Where to start?
There are LOTS of amazing resources for your Emergency Medicine term. We’ve tried to pick out the student-relevant bits. There is another entire website devoted to medical students in the ED. It’s called CDEM, was formed in 2008, and became the first Academy of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). CDEM is comprised of medical student educators who are committed to enhancing medical student education within EM. Check it out, it’s totally awesome.
Want to impress your supervisors?
How to do case presentations on the ward. You will have to. There is also a great post of presenting cases for med students here, including short videos. Read this for some background on oral presentations as a medical student.
Chest X-ray basics before you get asked. FlippedEMClassroom also has a little list of favourite resources they recommend for EM student for skills training.
Another good radiology site to check out before you get thrown an X-ray for an on the spot interpretation.
For when you get asked to help out in the plaster room. Also if you want to splint like a pro, watch these videos.
Be prepared if you are asked to help with airway. You need to learn how to effectively bag-valve-mask (BVM) ventilate as soon as you can.
ECGs– you will get given them. You WILL have to say SOMETHING. Learn the basics, and practice looking at them.
For an extensive list of videos on procedures in the ED- from exciting high level to basic procedures you will observe (and perhaps even get a chance to assist with). Here is another great site for videos and info sheets on procedures.
Anna Bargren and team have created 5 minute emergency medicine videos, on common EM topics.
Emergencypedia has a page devoted to links for medical students on emergency and critical care topics. It’s comprehensive.
Chalk Talks by boringEM.com aims to cover topics for medical students prior to their clinical exposure, in short < 5 minute videos, so we can prepare and get the most out of our rotations.
The Reeldx team have a fantastic site dedicated to short (real) video cases in their Portland ED, showcasing many common presentations, and some less common ones. This is a great adjunct to our sometimes short exposures to the ED.
Podcasts can be useful for auditory learners, and if you need to travel long distances for placements. We have compiled a collection of podcasts links on another page of this website, but for those more emergency focused:
LITFL Emergency Podcasts list is extensive. Skeptics Guide to EM also has a podcast list available, which you’ll need to register to the site for, but no biggy.
EMBasics is absolutely worth a long visit, as is Emergency Medicine Cases, relevant to students.
Academic Life in Emergency Medicine’s editor Michelle Lin has generously created and made available her Paucis Verbis Cards which can be downloaded as smartphone flash cards, and there is an evernote integration function here with is priceless if you’re already an evernote convert. They are ED-focused, but relevant across many disciplines.
For the pointy end of emergency, check out Trauma Education: The Next Generation (TE :TNG), for short snappy, content-rich videos and blogs.