We are a group of seven emergency physicians who want to provide a truly current resource for the rapidly developing field of emergency medicine. We subscribe to the free, open-access medical education initiative, and our goal is to inform the global EM community with timely and high yield content about what providers like YOU are seeing and doing everyday in your local ED.
While it’s admittedly a little campy to describe it this way, we like to the focus of our write-ups to generally fall within one of these three categories (“DOCs”):
- Developments: Reviews of recent literature, as well as recaps of EM conferences make up the majority of our content. This is what FOAMed is all about – high-quality information on the bleeding edge of current knowledge.
- Oddities: Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you find yourself confronted by something completely new (this seems to happen to me every shift). We love unusual presentations of common diseases and the usual presentations of uncommon diseases, and hope to expand our case bank in the near future.
- Controversies: Well-argued stances that may be at odds with current practice. Excellent examples include Myths in DKA Management and Furosemide in the Treatment of Acute Pulmonary Edema.
We believe that bounceback and M&M cases can provide unique lessons for providers of all levels. We plan to begin regularly posting these cases as well, with the hope that mistakes will be less likely to occur if providers are able to openly discuss their experiences with one another. We welcome any additions that you may have.
We frequently post board review pearls in this section, as well as highlights from posted articles. This section is intended to be interactive – ask a question and draw on the knowledge of our community, upvote an answer you find helpful, or add your own answer.
How Do I Submit My Work?
We are actively recruiting both new topics and authors.
This project is rolling and you can submit an idea or write-up at any time! Many of the lectures and presentations that we all regularly give as students, residents, or attendings would be an ideal submission. All levels of training are invited to contribute – just click the contact button above, or email us at email@example.com.
Who We Are
Alex Koyfman, MD (@EMHighAK) – Editor-in-Chief / Co-Founder
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He works as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Parkland Memorial Hospital. His main interests include resident/faculty education & development, EM decision making / mindset, ED critical care, high-risk/low prevalence diseases, clinical mimics, and medical entrepreneurship.
Manpreet Singh, MD (@MprizzleER) – Associate Editor-in-Chief – Informatics / Co-Founder
Assistant Professor in EM at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA, where he completed his residency and Ultrasound / Med-Ed Fellowship trained. His current interests include simulation medicine, medical education, FOAMed, and the vast possibilities with bedside ultrasound.
Brit Long, MD (@long_brit) – Associate Editor-in-Chief – Clinical Content
Current staff physician and assistant professor of emergency medicine at an academic emergency department in San Antonio, TX. His current interests include medical education, FOAMed, critical care, and pediatrics. Outside of medicine he enjoys running, hiking, and way too many movies.
Stephen Alerhand, MD (@SAlerhand) – Associate Editor – Quick-Hit Ultrasound Probe
Instructor of Emergency Medicine and Ultrasound Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Interests include: echocardiography, thoracic US, and regional anesthesia, along with medical education and FOAMus.
Jamie Santistevan, MD (@jamie_rae_EMdoc) – Editor – ECG Pointers
Practicing emergency physician at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque New Mexico. My interests include ECG interpretation, physician wellness, patient safety and quality improvement in emergency medicine. In my free time I like to read in a cool quiet place or get outdoors and bike or hike in the Sandia mountains!
Courtney Cassella, MD (@corablacas) – Editor – Elemental EM
Emergency Medicine resident at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Current interests include ultrasound, medical education, and women’s health.
Cynthia Santos, MD – Editor of Tox-Card Series
Cynthia Santos is a medical toxicologist and emergency medicine physician. She obtained her B.A. from Dartmouth College and majored in Neuroscience. She attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Cynthia completed her emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and completed her medical toxicology fellowship at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control. After fellowship she joined Rutgers University Hospital as Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine and Toxicology. Her academic interests are in global health education and research, public health, emergency preparedness and addiction medicine.
Katelyn Hanson, DO – Editor and Creator of Hanson’s Anatomy
Katy is an EM/IM resident at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. She is originally from New Hampshire, and completed her undergrad at Tulane in New Orleans. She perfected her skills of day-dreaming and doodling while in college, and when she returned to New England for medical school she at first struggled to find the focus and motivation to succeed. She eventually developed her own method of learning, by combining the vibrant influence of New Orleans with her love of drawing and propensity to procrastinate into a unique study method to help her make it through the bleak Maine winters. And with that, Hanson’s Anatomy was born. She’s so excited to be a part of the emDOCs team and for the opportunity to share her (sm)Artwork with anyone who might enjoy it. You can check out more of her work at hansonsanatomy.com.
David Cisewski, MD (@DHCisewski) – Editor of Pain Profiles series
Emergency Medicine resident at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Undergrad from University of Wisconsin, MS in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Professional interests include pain management in the ED, US-guided regional anesthesia, all things ultrasound. Outside of the office I enjoy fly fishing, wooden canoes, and nature in every way, shape, and form.
Erica Marie Simon, DO (@E_M_Simon) – Regular Contributor
Emergency Medicine EMS fellow in San Antonio, TX. Her interests include medical education, FOAMed, and EMS.