PEM for Dummies

10 March, 2013 by: colinparker

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine is an interesting sport. Really very broad, and really quite narrow too! There are a handful of presenting complaints that keep us busy most of the time, the same few recurring clinical scenarios – narrow. And then there is everything else, a happy hunting ground for generalists, with loads of undifferentiated problems – broad.

I recently prepared a little talk for SMACC 2013, the inaugural Social Media and Critical Care Conference to be held in Sydney, and worldwide via the awesome power of modern technology. The challenge was to fit the Pecha Kucha format: 20 slides, average 20 seconds per slide… so I ‘dumbed down’ Paediatric Emergency Medicine as much as I could.

Please be aware that this talk applies to First-World Emergency Departments, and assumes a reasonable level of clinical experience with acute paediatrics. Don’t be freaked out by my sweeping generalisations, and remember that our disclaimer still applies.

PEM for Dummies from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

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See more PK-talks over at the SMACC 2013 website or check out the SMACC vimeo channel.

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3 Responses to “PEM for Dummies”
  1. Richard says:

    Very impressive Colin
    Concise, accurate and will be essential viewing for all our paediatric medical students, ed and Paeds ward staff.
    Would be very helpful to expand on some some of these issues in separate talks. Probably done somewhere , I will keep looking


    Richard Hart
    Director of paediatrics
    Bowral Hospital

  2. colinparker says:

    Thanks Richard for your kind comments.
    This talk is a severely contracted version of a longer talk with the same title – for the purposes of the SMACC conference I had to fit it into the Pecha Kucha medium: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. An interesting challenge which left me unable to expand on any concepts!
    The long version is not available on the web… yet.

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