Lessons From South Africa

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I recently completed a 3-month postgraduate EM elective in Cape Town, South Africa. I arranged the elective through Stellenbosch University, and worked in 2 hospitals – New Somerset Hospital in the Cape Town city centre, and Khayelitsha District Hospital in the nearby township. I hunted down the experience in order to sample a new flavour […]

Pondering Paeds: Burn, Baby, Burn (Part 1)

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Author: Katie Knight (@PEMGeek) I recently went on the excellent Emergency Management of the Severe Burn (EMSB) course, run by the British Burn Association. I can’t recommend this highly enough – it is a really enjoyable one day course which gives you a good introduction into the management of the severely burned patient. Small scalds […]

Jake: Week 1


Jacob Lentz attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is in his first year at UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Class of 2019. Prior to medical school, Jake worked as a comedy writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show for 8 and a half years. Here at Pondering EM, Jake blogs about his journey through […]