If you work in Emergency Medicine, you know that social and environmental factors greatly impact our patients’ health. This may not be a novel concept, but it is a relatively new field of study. Social Emergency Medicine is a growing branch of EM focused on identifying and studying how social factors affect health. We are especially interested in this topic as many of our episodes explore social issues, such as housing instability, substance use, firearm violence, and human trafficking. In this Heartbeat, we hear from Social EM expert, Dr. Harrison Altar, on what Social EM is all about. You might recognize Dr. Alter from a short segment on our WR SAEM Day 2 Wrap-up episode – now we’re back with his expended interview!
What social factors most impact your patients? How do these issues affect you as a physician or provider? Send us your comments and feedback on social media at @empulsepodcast, or on our website, ucdavisem.com.
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What is it like to be an Emergency Physician in the ED during a mass shooting? Dr. Austin Johnson was a senior resident at the University of Colorado Hospital on the night a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. He shares his firsthand experience as a physician in the ED that night, and discusses the effects of the event on providers, and how the experience has shaped his practice.
Have you been a provider during a mass casualty event? How has the experience affected you? Share your thoughts with us on social media, @empulsepodcast, or online at ucdavisem.com/em-pulse.
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Happy New Year! 2018 was a big year for us, thanks to all of you! Here we are, almost 365 days since publishing our first episode, so let’s take a moment to reflect on our first year. We’re closing in on 30,000 downloads and have listeners in all 50 states, 2 territories, and 94 countries. We’ve been featured by several local news outlets, and one of our favorite EM blogs, lifeinthefastlane.com. And we even won an eHealthcare Leadership award! Wow. We are so grateful to you all for listening, subscribing, supporting, rating, reviewing, and sharing!
In this episode, Sarah and Julia recall some of their moments – see below for links to the episodes mentioned. We look forward to bringing you many more great episodes in 2019!
What were your favorite moments? Did a particular episode resonate with you? Let us know on social media, @empulsepodcast, or at ucdavisem.com.
Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
As Emergency Physicians, we pride ourselves on recognizing and treating life-threatening conditions. But what if we’re missing important diagnoses and we don’t even know it? In this Heartbeat, we explore acute and chronic silicone syndromes, two potentially serious conditions caused by injecting liquid silicone into the body. Dr. Nick Gorton, previously featured on Episode 8: Don’t be a Jerk! and the LGBTQI, MD Heartbeat, joins us again with advice on how to diagnose and manage these conditions that predominantly affect women, especially transgender women.
Are these diagnoses new to you? Have you seen and treated either of these conditions? Let’s continue the conversation on social media @empulsepodcast or at ucdavisem.com.
We all have biases lurking in our unconscious mind. These are our implicit biases, and they affect how we relate to patients and, in turn, how they relate to us. But if these biases are unconscious, how do we identify them? And is it possible to change them? We share our own experiences with implicit bias, and we hear Dr. Rupa Marya’s story that went viral on social media. Then we dive a little deeper with researcher and pediatric emergency medicine physician, Dr. Tiffani Johnson.
Want to check your own biases? Take an implicit association test (IAT) through Project Implicit. Let us know what you found and let’s continue the discussion on social media, @empulsepodcast. If you’d like to keep your results more private, send us a comment on our website, ucdavisem.com.
Dr. R Nick Gorton and Dr. Kara Toles are back to talk about transgender care in the Emergency Department. Did you know you already have the skills to advocate for and care for transgender patients? You do! Let’s sum it up in four words: DON’T BE A JERK! Treat your patients like you’d want your family member to be treated. We’ll explore some of the challenges and concerns specific to transgender patients — JM Jaffe shares a very personal account of their experience. Drs. Gorton and Toles then review Nick’s recent paper on the topic and give us some practical tips to help us gracefully navigate the complexities of the gender spectrum in the ED.
How does your department (or residency, med school, etc.) address the topic of transgender care? Join the conversation on social media, @empulsepodcast, or at ucdavisem.com.
Happy Pride, everyone! June is coming to an end and we’ve enjoyed celebrating all the diverse and beautiful people in our communities. In the spirit of Pride month, this Heartbeat explores what it’s like to be an LGBTQI physician. For those unaware, LGBTQI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), and intersex. Many people also add an A for asexual, or allies. Dr. Kara Toles and Dr. Nick Gorton graciously share their stories with us, as well as their advice for future doctors who may identify with any of the letters in the acronym. Dr. Gorton and Dr. Toles will also be joining us in an upcoming full episode that we are really excited about. Stay tuned!
Do you identify as LGBTQIA? We’d love to hear your story. Please send us your thoughts or experiences through our website, ucdavisem.com, or on social media, @empulsepodcast. We look forward to hearing from you!
In this Heartbeat we get a fresh perspective on how you can identify and help victims of human trafficking on your next shift and we revisit a few principles learned in episode #2 – Sold for a Chrysler 300. Join the conversation on Social Media @empulsepodcast or at ucdavisem.com
Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis.
Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, she is the Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking. She is an expert in helping survivors of human trafficking.
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In light of this, we have a very special episode for you. Annika Huff (formerly Annika Mack), a trafficking survivor, speaks with us about her experiences in the life, how she got out, and what she is doing now. Then, Dr. Bryn Mumma takes us through her research on how we can better identify potential victims in the ED. Dr. Rachel Robitz shares some advice on how to approach these patients, create a safe space, and offer support and resources, and our own Dr. Julia Magaña discusses how she manages this in pediatric patients.