Date: March 23rd, 2017

Guest Skeptic: Dr. Manrique Umaña: Specialist in Emergency Medicine (ME), working as an assistant at San Juan de Dios Hospital and Hospital Cima, in San José, Costa Rica. He is the current National Coordinator and Professor of the Postgraduate Emergency Medicine (University of Costa Rica). He is also Professor of the Chair of Internal Medicine (UCIMED), member of the Costa Rican Association of Emergency Physicians (ASOCOME) and International member of ACEP and IFEM. Additionally, he is very active in the use of social networks (@umanamd) and writes in a Spanish ME blog called ViamedEM.

This is an SGEM Xtra in support of the 7th Inter American Emergency Medicine Conference (IAEMC) being held in San Jose, Costa Rica May 22nd to 26th, 2017. My FOAMed friend Manrique reached out to me and asked if I would do something to support this conference.  My answer was…of course, people let’s do a podcast?

Manrique and I met at an ACEP Scientific Assembly a few years ago where he gave me some wonderful Costa Rican coffee. We then did a podcast together (SGEM #107: Can’t Touch This – Hands on Defibrillation) that we recorded in Costa Rica at an Emergency Medicine and Acute Care conference.

Manrique and his colleagues are also part of the SGEMGlobal Team translating the SGEM into Spanish. The goal of SGEMGlobal is to cut the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year in multiple languages.

Here are the Top Five Reasons to Attend #IAEMC17:

  1. Big Names in the Emergency Medicine are Speaking
  2. Amazing Keynote Speakers
  3. Great pre-conference Workshops
  4. Network with Emergency Medicine People from the Whole Continent
  5. Pura Vida Life in Costa Rica

There is still time to register and we hope to see many of our FOAMed friends in Costa Rica this May.

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.