Sunday, May 31, 2020
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So You’ve Been Hit by a Stray Dart, What to Do Next

It happens all the time.  You're hanging out at a bar or friend's house playing a game of darts, when - BAM!! - a dart hits you in the neck.  The adrenaline rush and...
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Avoiding Sexual Harassment Charges on the Job

With the arrest of a prominent emergency medicine physician in Manhattan for the alleged sexual abuse of patients in his care, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of professional standards in this...

Fancy Medical Terms and What They Really Mean

Nurses and doctors use fancy words to communicate and sound smart before patients, families and each other. Having spent most of his adult life in the hospital, Livin La Vida Locum, M.D. shares the...
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Physical Exam Tips: The Nervous System

The physical exam of the brain and nervous system can be broken down into two parts: the lumbar puncture and everything else. Lumbar Puncture The lumbar puncture (LP) or spinal tap (11) is extremely helpful for...
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The Difference Between RICE & Rice

Today, we distinguish between another two often-confused entities: RICE and rice. RICE is an acronym that stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.  RICE is often used to treat musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and...

Physical Exam Tips: The Lungs

Examining one lung is hard enough, but two of them??!!  TWO??!!  UGHHHHH!!  This is so much work!  If you only have the stamina to examine one lung, definitely choose wisely. Or if you have...

Physical Exam Tips: The Abdomen

Two things are needed for a spectacular abdominal exam: luck and an abdomen.  The following review focuses on different aspects of the abdominal exam, after which you should be more confident than ever to...
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New Year’s Tips for an Unfulfilling, Short & Unhealthy Life

The New Year is upon us so what better way to set ourselves up for disappointment than with New Year’s Resolutions.  As you lay on the couch exhausted from a holiday’s worth of hard...
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How to Write a Resignation Letter & Burn As Many Bridges As Possible

With burnout at a record high and no signs of improvement in sight, there will be an increasing need for letters of resignation.  But how does one go about writing a letter of resignation?...
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Physical Exam Tips: The Heart

In this series, we review the physical exam, the intermediate step in a patient evaluation that ultimately leads to imaging.  There are so many means by which to evaluate a patient, the best of...