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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.

Jan 7, 2020

Core Questions: 


  1. What is diplopia and how is it classified?
  2. What four questions help clinicians delineate the potential cause of a patient’s diplopia?
  3. What are the cardinal directions of gaze and how are they tested?
  4. Outline the physical exam for the patient with monocular and binocular diplopia.
  5. Outline the DDx...

Dec 2, 2019

Core Questions: 


  1. List three primary headache disorders
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of migraines and name three Emergency Department treatments for same
  3. List five critical and five emergent causes of headache (Table 17.1)
  4. Outline your approach to the history for the patient presenting with headache ( Box 17.1)

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 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...