We are a group of 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
EM Attending Physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His main interests include resident/faculty education & development, EM decision making / mindset, ED critical care, patient advocacy, and entrepreneurship.
Manpreet Singh, MD (@MprizzleER) – Editor-in-Chief – Informatics & Design / Co-Founder
Associate 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) – Editor-in-Chief – Clinical Content
Current staff physician and associate professor of emergency medicine at an academic emergency department in San Antonio, TX. His current interests include medical education, FOAMed, evidence-based medicine, and international emergency medicine. Outside of medicine he enjoys family time with his wife and two daughters, running, reading fiction, and movies.
Marina Boushra, MD – Co-Editor-in-Chief – Clinical Content
Marina Boushra was born in Cairo, Egypt and has since followed her wanderlust (for better or worse) all over the world. She is now an emergency medicine physician at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC, where she was fortunate to originally complete her residency, and will be transitioning to critical care fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic this year. Her medical interests include ED-ICU transitions, obstetric and toxicologic emergencies, medical education, and microbiology. Outside the ED, she enjoys being overly competitive at board and card games, writing prose, and binging TV shows with her husband and their alarmingly growing number of cats (to which she is, of course, hideously allergic).
Stephen Alerhand, MD (@SAlerhand) – Associate Editor – Ultrasound Probe
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Devoted believer in ultrasound technology for its use in clinical decision-making for critically-ill patients, potential for innovation in medical education curricular design, and portability to low-resource settings.
Jessica Pelletier, DO – Editor and Podcast Co-Host
An Emergency Medicine Education Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Her interests include high-risk, low-occurrence diseases and procedures; simulation/small-group education; podcasting; global emergency medicine; and the use of osteopathic manipulation in the emergency department. She plans to pursue a career in residency leadership with a focus on resident education. Her personal interests include rock climbing, hiking, yoga, travel, and making kombucha.
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.
Anthony DeVivo, DO – Editor for The Cutting Edge: Evidence Based Procedure Reviews
Anthony is a chief resident in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-West in NYC. He will be beginning his critical care fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in July 2019, during which he hopes to continues his professional interests, including FOAM, resident education, critical care, research in resuscitation and airway management. Outside of the ED and ICU, he enjoys mixed martial arts, rock climbing, Greek mythology, World War II history, and the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Summer Chavez, DO, MPH, MPM (@goodavocado) – Clinical Content Editor
Current Health Policy Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University/Medstar. Completed residency at Virginia Tech/Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. Professional interests include quality measures, health disparities, population health and physician advocacy.
Andy Grock, MD – Clinical Content Editor
After Andy completed medical school at the Keck SOM at USC and an emergency medicine residency at SUNY Downstate/Kings County, he returned to LA County USC for a medical education fellowship. He currently works at the Greater Los Angeles VA and works the UCLA EM Residency as much as he can. He is a passionate educator with a focus on making learning fun and effective as well as focuses his research largely on FOAMed characteristics and curation tools. He loves anything outdoors, good food, good drinks, and parenting his two young children who occasionally throw tantrums.
Skyler Lentz, MD (@skylerlentz) – Clinical Content Editor
Skyler is fellowship trained in Critical Care Medicine and works clinically as an Attending Physician in the MICU and the ED at the University of Vermont Medical Center and in the surrounding community emergency departments. He enjoys being involved in the new EM residency at the University of Vermont. His main interests include critical care education, shock, ventilator management, critical care procedures and medical education. In his free time he enjoys sampling the best Vermont beers, hiking, skiing and spending time with his wife and their black lab.
Edward Lew, MD (@elewMD) – Clinical Content Editor
EM attending physician and clinical assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University. His current academic interests include resident education, social media/FOAMed, bedside teaching, and narrative medicine. Outside of medicine, he enjoys coffee, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and writing.
Tim Montrief, MD, MPH (@EMinMiami) – Clinical Content Editor
Emergency Medicine resident at Jackson Memorial Health System/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Undergrad at the University of Michigan, MD/MPH from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Professional interests include critical care, airway management, US-guided regional anesthesia, and all things medical education. Outside of the department, I enjoy cooking, skydiving, and anything related to the ocean.
Mark Ramzy, DO, EMT-P (@MRamzyDO) – Clinical Content Editor
Having over 18 years of EMS experience, surviving the largest hospital closure in GME history and the COVID outbreak in New York City, Mark has now taken his training to the ICU. A current critical care fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center he plans to continue pursuing his professional interests which include Social Media / FOAMed, Infographics, Critical Appraisal, Double Defibrillation, Presentation Design and revamping medical education. Outside of work, Mark enjoys cooking, baking, traveling and philosophical (and sometimes political) discussions over a nice drink.
Alex Sheng, MD, MHPE (@TheShenger) – Clinical Content Editor
Current associate residency program director at Boston Medical Center. Life-time learner.
His interests include graduate medical education, resident attrition, experiential learning, e-Learning and FOAM. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing tennis, video games, traveling , and exploring new restaurants.
Dazhe (James) Cao, MD (@JamesCaoMD) – Clinical Content Editor
Dazhe (James) Cao, MD is currently an associate professor of emergency medicine and the division chief of medical toxicology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. He graduated from the emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC and then completed a medical toxicology fellowship at Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety in Denver, CO. He has published on a range of topics including laboratory interference, lipid emulsion therapy, marijuana, and toxic alcohols.
Shehni Nadeem, MD (@ShehniNadeem) – Clinical Content Editor
Director of Disaster Training and Simulation, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX and Assistant Professor in EM at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Her current interests include innovation in medicine, medical education, simulation medicine, women’s health, and applied informatics. She enjoys eating new foods, hiking, and traveling.
Michael Yoo, MD – Clinical Content Editor
Emergency medicine attending physician in San Antonio, TX. Before pursuing medicine, he was previously in cyber security. Academic interests include critical care and burn injury resuscitation. Outside of medicine, he enjoys international travel, stock market investing, and hiking.
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