altDr. Wayne Barry had a heart attack this year and was forced to leave the practice of emergency medicine. A few months later he had retooled his trajectory and was enjoying life more than he ever could have imagined.

altA series about the cold, hard numbers behind some of our most common ED practices
Does it help to use prophylactic antibiotics during management of gastrointestinal bleeding in cirrhotic patients? 

altThere is still a marked disparity between the number of women in emergency medicine and the percentage of female leaders. This is damaging both to female physicians and to the specialty as a whole.

altLast month, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the proverbial ribbon on a plan aimed at combatting opioid prescription drug abuse in the big apple. The guidelines, which will be rolled out in all 11 of the City’s public hospitals, state that the emergency departments will not prescribe long-acting opioid painkillers; can only prescribe up to a three-day supply of opioids

When people learn I work in the emergency department they usually ask, “How do you do it?” Or they say, “Wow, I bet you see a lot of crazy things.” My answer aloud: “It’s never dull.” My answer in my head: “You have no idea.”

Last month EPM published an article that expounded on the benefits of Twitter in the realm of medical education. In this new, ongoing series, we’ll explore pearls of medical wisdom that have come through the Twitterverse, in the hopes of fleshing out this under-utilized tool.

altAs part of a new series on the maturing of the emergency physician career, EPM’s Fitzgerald Alcindor sat down with EP-turned-administrator Barry Rosenthal, chairman of EM at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York.

Suppose you get stopped in the hallway outside the ED by a colleague who “has a friend” who went to Las Vegas and, about a week later, developed genital ulcers. He wants your advice regarding what to tell his “friend” to do. What do you tell them?

altIn part one of a series, emergency medicine elder statesmen Ricardo Martinez and Lynn Massingale sit down for a discussion on the changing role of hospitals and the future of Accountable Care Organizations.

altA 52-year-old man with a history of alcoholism was found unresponsive by his family during a family picnic at the park. The patient was found to be obtunded and required nasal intubation by paramedics on the scene. The patient’s family provided the pods pictured and stated that the family was snacking on the seeds.

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