The top twenty sites you must visit

We are looking for the best and brightest of sites and links for you to try yourself. Below are some of our top choices, in no particular order.

If you know of any site or your own which should be on here please contact us.

ACEM Exam

An Emergency Medicine Network Training Program produced learning resource which is updated every week by Dr Brendon Smith, Emergency Medicine Staff Specialist. The Clinical Updates have been published since 2006 and are regularly accessed by Emergency Medicine trainees across NSW.

  • Resus: Emergency medicine blog

Case-based blog featuring hundreds of lectures from conferences on emergency medicine. You need to register but free access. The site also features a dedicated Fellowship Preparatory Course.

This site is administered and edited by Simon Bolch and George Douros, two Emergency Physicians at Austin Health. They have made a resource for all ED trainees providing primary and fellowship exam resources as well as resources for daily clinical practice and ongoing education.

This is a work in progress. It has a number of test papers, templates of the exam and the current course for the fellowship candidates. We like the nice dark colours which reflect the mood of most of those doing the exam. Keep an eye out if you are teaching or doing the exam.

A lot of good stuff (if you have no current life and you’re sitting ED exams) with no frills and this is a good thing to keep you on exam track. If you are not surrounded by great FACEM mentors this is good for you and probably even if you are. If you have recently sat and passed your exams don't visit this site as it will bring back bad memories and probably give you a rash.

Critical Care (Emergency Medicine)

Scott Weingart is an "ED Intensivist" and offers a number of insights for resuscitationists, this is an enormous resource and well worth a look around, as with all these blogs the authors can be followed on twitter.

Dr Cliff Reid’s site which is full of good stuff, eloquently presented, amusing and intelligent.

Education

This site has a number of interactive eLearning modules on the basics, which might be useful for your junior (and some not so junior) docs. A lot of work has gone into it in this developing area of medicine.

Neuraxiom is all about nerve blocks and ultrasound. It focuses on a number of nerve blocks you might not do but also some useful ones you may want to use such as femoral and fascia iliaca blocks. What it does do is give you a nice insight into using the ultrasound. He gives a rap to an unidentified FACEM so we can all bask in the glory until he identifies himself. Doesn’t have facial blocks but you don’t have to stop looking, just find another site.

This is a very comprehensive and well presented site on paediatric resuscitation, using an eLearning platform to cover all the basics in detail. You need a login and NSW Health employee number, so if you don't have that email the administrator and have a look.

Emergency Nursing

This Learning Nurse website provides an independent, free and safe resource for ALL levels of nurses to assess, maintain and enhance their professional competence.

Evidence Based

This site distills numerous papers for everything it seems and gives you a clinical bottom line. It is robust and useful.

In their words "a powerful tool to indicate benefit and harm that both patients and doctors can understand".

General Emergency Medicine Blogs

Needs no introduction, and if it does, just go there. It’s big, good and entertaining with an enormous amount of useful stuff. If you are studying for exams be prepared to be disciplined and don't just enjoy the site.

The Virtual Hospital led by Professor Simon Carley and a dedicated group of blogging clinicians has a broad scope of material delivered in a very digestible way. It requires a sign on but is free, I strongly recommend it for all levels of ED doctors and clinicians.

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine.

A site we've all heard of, which gives a fun insight to emergency medicine. The founding fathers of smart edutainment.

This is a smart, amusing approach to the evidence and a nice personal take on it. I remember being quite despondent after my time in Ireland but if this guy is anything to go by they are in good hands now, even if they are few.

MediNuggets was created in 2012 by Dr’s Deeps Majumdar & Mike Noonan on a platform of catering for those in the ED / Critical care field such as ourselves with...’short attention spans and short memories’. So that when the inevitable medical dilemma ..‘I read something about that once but I can’t remember where’ …. now arises, medinuggets.com can come to the rescue.

An enormous body of work and a lot of it very, very good with a mixture of blog style comments and paper reviews with some material on skills, easy viewing. There is some trolling required but it’s worth it.

A multilayered site which has lots of onsite info and links with summaries, close ties to EMRAP and has some good videos. A very enjoyable site.

Lots of good topics discussed in depth with a more local flavour (content wise). Thorough dissection of EM issues with lots of audiocasts - download them and listen to in the car.

Smart it is EM Rap style discussions, witty and very detailed. Not so much rapid fire but a detailed audiolog. We suggest for those longer trips put it on your iPod and have a listen.

Guidelines and Protocols

Tessa Davis a paediatric ED doctor now living in Australia who has put together an enormous archive of protocols and guidelines. If you couldn't find it in our set then look here, or look here anyway and see what others are doing. Tessa is also publisher of great paediatric ED apps.

This is a library of clinical resources published in January 2013. It includes journal articles, standards, clinical manuals and other training and reference materials.

This site for the UK College does have some very good resources and links to a number of external resources identified. The introduction to research material is of particular value. The GEMNet guidelines are the best researched, much as the ECI ones, but there are only 4 of them and a bit long.

Some of the guidelines such as NIV are not at all what we would teach in Australasia so beware what you read and check local senior practice.

The UK NICE has outlined draft guidance to help A&E departments ensure there are enough nursing staff available to provide safe care at all times to patients.

Medical Specialty Sites (relevant to Emergency Medicine)

Established by the New Zealand Dermatological Society, the national association of New Zealand registered dermatologists, to provide information about skin diseases, conditions and treatment for patients and their health professionals.

A very nice site with lots of great ECG stuff. Useful for all levels unless you are already an ECG superstar, in which case go and do something else, like introduce yourself to your kids. It is interactive and has a nice toy in the "move the arrow and see what the axis does to the ECG". Try it now.

Interactive ECGs in clinical context.

A few good pathways, a limited number of reasonable resolution images worth a drive through and it also has some good links.

Can't decide what test to use or want to develop some smart retorts to the irritating radiology registrar? This might interest you as well as the Canadian version of the same thing.

Simulation

A hi-fidelity podcast and blog resource about simulation.

Light entertaining and educational.The STEM project started in 2012 as an initiative of the emergency departments of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is supported by Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) funding from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). STEM’s remit is to support simulation-based education and training of medical staff in 4 emergency departments.

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