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Welcome to ERCast, a focused discussion on the questions, quagmires and known unknowns we face everyday in the emergency department.

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Sep 20, 2017

Mike Mallin is a legend in emergency ultrasound but, by day, he's a regular guy and community ED doc. In this episode, Mike and Rob talk about

  • making the change from an academic to community medicine job
  • working in a place that sparks joy
  • working locum tenens
  • soft tissue ultrasound looking for abscess
  • placing...


Jun 24, 2017

Last summer I took a road trip to Canada and during the drive I listened to the book When Breath Becomes Air. That was a year ago, and I still think about that book, almost daily. When Breath Becomes Air is the autobiographical account of the final 2 years of neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi life. Paul was in residency, age...


Jun 21, 2017

It may be summer (in the northern hemisphere), but that doesn't mean we can talk all the goodness that was our spring journal club. As usual, Adam Rowh slayed the beer selection with a killer Scottish ale as well as these lovely articles. Enjoy....

The papers

Less is more for low back pain

Qaseem, Amir, et al....


Mar 24, 2017

Amal Mattu stops by to talk about the best way to get the most from attending (as well as giving) a lecture. Hint, it's not the the transfer of information. Amal says that lectures have one of two purposes: to persuade or  inspire.

To get the most out of attending a lecture

  • take notes
  • no more than three take...


Mar 1, 2017

When you examine a patient who presents with a mental health complaint, let’s say they are depressed and psychotic, how do you do it? Do you listen to their lungs and heart, check for pitting edema? You might, if the history dictates. We are also responsible for a medical screening exam, but regarding the focused...