable!

Inconceivable: Liver Function Tests

Chapter 9 – “Liver Function Tests” Welcome to the ninth installment of “Inconceivable: medical terms that don’t mean what you think they mean.” You are evaluating a patient presenting to the ED with right upper quadrant pain. Her laboratory testing reveals an elevated AST and ALT and her focused ultrasound shows shadowing gallstones and a

Conference

High Yield for the Field – Cardiology Pearls (2/2): Electrical Storm

Dr. Janae Hohbein  (PGY2) brings us part 2/2 of our cardiology pearls this week, presenting the rare phenomenon of Electrical Storm!   Dr. Janae Hohbein

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High Yield for the Field – Cardiology Pearls (1/2): Pericarditis

Dr. Komal Paladugu brings us part 1/2 of this week’s #HYFTF – Pericarditis