Category: The philosophy of EM

Pain and Suffering in the ED – the talk and the inside story

The Talk The Audio The Inside Story It was in July 2013 when I first received an email from Chris Nickson at SMACC headquarters asking if I was going to SMACC Gold and would I

Five Minutes from Car Park Five

If the general public were asked what subject causes the most “reply all” email traffic for hospital consultants I am sure they would come up with an admirable list: healing the sick; pleading for better

Am I intimidating? Sarah Payne guest blogs at St.Emlyn’s

I had some surprising (and if I’m telling the truth, a bit upsetting) feedback recently. During their end of attachment debrief one of our F2s said that they found me ‘intimidating’. I’ve had isolated comments

101 Personal Experiments in Emergency Medicine Education

Check out our experimental page here. I would not dream of suggesting that I know much about philosophy and medicine. Rick Body and Michelle Johnston would no doubt be able to wipe the floor with

Do you walk past? St.Emlyn’s

Growing up in an age where the England cricket team was routinely beaten by opponents Down Under I have always had a grudging respect for the Australian people. Their attitude to work, and play, seemed

Feeling in the gut or thinking in the brain..?

No more than a couple of days go by without someone around me using the phrase “gut feeling”, not just in a healthcare context but in all aspects of life. Sensing something, without the information

Leadership pearls from Stephen Covey part 1: Be proactive

There are some books you read that change your life. In this new series at St. Emlyn’s I’m going to tell you about one that changed mine – and I think there’s a good chance

Ethical Dilemmas in Emergency Medicine part 3: Is Primum non nocere timeless or ridiculous?

If you haven’t been following this series, you can also find part 1 and part 2 on the blog. Part 3: Primum, non nocere When I was a green young House Officer working stupidly long

Who’s That Girl? Impostor Syndrome at #SMACCGold

I want to let you into a secret. I’m an impostor.   OK, that’s not quite true. I’m a 34-year-old (shock!) Emergency Medicine trainee with a penchant for karaoke and a passion for education, but

Marginal gains, Matt Parker, F1 and the ED. St.Emlyn’s

Are you looking for the next big thing in resuscitation? Are you seeking the next miracle drug, technique, algorithm that will save your patient? Of course you are. You are reading the St.Emlyn’s blog, or

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