Blog post published as book chapter!

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!! My first ever blog post – ‘Case 1: Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolff‘ – has been published as a chapter in a new EM textbook: How to Not Kill Your Patients: An ER Doctor’s Guide to Life after Residency. Here is the blurb from the editor/chief author Dr. Sajid Khan… “When my […]

RCEM Learning Podcast – Deliberate Practice Part 2 (featuring PonderingEM)

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Earlier this month, Part 2 of my interview with Andy Neill (of Emergency Medicine Ireland fame) was released on the RCEM Learning podcast. Embedded below is the interview: The focus of the interview was Peak, by Anders Ericsson and Robert Poole, a book I’ve reviewed here on PonderingEM. Part 1 of the interview was released in their July 2017 podcast. As ever, I’d love to read […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 2: PRACTICE

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In MMTM Part 1, two-step cognitive appraisals were explained. This process dictates whether one enters a challenged or threatened mindset in the event where an immediate performance is required under acute stress. Feeling challenged, of course, is one of the two chief components of a mentally tough individual. “I am 100% committed” “I feel challenged” In this post, we […]

The ‘Deliberate Practice Mindset’

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Performance improvement is an interest of mine. I have previously blogged and podcasted about the strategies I employed to lift my game (from rock-bottom) when working in an extreme environment – a South African township ED. I first became aware of ‘deliberate practice’ after reading an excellent St. Emlyn’s post last year. I had never encountered […]

EMJ Blog – Nuances of Neurogenic Shock

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In my latest EMJ blog, I’ve reviewed an interesting recent paper from Taylor et al that explores some of the finer details of neurogenic shock – a rare, but potentially lethal complication of spinal trauma. Click here for the post. Here is the original paper: Presentation of neurogenic shock within the emergency department. Matthew Pritam Taylor, Paul […]

An EM Trainee’s Learning Points from ESICM LIVES 2016

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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 […]