Fresno Trip

I’m off to Fresno tomorrow, to give a chat about EPIC (our EMR), Scribes and how we see patients with all three in my ED. I’m talking to the residency that mistakenly kept me long enough to graduate, and it’ll be interesting to see their new ED (which I was told would be ready for my last residency year, joke’s on me), and the faculty that remains.

I have been given an hour and a half. I can easily talk all day about seeing patients with EPIC, an hour on scribes and hours and hours about our cascading acuity shift system, so it’s been fun writing a talk to hit the major points without going over. I think I’ve hit the right balance, but time will literally tell.

I’m still debating renting a car vs. the hotel shuttle and a couple of taxi rides. I like the freedom of having my own wheels, but as I’m there for right at 27 hours (many of which will be spent sleeping) it seems kind of a waste. Still debating.

Couldn’t be a better time to be flying, right? This week I will not gripe about everyone going through the TSA’s enhanced interrogation.

(I wonder if any of the Fresno EM residents twitter, that would be interesting…)

Blog Birthday Numbering Nine

Yes.

Nine years of intermittent ranting. occasional linkage, and near certain inanity.
Thanks for coming, and the corresponding page views.

I like all 11 of you readers, and always will.

XY SCRUBS | Mens Scrubs – XY SCRUBS

XY SCRUBS | Mens Scrubs – XY SCRUBS.

 

A new scrub shop, started by a former Army Flight Surgeon (now a Surgery Resident).

Don’t know much more than that, but check it out.

Wisconsin licensing panel investigating fake doctors’ notes during anti-Walker protests | Philip Klein | Beltway Confidential | San Francisco Examiner

Wisconsin’s physician licensing panel is investigating eight physicians who have been accused of writing phony doctors’ notes excusing anti-Scott Walker protesters from work while attending rallies at the state capital in February.

via Wisconsin licensing panel investigating fake doctors’ notes during anti-Walker protests | Philip Klein | Beltway Confidential | San Francisco Examiner.

Good.

Word to the Wise, one of a series

If you’re alleging assault, don’t get loud with the Officer there to take a report. Especially if you have Felony warrants.

Politics mustn’t silence end-of-life talks – USATODAY.com

I ask my patients this question, though not as often as I’d like. Talking about death may be uncomfortable, but it’s a conversation that needs to happen more often.

via Politics mustn’t silence end-of-life talks – USATODAY.com.

Kevin, MD continues his juggernaut to own the Social Media world.  Nice work.

ER Doctor Writes Book

Got an email from Dr. Mary Engrav, an EM Physician who’s written a book called “Stories from the ED (Volume 1). It’s available on Amazon now.

I haven’t read it, but seems like if you’re interested in ER stories, $12 is a good price point.

The plate I’d make

 

Texas, ah luv u

Yep.

I Love this time of year

All the trees turn green, and the grass makes its move from hibernation to hassle.

Yea, spring!

Wish comes true for cancer-stricken 10-year-old inducted into Army – Yahoo! News

Most kids might hope to get an Xbox or an iPod Touch for their 10th birthday. Brennan Daigle got a reception from a formation of soldiers, a ride in a camouflaged National Guard Humvee–and induction as an honorary member of the Army.

via Wish comes true for cancer-stricken 10-year-old inducted into Army – Yahoo! News.

via Ace.

Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies – CNN.com

Washington (CNN) — Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.

Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.

via Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies – CNN.com.

Farewell.  And, thanks.

St. Baldrick’s – Participant – ShadowFax

St. Baldrick’s – Participant – ShadowFax, MD.

So, Shadowfax, of Movin’ Meat fame, is having his head shaved (again) to raise money for childrens’ cancer research. Yeah, he’s a squishy lib and subject to bouts of poli-hackery, but he’s a decent guy and nearly as good a blogger as I. (Heh).

It’s a good cause by a good guy, so please consider getting over to his site and giving a couple of bucks.

 

2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo: Meet the Winners!

The winner of the Best Medical Weblog of 2010 is Scott Weingart’s EMCrit blog. This is the golden age for emergency medicine blogs and Scott, an Emergency Department Intensivist from New York City, writes of interesting issues for other clinicians in the field. EMCrit blog also features popular podcasts where Scott discusses procedures, checklists, and other practically useful knowledge for others rescuing people in the ER. We’d like to congratulate Scott on winning the most coveted award in the medical blogosphere.

via 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo: Meet the Winners!.

Go to MedGadget and meet all the winners, each truly deserving.

Kudos again to MedGadget for hosting this yearly! I was originally scheduled to judge, but life intervened, and was forced to back out, adding to the MedGadget burden. While you’re there, maybe drop them a line and say thanks for hosting?

Polls Are Open in The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo

The polls are now open in the Seventh Annual Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo!

The 2010 Medical Blog Awards

Voting will close 23:59:59 on Sunday, February 13, 2011 (EST).

via Polls Are Open in The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo.

Many thanks to MedGadget for continuing this yearly award.  They don’t get rich doing it, but they keep on anyway.

There are a lot of terrific blogs in there, please go vote early and often, the Chicago way.

Bill Lohmann: Last U.S. WWI vet approaches 110 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Frank Woodruff Buckles, America’s last living veteran from World War I, celebrated his 110th birthday at his West Virginia farm on Tuesday, reading hundreds of birthday cards from around the world.

via Bill Lohmann: Last U.S. WWI vet approaches 110 | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Thanks for your service, Mr. Buckles. May you live as long as you wish.

via In From The Cold, where I agree with the first commenter.  That, via Ace.