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Emergency Medicine FAQ

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by RxnMan, Aug 21, 2010.

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    Disclaimer: This FAQ is a work in progress. If you think that there is a subject I've missed, or a thread that should be mentioned, send me your suggestion by clicking here.

    A lot of this FAQ's content is written not only by forum regulars, but also SAEM and ACEP.

    General Information:
    - What is EM all about?
    - History of EM
    - What types of procedures to EM physicians do? 1, 2 and 3
    - Working conditions
    - EM pay: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
    - Independent Contracting in EM
    - EMTALA
    - The Macy report: SAEM summary here
    - Medicine Sucks
    - EM burnout

    Controversial topics in EM
    - Trouble on the EM Horizon, parts 1, 2, 3
    - International Emergency Medicine
    - Is an EM physician a replacable entity?
    - EM or FP + EM fellowship 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    - Negatives of EM as a Speciality
    - Too smart for EM?
    - Wilderness EM
    - Balanced billing

    For Medical Students:
    - Should I go into EM?
    - Resources for students interested in EM by SAEM and ACEP <-Click on these links if nowhere else!
    - Fantasies of EM vs. the Reality: Common Misconceptions of EM Hopefuls
    - EM as a career choice
    - EM Personalities
    - 12 Reasons NOT to go into EM
    - Don't call it ER

    Planning MS4
    - Planning your 4th year, Gus Garmel and SDN: 1, 2, 3
    - Value of taking a year off to do research (in EM)

    Away or Audition Rotations
    - Clerkship catalog by SAEM
    - When to do an away rotation 1, 2
    - Book Recommendations for Student EM Rotators: 2010 CORD EM Clerkship Primer (Free!), PIMP Protector, EM books worth my time and others 1, 2, 3

    What are my chances? -OR- How competitive am I?
    - Competitiveness of EM 1, 2, 3,
    - NRMP Charting Match Outcomes: 2006, 2007, 2009
    - SDN Matchitis Surveys: 2008, 2009 and 2010

    Residency application help
    - CV format questions by SDN and the AAMC
    - EM Residency catalogs by SAEM and FREIDA
    - ERAS by SAEM and...ERAS
    - All about SLORs: 1, 2, 3
    - What's with the Dean's Letter?
    - How complete does my App need to be for me to apply, and when should I send it in? by SAEM
    - Tips for IMGs/FMGs are here

    The Match
    - How the Match Works for YOU! By the NRMP
    - How do I narrow down a list of programs, by Desperado and others
    - The Magic Number
    - Likelihood of Matching to your #1

    The Scramble (but it's going away in 2012)
    - The best advice for the Scramble on SDN
    - Did not match. Now what?

    Generating your ROL -OR- Choosing a residency program
    - Top EM programs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    - How we decided our ROL, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    - There are no bad programs...
    - Should I rank them higher so they rank me higher? and other ROL myths
    - 3 vs 4 year EM residency formats via SAEM and SDN
    - Value of a floor month
    - Residency Reviews
    NOTE: You can send your residency review to docB or RxnMan if you want them to post it anonymously
    - Communication after the interview
    - What to look for
    - Hospitals where the ED dominates
    - Not a lot of hand holding...

    For Residents
    - How to approach patients when you don't know the diagnosis.
    - Inservice Exam Prep 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    - My "So There" file
    - Top 20 "Do Nots"
    - How CMS funds your residency slot, parts 1, 2, 3
    - Book Reccomendations for EM Residents: $300 and 2 books, EM Library, Colorado Compendium
    - Board Preparation: Written Sources, Audiobooks, Sources for Oral Portion of Board Exam
    - Suggestions for electives 1, 2
    - The best scrubs
    - U/S Elective rotations 1,
    - Tox Elective rotations 1,
    - Elective rotations in International EM 1,

    Fellowships
    - Why do a fellowship? 1, 2, 3, 4
    - SAEM Fellowship Listing
    - Toxicology 1, 2
    - Updates on EM/CC board certification: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Research in EM
    - Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
    - Emergency Medicine Foundation
    - General medical student research FAQ
    - EM Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Mount Sinai, University of Pennsylvania, UC Davis, UCSF-Fresno, Hennepin, UCSD, and Highland

    EM Forum Humor
    - Someone explain the joke to me, please?
    - EM Forum Band Names
    - Things I Learn From My Patients
    - The Origin of Fatty McFatty Pants
    - Ways To Tell You've Spent Too Much Time in the ED
    - I Can't Believe I Wrote That
    - All-Star Chief Complaints
    - Top Press-Ganey Comments
    - What can I do to improve my app?
    - Personal statement help
    - EM Haikus
    - Demotivational posters
    - EM hall of fame
    - Pee pee on my scrubs
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