A Global Perspective (on Doctoring)

A Global Perspective (on Doctoring)

I’ve recently returned from a trip to Sydney Australia and SMACC, one of the premier emergency and critical care conferences in the world now in its 7th and final iteration.   It’s the first continuing education conference I’ve attended since...
Accidents Will Happen

Accidents Will Happen

It’s summer here, which means a bit of a respite from kids with respiratory illness and fever in the Emergency department, but an uptick in injuries.  Falls, motor vehicle collisions, bike accidents, and of course playground injuries have been commonplace. The...
Whāngai

Whāngai

One of my favorite axioms of emergency medicine, and medicine in general, is that patients come for our care, not our judgment.   In times when my empathy meter is running particular low, for example during my recent string of overnights, I will actually repeat these...
Small Town Living in Gizzy

Small Town Living in Gizzy

Funny story from this week – I was out surfing on a nice brisk winter morning, when an older gentleman paddled up next to me on his longboard. “Pardon me, but does your board say ‘For Ian’ on the bottom?” he asked. It turned out it did....
First ED shift

First ED shift

First Shift! Even on the other side of the world, the ED currency of goodwill for nurses and secretaries remains the same. First off, a warning- this is a medical post.   Some of the nuances may be uninteresting to those not in the medical field.   I’ve got...