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EM Educational Videos at Rahul's EM Blog

My WPW & AF whiteboard session has gone around the globe, and I was contacted by a Canadian Emergency Physician, Rahul, who saw the video and very nicely gave me a link to his site, and it appears he’s been making similar videos for a while! They’re great summaries, with the same “tutorial feel” to them, with Rahul talking and drawing on a digital whiteboard simultaneously.  I reckon they’re pretty good, and worth a look, so check them out at Rahul’ EM Blog.


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Inaugural EDExam Whiteboard Session: WPW & AF

I found that I was explaining this concept (AF & WPW) to Registrars quite frequently, and drawing the diagrams of the heart/accessory pathways on scraps of paper that I’d then throw in the bin, and recently thought “I should just record this on video and put it on youtube so I don’t have to keep drawing this out every time!” Around the same time I stumbled across the Khan Academy, started by Salman Khan who was using these types of videos to teach his nephews in a different city maths.  So Ive come up with the EDExam Whiteboard sessions, as a way to provide tutotials for people who may not get on the floor teaching, or need tricky concepts in Emergency Medicine visually and verbally explained. 

Check out our first EDExam whiteboard session over on our youtube channel.  It took me a while to get the technology sussed, but I think it works pretty well (for a first go).  Any comments/suggestions/feedback welcome, and hopefully I’ll get some more of these up soon.



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The Emergency Medicine Manual – online version now available

The good folks over at Venom Publishing have put some serious work into the famous (& ever expanding) Emergency Medicine Manual (the “Dunn” textbook, by Bob Dunn et al), and have managed to create a searchable, linked-up online version.

Check it out here.

You can search by the index of topics, or a built in search engine, image galleries, links to journal pages and more. There’s some fairly strict terms & conditions which may limit its utility, however it’s great to see one of the better Emergency Medicine textbooks take a step into the digital age.  Hopefully others will follow suit.

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The free Emergency Medicine Wiki: WikEM

The depth of free Emergency Medicine educational resources is astounding and this site adds a whole new level of sophistication.  Essentially it’s a free wiki, but only has content related to Emergency Medicine.  It will no doubt grow and become an online “textbook” of sorts, although it is compiled from people’s notes, and as such has lots of abbreviations in the notes, and American units for test results, which may limit its usefulness. 

Regardless its a great database of information that you may want to check out if you’re looking up a specific topic while preparing for the exam.


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ACEM Online learning materials – free access for ACEM members

For those who aren’t aware, ACEM has started a new course, the Emergency Medicine Certificate, which starts this year, and will soon have the more advanced Diploma course.  You may as well get to know about it now as there are already about 70-odd people enrolled, so you’ll most likely meet someone doing the course sooner rather than later.  These courses have received separate funding from the official ACEM training program, and provide those who don’t want to commit to a full specialty course the chance to upskill in Emergency Medicine.  The good news for ACEM trainees and FACEMs is that the online course content is acessible for free.  It consists of various modules, with audio/visual presentations and videos going through all of the main “core” Emergency topics.

Below you’ll find step by step instructions on how to access the content (ACEM members only), and we’d strongly encourage new trainees (pre-first part), junior and senior Registrars, and interested FACEMs to take the time to have a look at this resoource, as nothing like it exists for ACEM trainees, and it’s a valuable source of College endorsed, up to date, practical Emergency Medicine information and knowledge in an easy to digest format.

Below you will see screenshots of how to access the course content: click on the photos to enlarge, and follow the arrows/instructions:

1) Go to www.acem.org.au & click on the “E-learning” tab


2) Click on “Login”


3) Enter your username & password


4) Click on “Courses



5) Click on EMC learning materials link


6) And you’re in!! Browse through the content, and click on any topic that interests you.
NB: Some of the topics appear in “popup” windows, so if you click on a topic and it doesn’t open, make sure you have popups enabled


7) Here’s a few snapshots of some of the content:

Audio-visual presentations (in a slideshow format, with narration)



Snapshots of the video content




Now a cynic would say “why don’t they have this content made for trainees?”, and we can all think of colourful answers, but the fact is you can acess this stuff fairly easily, so I’d encourage all ACEM trainees to have a look through.  Most FACEMs I know who’ve had a look through all admit to having learned something from browsing through the EMC content, so there’s something there for everyone, and this resource will be sure to expand as time goes by.


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Emergency Medicine Tutorials

Can’t believe we hadn’t stumbled across this amazing site until now!  EMT is a great online resource, with a collapsable menu down the left hand side that is the equivalent of a textbook index.  Hidden away in these directories you will find oodles of information, most of it’s in nice succinct summary format, there’s journal articles to download, loads of references, as well as free mp3’s of a lot of the content, and a podcast you can access via iTunes, and it’s all written from the Aus/NZ/ACEM-Exam perspective.

As they clearly state on the welcome page, “you won’t find everything you need to know” on the site, but it’s still a bloody good resource for those preparing for the exam.

There’s also some really good practical tips for those starting out in ED, and some great “self care” tips for those Registrars slogging it out day to day in busy ED’s, some of which you can apply to your study routine, 

Here’s an example of a simply written, but really useful tidbit of information from the site: Dental Anaesthesia.


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