EM Intern Road Map – the first 30 days

Congratulations…you made it!   You’re a “real doctor” now. Everything for which you have worked so hard has finally paid off and your career in Emergency Medicine is officially launching.  Internship is an exciting (and challenging) starting point in that launch sequence.  A smooth and successful internship can set a positive tone for your residency experience and help establish the foundation for a successful and satisfying career.

Now that you are settled into to your new home, figured out where to park at the hospital and know how to get to the restroom (ah, the mundane but crucial details!), here are a few things to keep in mind during your first 30 days of intern year.

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Aortic Dissection – What’s the Party Line?

In this month’s issue of Emergency Physician Monthly Dr. Cedric Lefebvre reviews ACEP Clinical Policy: Aortic Dissection for the evaluation of potential aortic dissection. It has always been difficult to make the diagnosis of aortic dissection as the condition is rare and the presenting symptoms can be quite variable. Dr. Lefebvre does an admirable job of pointing out potential pitfalls in the guidelines and limitations of the current diagnostic options. Check it out!

Pulmonary Contusion and the Hyperimmune Response

Faculty member Dr. Lane Smith’s comments on his paper that was published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, titled, “SIRT1 mediates a primed response to immune challenge after traumatic lung injury:”

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