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SGEM Xtra: Don’t Give Up – The Power of Kindness with Brian Goldman

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Featured, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 0 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM Xtra Kindness with Brian Goldman Date: May 26th, 2018 This is a SGEM Xtra book review. I had the honour of meeting and interviewing Dr. Brian Goldman at the Canadian Association of Emergency Physician (CAEP) annual scientific assembly in Calgary. Dr. Goldman is an Emergency Medicine physician who works at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto. He is the host of CBC radio show White Coat Black Art and the author of the bestselling books The Night Shift and the Secret language of Doctors. Dr. Goldman has a fantastic new book called The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is essential in Everyday life. Listen to the podcast on iTunes to hear Brian answers questions about kindness: Define kindness, what is difference between kindness and empathy and what is synchrony? What is one of your favourite stories from the book about kindness?...

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SGEM#218: Excited Delirium Syndrome

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Featured, Neurologic, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 0 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM218 Date: May 12th, 2018 Reference: Gonin P et al. Excited Delirium: A Systematic Review. AEM May 2018. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Chris Bond is an emergency physician and clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary. He is currently the host of CAEP Casts, which highlights educational innovations from emergency medicine residency programs across Canada. Chris also has his own #FOAMed blog called Standing on the Corner Minding My Own Business (SOCMOB). Case: A 24-year-old male is brought into the emergency department by police. He was running around wearing a Batman suit, jumping on cars and screaming he is Batman. He is brought to the emergency department extremely agitated and despite being held down by two police and three security guards he is still trying to bite the staff. You cannot obtain any vital signs and this patient is a danger to himself and...

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SGEM#217: The Batman Effect on Improving Perseverance

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in Featured, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 0 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM217 Date: March 6th, 2018 Reference: White et al. The “Batman Effect”: Improving Perseverance in Young Children. Child Development December 2016. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Casey Parker is a rural Generalist working in Broome, Australia. He has particular interests in Emergency Care, Aboriginal Health, Paediatrics, Trauma and Women’s Anaesthesia. Casey has this great blog and podcast called Broome Docs. Casey and I made a #Batdoc video at SMACCdub. Case: It is flu season and there is an endless stream of patients with sniffles, snot and sneezes!  The waiting room is moaning with mildly unwell men; all with ‘the worst cold ever!”  The residents are working double shifts in order to cover their fallen comrades. They are doing their best to avoid prescribing antibiotics whilst avoiding being coughed upon and writing endless, uninspiring discharge letters to the primary care docs.  It is a...

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SGEM#178: Mindfulness – It’s not Better to Burnout than it is to Rust

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Featured, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 8 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM178 Date: May 12th, 2017 Reference: Ireland et al. A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness to reduce stress and burnout among intern medical practitioners. Medical Teacher 2017. Guest Skeptic: Dr. Diane Birnbaumer is a Senior Clinical Faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. She is also an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Case: A resident comes to you looking for advice. He is having trouble feeling tired, short-tempered and it is affecting his work interactions and personal sense of satisfaction with his job. You suspect he is suffering from early burnout. Background: Burnout is certainly a hot topic, and mindfulness has hit the front pages of the New York Times and Time Magazine, putting it front and center in the public eye. Burnout was a term coined by Herbert Freudenberger in 1974 (1). There are...

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SGEM Special: O Captain! My Captain

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Featured, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 2 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM O Captain Date:  August 18th, 2014  As many of you know actor and comedian Robin Williams died last week. I am having difficulties processing the loss. There are feelings of anger, sadness and disbelief. It is weird; a person I have only known through movies has had a profound effect on me. Robin Williams made a huge impact on my desire to teach, the way I teach and the goal to inspire independent critical/skeptical thinking students. It must be affecting others in the EM community too. A SGEM listener emailed asking if there would be an episode dedicated to Robin Williams. I was not sure if it would be respectful or appropriate. As always, when I am not sure of things I check with people I hold in high regard. So I contacted Rob Rogers (I Teach...

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SGEM#59: Can I Get A Witness (Family Members Present During CPR)

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Cardiac, Featured, Podcasts, Psychiatric | 3 comments

Podcast Link: SGEM59 Date:  January 12, 2014 Guest Skeptic: Darin Abbey is a clinical nurse educator for the emergency department in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Case Scenario: You are working in a busy ED when a young new paramedic crew brings in a post cardiac arrest that they are resuscitating. They tell you that the patient collapsed at home during a family event and that a family member immediately started CPR while the rest of the family bore witnesses.  The family is now en route to the ED and the paramedics are concerned that they did the wrong thing by allowing the family to watch. Questions: Does offering a relative the choice of observing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) reduce the likelihood of PTSD-related symptoms? Does family presence during CPR affect medical efforts at resuscitation, or well-being of the health care team? Does family presence change the occurrence of...

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