All posts by Lindsay Peters

PEM Fellowship Webinars- Part I and II

For anyone interested in a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, the ACEP Pediatric Section and AAP held 2 webinars where Program Directors were available to answer questions. You can listen to the webinars here.

4/29/2021 PEM Webinar (Part 1) The Application Process: https://vimeo.com/575924880

7/15/2021 PEM Webinar (Part 2) The Interview Process: https://acep.zoom.us/rec/share/dCWhCHwZhHIR0UUaW4ge_YT4PTXaIMz__doxXbQ-ERlHFSlHUCKBkM8O2djsMl3i.gsWhKsBjJWQa0fKm Passcode: k%6YgR?s

Firearm-Related Injuries Are the #1 Cause of Death in Children and Young Adults: Guidance on Shifting From Primarily Reacting to Preventing Firearm Injuries

Kiesha Fraser Doh, MD

It is a hot summer evening, and you are called overhead for a trauma stat or Level 1, or whatever the terminology is in your institution for penetrating torso gunshot wounds, and you think not again? This is my second one tonight! When the flight team arrives, they relay the history of one child unloading their dad’s gun and shooting the patient, their sibling. You reflect on the previous trauma alert earlier this evening where parents found a teenager with a gunshot wound to his head. These scenarios are increasingly common and entirely preventable. read more

Common Tick-borne Illnesses

Amanda Bogie, MD

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

  • Caused by infection with bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii from the tick bite
  • Symptoms include the following: Fever, headache, myalgia, conjunctivitis vomiting, seizures, myocarditis, heart failure, shock, periorbital /facial edema, toxic appearing rash on the ankles and wrists (petechial then truncal), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), purpura fulminans, thrombocytopenia, hyponatremia, elevated aminotransferases.
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    Pediatric Mental Health

    John Misdary, MD, FACEP

    FCEP Pediatric EM Committee Co-Chair

    Pediatric psychiatric holds have been the norm for years in the emergency department (ED) with a shortage of pediatric beds nationwide. Unfortunately, the problem has only grown worse during the pandemic. With schools closed, routines disrupted, and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, children are shouldering burdens that many were unequipped to bear. With the number of hospitalized coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  patients, bed space is even scarcer for these patients.  Most states are seeing upwards of a 400% increase in pediatric psychiatric holds.  Kids’ mental health-related visits have climbed steadily since the start of the pandemic, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. This has created a crisis of its own in pediatrics. read more

    Active Learning: Tips to Improve Learner Engagement

    Cheryl Yang, MD

    With the transition to more virtual learning over the past year, capturing learners’ attention can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. What are some tips and strategies to improve learner engagement?

     

    Active learning is an instructional method that engages students in the learning process. Active learning is superior to traditional lectures as it improves knowledge retention1, facilitates deeper understanding2, and encourages self-directed learning3.

    Active learning strategies range from simple techniques that require minimal preparation to complex techniques that require more extensive preparation. Most techniques can be adapted for virtual learning (Tables 1-3). read more