Category Archives: Education

The practice of Pediatric Emergency Medicine requires us to stay up to date with a immense amount of information. This column can help us relearn many of those items that seemed to slip out of our brains.

Medical Training & Physician Wellness: No More Drowning

Recent studies have shed light on a concerning trend among physicians in-training:   un-wellness.  This is manifest in increased burnout, depression and suicide rates seen among those undergoing medical training when compared to other professions. This crisis becomes cyclic when physicians with low baseline levels of wellness are unable to give optimal patient care, which in turn detrimentally influences their poor levels of wellness.  Historically physician wellness has not been a focus of medical training.  New endeavors are hampered by inadequate structure, funding and resources. read more

Teaching vs Clinical Productivity: A Zero Sum Gain?

Michael Greenwald, MD  FACEP, FAAP
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

It’s déjà vu all over again.  Each winter we (or at least some of us) seem genuinely shocked at how busy it’s become in the ED.  We get to enjoy a brief respite over the winter holidays and then the surge returns until that last RSV prion fades in the spring.  And just as we find ourselves in “battle mode” for the onslaught of febrile children with their insidious runny noses and ever present coughs, our affection for teaching trainees seems to wane. read more

A Model for Every Occasion

Michael Greenwald, MD  FACEP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine

Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

A new academic year is upon us and that means brand new students and interns who rotate through the emergency department with a variety of backgrounds, skills, comfort and interests.  To some this may cause a flare-up of acid reflux; but I love this time of year.  The new learners are eager and optimistic and each new face represents a puzzle.  What kind of learner do I have? Moreover – what approach should I take when trying to make the most out of each patient encounter. read more

Find your Coach’s Cap

Michael Greenwald, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Physicians wear many hats. At times we are teachers and other times psychotherapists. We are asked to diagnose and also to counsel. With experience each of us learns when to switch hats. But there is one important role that we sometimes fail to recognize and embrace: the role of “coach.”

Coaching is very similar to teaching but there are important differences. read more

Children’s National Health System Fellows Blog

Author:  Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FAAP

The fellows at Children’s National Health System have developed an open source academic blogsite, which includes various areas of interest to fellows and attending PEM providers.  A weekly “Hot Seat” case, which enjoys tremendous popularity, evidence-based articles with large impact on PEM practice, and a one-of-a-kind ECG training module are just some of the resources that can be found there.

The blogsite was the original creation of Sonny Tat, MD, a former fellow at Children’s National and a current PEM faculty at UCSF.  Sonny is also the site administrator for PEMNetwork. read more