Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

As I try to get things in order for the coming year, something that I'd love to do is post to this more often. Obviously, this would not be difficult to do given my 3 posts over the past several months! :)

We at the Hooker House are geared up for Christmas and we're having great fun getting to spend time with our family. It's always nice to see those family members and friends that you haven't gotten to see in awhile.

As we head to the New Year, several resolutions are being formed. I will not be so foolish as to post them here for public perusal, but will keep them to myself and thus privatize any forthcoming failures!

Our best wishes to you and yours and may God Bless You All!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

TelEmergency

This two weeks, I'm on TelEmergency. You can click on the link to visit the official website. Bascially, we have video and audio hookups to 10 small ERs around the state that are staffed by specially-trained Nurse Practitioners that see patients and consult us as needed. We can interview and actually "see" the patient and they can see us. The cameras are controlled by us remotely. We can view the patient's Xrays over computer and the labs and EKGs are faxed.

It is really good exposure to diverse patient populations and also gets us additional pediatric experience.

Also while on TelEmergency, we field all of the EMS medical control calls for the Central EMS District. This reinforces our prehospital involvement and exposure.

I'm back in the ED starting next week for a couple of weeks before I start my research month.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Electronic Tracking Board

Pure Evil has come to live among us. This seeming wonderful piece of technology (and you know I love technology) has come in the guise of something helpful, but is much more of a hinderance at this point.

Change. As EM physicians, we are supposed to be able to adapt & overcome. Most of the time we can. Just don't ask us to put away our colored erasable markers quite yet. We're not ready.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Emergency Medicine. The unknown. What comes through the door next may require you to barely fire up your neurons or it may require more knowledge than you've had to use in quite a while. That's what I love about it.

I'm a EM-2, PGY-3 in the Emergency Medicine program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. We are the only Level 1 trauma center in the state and we also have the only medical school in the state. We get a lot of sick people from both the medical and the trauma side of the spectrum. It's a great way to get a very broad knowledge base that will enable you to handle whatever comes your way.

I hope that posting my thoughts and experiences here will give you a bit of insight into what it's like to live an EM Life.