We’re not Bats

This month’s Heartbeat is about something most of never get enough of: SLEEP. Dr. Katren Tyler, emergency physician and Vice Chair of Wellness for the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine, shares some important information about sleep and shift work. Katren recently spoke on this topic at the UC Davis EM Winter Conference in Lake Tahoe. She explains how our sleep patterns change throughout our lives, and how shift work affects our health and our ability to do our job as physicians. She also offers some suggestions for how we can minimize the negative effects of shift work at both the personal and health system levels. 

How do you manage sleep and shift work? We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us on social media, @empulsepodcast, or on our website, ucdavisem.com

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Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Katren Tyler, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Wellness and Outreach in the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine


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Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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