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Ketamine for Severe Ethanol Withdrawal: A New Hope?

Ethanol withdrawal is a complex disease state. Two of the main players are GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) and glutamate (an excitatory transmitter that can act on NMDA receptors). Simplistically, chronic ethanol use leads to a down-regulation of GABA receptors and an up-regulation in glutaminergic receptors, such as NMDA. When ethanol is abruptly discontinued, we are [...]

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How Competitive was Emergency Medicine in the 2018 Match? The answer might surprise you.

The National Residency Matching Program® (NRMP) recently published its annual Results and Data for the 2018 Main Residency Match®. How competitive was emergency medicine (EM)? Spoiler alert: not much changed! But to understand the full picture, we need to dive into the numbers, which look a lot different from last year. Below is a summary of [...]

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Perfusion degree is culmination of long journey for Ralph Abalo

Story by Kalani Simpson, UNMC Public Relations, May 4, 2018 Ralph Abalo, who will graduate Saturday with a master of perfusion science degree from the College of Allied Health Professions, has a story of how he got here. It began on May 22, 2004. He knows the exact date, because that is when he first came to the United States. “It’s a blessing not given... Continue Reading

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Confronting Stress Before and After High Acuity Shifts: A Discussion with Performance Psychologist Dr. Jason Brooks

It’s almost the end of your sixth shift in a row. You are trying to finish up notes when you hear an overhead page. You find yourself in the middle of a pediatric code that has a poor outcome and you have 5 minutes to spend with the family before being pulled into another patient’s [...]

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Great showing at the 87th annual NSRT Conference

submitted by Tanya Custer, MS, RT(R)(T) It was a busy weekend for MITS students and faculty at the 87th Annual Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technology Conference in Grand Island, NE. Tanya Custer, Lisa Bartenhagen, Tammy Webster, Mike Dutt, Greg Mehrer and Kim Michael attended, along with various students in radiography (RT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). Presentations Lisa Bartenhagen served as... Continue Reading

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PEM Pearls: Red Flags for Child Abuse – Case 1

Child abuse is a common cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality. In 2015, over 650,000 children were found to be victims of maltreatment and over 1,500 child deaths occurred due to child abuse or neglect in the United States.1 Children under 1 year of age are at the highest risk of abuse with potential for [...]

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ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Spider Bite

A patient presents to the ED for management of a spider bite. Which of the following statements is correct regarding a bite from the spider pictured? Laboratory studies can be helpful in management and predicting outcome. Antibiotics are recommended. The venom is cytotoxic and can cause red blood cell hemolysis. The venom is more potent [...]

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Podcast Follow-up: Interview with Dr. Debbie Yi Madhok, Co-Author of “Update on the ED Management of Intracranial Hemorrhage”

Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is associated with significant disability and mortality. Although evidence-based guidelines exist, many hospitals have their own institutional practice patterns, which can make it difficult to care for these patients in the ED. Dr. Debbie Yi Madhok, an emergency physician and neurointensivist, sat down with Dr. Derek Monette, the ALiEM Deputy Editor in Chief, [...]

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Herbal Induced Delirium: The Toxicologist Mindset

The Toxicologist Mindset series features real-life cases from the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System. Case: A previously healthy 49-year-old woman presented to the emergency department (ED) with acute onset of confusion. Family members noticed her to have unsteady gait and she complained of blurry vision and difficulty urinating. She denied the [...]

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The 2018-19 Chief Resident Incubator enrollment opens TODAY

We are incredibly proud and excited to announce the launch of the 2018-19 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator. Emergency medicine (EM) Chief Residents have recently been selected across North America to help shape and lead EM residency programs. The "CRincubator" will be enrolling its fourth class, building quickly on lessons learned and ongoing feedback from the [...]

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Corrine Hanson, Ph.D. named Outstanding Mentor of Junior Faculty

Corrine Hanson, Ph.D., associate professor, medical nutrition education, College of Allied Health Professions, will receive the Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Junior Faculty Award at the annual Faculty Senate Awards ceremony, at 4 p.m., April 24 in the Durham Research Center Auditorium. Name: Corrine Hanson, Ph.D. Title: Associate professor, medical nutrition education, College of Allied Health Professions Joined UNMC: 2011 Hometown: Schuyler, Neb. With how many... Continue Reading

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Thayers’ gift is a perfect match

This story by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations, appeared in UNMC Today on April 06, 2018. The Thayer family — an anchor in health care in the Grand Island area for many years — recently made a $500,000 donation to the College of Allied Health Professions to endow scholarships for allied health students. But then something even more amazing happened. That $500,000 became $1 million.... Continue Reading

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Collaboration turns into Recognition

A new collaboration between Pat Hageman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Michael Yoerger, MA, and Liz Wellsandt, PT, PhD, examined 30-month weight loss and weight maintenance outcomes of women with obesity and physician-diagnosed arthritis. Their findings showed that women who have weight losses of ≥ 5% of baseline body weight had clinically relevant improvements in blood pressure, HDL, and self-reported physical function. This team was selected as... Continue Reading

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Linsey Donner honored with 2018 Shirley Nobel Award

Linsey Donner, assistant professor and microbiology coordinator in the Medical Laboratory Science program, received the 2018 Shirley Noble Award at the 2018 Nebraska Laboratory Spring Meeting. This award recognizes an American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science-Nebraska member who actively promotes the laboratory profession. The member acts as a positive role model and mentor to members of the society and laboratory students as did its namesake,... Continue Reading

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Perfusion student awarded first place scholarship for presentation

Clinical perfusion student Halle Swann garnered first place for the 2018 Ken Farmer Memorial Scholarship at the Sanibel Symposium perfusion meeting in Fort Myers, FL on April 7, 2018. Swann presented a unique case experience from Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha entitled “Dual Arterial Cannulation for Aortic Arch Repair in an Infant- Avoiding Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest.”

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10 Tips to Improve Patient Satisfaction in the Emergency Department

Exceptional communication is essential when providing care to patients in the ED. This is especially true given that we don’t have a preexisting relationship with our patients. They have never seen us before, have little or no information about us, and didn’t choose us. They are typically anxious, uncomfortable, and would probably rather be somewhere [...]

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PEM Pearls: Red Flags for Child Abuse – Case 1

Child abuse is a common cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality. In 2015, over 650,000 children were found to be victims of maltreatment and over 1,500 child deaths occurred due to child abuse or neglect in the United States.1 Children under 1 year of age are at the highest risk of abuse with potential for [...]

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A Can’t Miss ED Diagnosis: Euglycemic DKA

A middle-aged man with a history of diabetes and hypertension presents with nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath. His laboratory testing is remarkable for a leukocytosis, ketonemia, and an anion gap acidosis (pH of 7.13). The EM resident caring for this patient is surprised to find that the blood glucose is 121 mg/dL. Which home [...]

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Resilience in EM Despite Litigation: An Interview with Dr. Gita Pensa

You have just signed out from one of the best shifts in your career. You feel like you were born to do this! You’re a great EM doctor! Then, you spot him, a man in a dark suit making eye contact as you walk through the lobby towards the exit. He stops and asks, “Are [...]

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2018 Annual CAHP Awards Ceremony and Forum

The annual College of Allied Health Professions Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 1:05 p.m. to 2:00 p.m in MSC 3002. Joseph Anderson, MD, professor of radiology, will be honored for Excellence in Teaching. Recipients of this award hold a faculty appointment in the CAHP and demonstrate outstanding skills in directing learning, advising students, and facilitating effective interaction between faculty... Continue Reading

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Kim Marlatt to retire after 25 years

After 25 years of faithful service to UNMC’s Division of Physical Therapy Education, Kimberly J. Marlatt, PT, is retiring her position as part-time Clinical Coordinator. Kim is a 1984 graduate of the UNMC physical therapy program. Her work experience has been in the rural setting, practicing in small hospitals and nursing homes from 1984-1991. She currently owns a private practice in Gordon, Nebraska. As Clinical... Continue Reading

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3rd Annual Emergency Medicine Wellness Week | March 11-17, 2018

In 2016, Emergency Medicine led the national charge to promote physical, mental, and emotional health of physicians. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) promoted the first EM Wellness Week, with the goal of reminding EPs and colleagues to take time to care for themselves. This initiative continues to expand and impact EPs across the [...]

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SplintER Series: Complications & Discharge Care Plans | Splint Principles 103

The SplintER Series is back with its third installment! In this series, we review splinting fundamentals, introduce advanced concepts, and highlight ways to implement these into your next shift. In SplintER 102, we reviewed the materials used in splinting and a general approach to applying a splint. Today’s post puts the spotlight on some of [...]

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Nuts and Bolts of Competency-Based Medical Education: Interviews with Drs. Sherbino, Cooney, Chan, and Hamstra

Are you confused about competency-based medical education (CBME)? Look no further! The Faculty Incubator conducted 2 Google Hangouts with 4 experts on the subject: Dr. Stanley Hamstra, the ACGME Vice-President of Milestones Research and Evaluation, and Drs. Teresa Chan, Robert Cooney, and Jonathan Sherbino. We summarized some of the key points from this robust discussion, which is available [...]

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Candygram Valentines benefit Ronald McDonald House

In February, the CAHP Employee Wellness Committee encouraged everyone to “spread love and gratitude” with a thank-you candygram on Valentine’s Day. Recipients received a carnation, small bag of candy, and a thank-you from the sender, but the event was also a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. The committee delivered 50 candygrams in Kearney and 118 in Omaha, and they donated $388 to the Ronald... Continue Reading

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Tower Trek Triumph

What has 40 floors (870 steps) and shoots 633 feet into the Omaha sky? It’s the First National Bank building, and the home of the annual Trek Up the Tower event, which supports WELLCOM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to worksite wellness. Saturday, February 17, 2018, marked another triumph for our CAHP 14-person tower trekking team. “I’m so pleased we had so many members of the... Continue Reading

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PT represents at 49th Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum

On February 17, 2018, representatives from the UNMC Division of Physical Therapy Education attended the 49th Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum at Creighton University. PT1 student Chun Feng, PT faculty member Joseph Siu, PhD, and post-doctoral research associate JC Chien, PhD, participated, along with students slated to begin the DPT program in August. Those four, currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program through the Medical... Continue Reading

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MA Ray retiring after 41 years

M.A. Ray has been at the front desk helping physical therapy (PT) students and faculty since 1996, but her career at UNMC has spanned 41 years. M.A.’s first four years were in Family Medicine. She moved on to the Chancellor’s office for 13 years, supporting successive vice chancellors James Griesen, PhD, and William Berndt, PhD, then left the university for a year to work with... Continue Reading

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ALiEM AIR Series: Environmental Module

Welcome to the Environmental Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index, the ALiEM AIR Team is proud to present the highest quality online content related to environmental emergencies. 3 blog posts within the past 12 months (as of December 2017) met our standard of online excellence [...]

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Discovering How We Learn: A Conversation with Dr. Geoff Norman

We’re taking a look back at the first ever Faculty Incubator Talk with Experts. This Google Hangout session with the legendary Dr. Geoff Norman is an incredible treasure that has been unearthed from the Faculty Incubator Vault! You may be asking yourself, “what does a PhD in nuclear physics know about medical education?” The answer [...]

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