(Blogpost from Usha Periyanayagam in Cambodia)
Stanford is working with the HIP team in multiple ways, but my project includes physician improvement or essentially teaching the practicing physicians. Aside from informal bedside teaching, I am scheduled to give a few basic lectures to doctors and nurses on chest pain and use of a defibrillator. The lectures are simple and emphasize the few basic things that we are taught in an EM residency. For example, one of my points is ACS can presents as multiple different things, ie epigastric pain or anxiety, and we should not assume that a patient is having a panic attack until we rule out something more dangerous. Seems simple, but they are basic assumptions that we are expressly taught to overcome when we are taught the framework of emergency medicine.
(Check back this weekend for more!)