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CRACKCast & Physicians as Humans on CanadiEM

CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.

Nov 4, 2019

Core Questions: 


  1. What is dizziness and what pathologies can cause it?
  2. Define vertigo and acute vestibular syndrome
  3. What three systems are involved in the maintenance of equilibrium and how many of these systems must be affected to cause vertigo?
  4. Trace the neuronal impulse from the vestibular apparatus to the...

Oct 7, 2019

Core Questions: 


  1. Define seizure and provide an explanation of the classification systems for seizure
  2. Define recruitment as it relates to seizure development and progression
  3. Differentiate between seizure and syncope
  4. Differentiate between neurogenic and psychogenic seizures
  5. List 5 diagnoses that can mimic seizures (see...

Sep 16, 2019

The same 65-year-old man who was seen earlier with an ICH has now recovered. His past medical history is remarkable for hypertension, dyslipidemia, a mechanical aortic valve replacement, diabetes, and sleep apnea. His list of medications include ramipril, atorvastatin, aspirin, metformin, and warfarin. Should his...

Sep 3, 2019

Core Questions: 


  1. Define confusion.
  2. What is your differential diagnosis for the confused patient?
  3. Differentiate between organic and functional causes of confusion.
  4. What is the Quick Confusion Scale (QCS) and how is it calculated?
  5. What is the Brief Confusion Assessment Method (bCAM) and how is it used?
  6. What is the...

Aug 23, 2019

Today on First Year Diaries I am joined by Dr. David Carr, a University Health Network emergency physician, renowned medical education speaker, and Toronto Blue Jays physician. In this episode, I asked him to impart his wisdom to new staff physicians like myself and share his approaches to a successful career...