TAPNA Tox Meeting – Newcastle

For those wanting to brush up on their toxicology, the Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia annual scientific meeting is being held in Newcastle from April 30th-May 3rd in Newcastle.  Some topics include the ECG in poisoning, and snake envenomation, which are both perennial exam favourites! Click here to go to the TAPNA website and download […]

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Need a change of scene? How about working in a flying ED?

Minh Le Cong (from the Prehospitalmed blog) has done a great post about a recruitment drive for the far north-west Queensland (Mt Isa) Royal Flying Doctor Service. They are looking for doctors for casual and permanent part-time positions.  If you’ve ever wanted a taste of the retrieval-life, with only one (and occasionally two or three) […]

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EDExam now on EM:RAP

Everyone knows EM:RAP, and Mel Herbert, the expat Aussie Emergency Physician who moved to Los Angeles and started the most famous medical podcast, in the world, several years ago. Well I was lucky enough to meet Mel recently at the ACEM conference in Adelaide, and he invited Amit Maini and I to host the new […]

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The science of productivity

Shout out to Chris Nickson (from LITFL and iTeachEM) for tweeting about this.  From a great site called brainpickings.org here’s a fantastic little video about productivity.  If you’re struggling with the study load of the ACEM Fellowship exam, or  finding yourself getting distracted by social media, or you just don’t feel like you’re getting the […]

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ACEM Fellowship Exam: Out with the old, in with the new

Most of the EDExam readers who are contemplating sitting the ACEM Fellowship exam in the next year or two will already be aware of the upcoming changes to the exam, and will likely have already made a decision about when to sit.  But for those who are tossing the coin about whether to sit in […]

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ETM Course brochure now available

The Emergency Trauma Management Course brochure is now available for download. Please feel free to download it, and either email it to your registrar and consultant group in your ED, or print it out and pop it up on your ED noticeboard. The November course has just booked out, December is filling fast, and we’ve […]

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PICU Doctor: For dual ED/ICU trainees – an excellent new site and app

For those doing ICU as well as ED training, there’s an amazing free website and free iphone/android app for all of your high-end paediatric cardiology ICU needs. PICU Doctor is a great free resource, the website is categorised by topic with a very slick, fast interface and lots of good links so you can navigate […]

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ETM Course bookings now open!

They said it would never happen. They were wrong. The wait is over. It’s here. The ETM Course is live, and BOOKINGS ARE OPEN! After 18 months of solid work, we are very excited to announce the launch of the first ever Emergency Trauma Management Course dates. When? The first two courses will be held […]

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EDExam Podcast Back on iTunes!

Well I thought it was gone. After the new site was launched earlier this year, the links to the podcast stopped working, and all of my episodes disappeared from iTunes. I tried valiantly to re-launch it and save the old link (and nearly 100 subscribers to the podcast feed), but alas it was impossible. The […]

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This Is Water. A philosphical break to remind you what you are really studying for.

Many of you will have heard of David Foster Wallace, and his commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College in 2005, entitled “This is Water”.  It is truly one of the most thought provoking, moving audio recording’s I’ve ever had the good fortune to listen to.  I won’t go on too much about […]

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New Site – Improving ED Care

The guys across the pond at Auckland ED have put up a new site which is aesthetically quite simple, but contains a real treasure trove of information that ACEM Fellowship (multiple resources for all sections of the exam – too many to list!) and Primary (subject fact sheets and loads of MCQ’s) exam candidates will […]

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Emergency Trauma Management Podcast Episode 4 – Kenji Inaba

In this episode I interview Kenji Inaba, US Trauma Surgeon and EM:RAP  star at the SWAN Trauma Conference at Liverpool Hospital about his article on penetrating neck injury, and he explains a really simple algorithm to decide who needs no investigation, who needs a CT, and who needs to go straight to the operating theatre,  […]

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EDExam Podcast Episode 6 – Michelle Philander

The last of my interviews from the ACEM 2012 Conference in Hobart (this should be called the SR – slow release – version of the podcast!), and a special interview with Michelle, a FACEM who did not succeed at her first attempt at the exam.  She shares some very personal insights into coping with failure, […]

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IMPORTANT: ACEM Training program update – 2015 and beyond

ACEM has released an update regarding the transition arrangements for the new Fellowship training program.  If you are a mid-level or advanced ACEM trainee, make sure you read this page on the ACEM website as soon as possible, as it details very important changes to the requirements for advanced training, detailed information on workplace based […]

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The Cap Has Been Scrapped (for now)!

The federal government (in a likely pre-election stunt) has decided to defer the proposed $2000 cap on self-education expense tax deductions for 12 months.  Regardless of the reason, this is a victory for common sense, and is pro-education, so I’m very happy about it. As an ACEM trainee, your annual self-education expenses are well above […]

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