Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 10/8/2017

“It’s a simple solution. You change one thing, and suddenly you’ve changed everything.” – Rebecca Onie When you sit back and look at your work life, what do you want to change? There is likely an endless list. More time to study, see a higher volume of patients, stop making little mistakes, approach colleagues that

EM/IM Sessions

EM/IM Sessions: High-Sensitivity Troponin T

Mokhtari A, Lindahl B, Smith JG, Holzmann MJ, Khoshnood A, Ekelund U. Diagnostic Accuracy of High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T at Presentation Combined With History and ECG for Ruling Out Major Adverse Cardiac Events. Ann Emerg Med. 2016;68(6):649-658.e3.  [paper] Why I chose this article  High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) is a relatively new biomarker assay and

Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 8/19/2017

You’re an extraordinary person. Maybe you’re thinking, “No I’m not. Today I froze when my attending asked me a question and I felt like a fool.” Or, “That’s not true. I fought with my girlfriend last night and feel terrible about it”.  Or, “She doesn’t even know me! How does she know I’m extraordinary?” I

Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 8/14/2017

A recent study showed that, to an extent, people are less stressed when they pay others to do services they don’t want to do. Yet many of those same people, despite the perceived improvement in life satisfaction, don’t always pay for those services. Why? Because they don’t believe that’s what they “should’ be doing. We

Knowledge Bomb

Knowledge Bomb: Antibiotics Versus Surgery for Appendicitis

We continue on with the series with Knowledge Bomb #14. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background The inspiration behind choosing this article came from a case I had in the Emergency Department involving acute uncomplicated appendicitis. The patient was a 30-year-old male