An EM Trainee’s Learning Points from ESICM LIVES 2016


I had the opportunity to attend the European Society of Intensive Care Society (ESICM) annual conference in Milan this month. It was an interesting conference with expert speakers from all over the world of critical care. The conference spanned three days, and all talks were only 15 minutes followed by 2 questions. This post is a summary […]

EMJ Blog – How Junior Doctors Think: A Guide for Reflective Practice


A very interesting paper has been published in the EMJ recently (June 2016), qualitatively exploring the subject of metacognition in UK-based junior doctors. It’s a must-read. I’ve blogged about it. I’d love to hear reader’s thoughts via the comments section (either on here or the EMJ blog site). The original paper: Clinical reasoning of junior doctors in […]

Case 6: The Chest Pain Patient With Stripes


The Patient You are on a busy evening shift in resus. An 88 year-old man is brought in by ambulance with chest pain. The nursing staff have recorded initial observations, obtained IV access and got an ECG whilst you referred your last patient to the medical on-call team. The paramedics have handed over to a nurse […]

EMJ blog – ECG Marksmanship: Posterior Wellen’s Syndrome


You can check out my latest piece for the EMJ blog by clicking here. I take a look at a very interesting EMJ paper published online recently: Driver BE, Shroff GR, Smith S. Posterior reperfusion T-waves: Wellens’ syndrome of the posterior wall. Emerg Med J. 2016 Jul 29. Tellingly, one of the authors is Dr. Smith, author […]

EMJ Blog – Should More Emergency Physicians be ‘Piloting British Airways’? – The Musings of a Trainee


I’ve written a second piece for the Emergency Medicine Journal Blog which I’m very excited about. The post tackles a fairly controversial issue in the UK – the role of EM doctors in emergency airway management. The ‘ED-RSI’ landscape over here is very different to Australia and the US, and my hope is that the piece will stimulate some positive […]

Revision Tips for the MRCEM A/FRCEM Primary

MRCEM Part A-2

I recently battled my way through the final ever MRCEM Part A exam. The exam has since had a facelift and is now called the ‘FRCEM Primary’. The format of the exam is changing from a true-false format to a single best answer MCQ. For more information on the new exam, check out the ‘FRCEM Primary Information […]