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Stroke

This is a massive topic in the EM syllabus. Detailed discussions were completed on :Stroke syndromes - aca amca pca etc, lateral medullary syndrome - anatomy, ct findings, mri and correlation with clinical featuresA good resource for this is …

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Headache

A review of the topic of headache was completed in the webinar focussing on:Classification - Primary (migraine, cluster etc) vs Secondary headache (infection, ich, mass, trauma, etc)Key dangerous causes to exclude eg sah, ich, mass, infection…

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Neurology- seizures and epilepticus in adults

The approach to seizure classification - organic (trauma, infection, metabolic, toxin, ins lesion) vs idiopathic epilepsy (and its types eg generalised, myoclonic etc) and definitions around provoked and unprovoked seizures.A consultant appro…

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Surgery Conditions continued

We reviewed a good approach to abdominal plain film and CT abdomen referencing Rabi et al and CT radiology teaching atlas. AXRuseful for obstruction, perforation, volvulus patterns, toxic megacolon1.assess general gas pattern - caecum, tvs, d…

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Surgical Conditions

Today we covered some key areas in surgery for the acem exam. Mesenteric ischemia The 4 key patterns of presentation includeembolic - AF or ventricular aneurysm related - 50% of all MIthrombosislow flow statesvenous thrombosiseach of these h…

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Webinars completed and UPCOMING TOPICS

EM TOPICS IN THE ACE THE ACEM COURSE Underlined webinars are complete to date INTRODUCTION TO ACE THE ACEM EXAMRESUSCITATIONAIRWAY ASSESSMENTCRITICAL CARE MEDICINECARDIOLOGY 1CARDIOLOGY 2ECG 1,2,3ECG - PACEMAKER EXPERT RESPIRATORY 1RESPIRATO…

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Resp 2- PE, HIV and pneumonia, pneumomediastinum

Resp 2- PE, HIV and pneumonia, pneumomediastinum PE - classification massive, submassive, non massive This was a tough session today with some difficult cases and questions. PE classification based on clinical shock, uss evidence rv dysfuncti…

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Differentiating VT from wpw AVRT antidromic rhythm

Differentiating VT from wpw AVRT antidromic rhythm This is not an easy thing to do. The source of the wct is from outside the normal Sa- avn - his purkinje system. In both VT and wpw avrt anti d, the source is from a nidus outside this syste…

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MCQ and EMQ Practice

MCQ and EMQ Practice Many em doctors have asked what is the best way to prepare or practice MCQ’s. I suggest the following : 1.Join ACE the ACEM ! We will cover about 100 MCQ’s in detail over 6 months during the course ! 2.Have a look at www.…

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Resus and Shock Session

Resus and Shock session 1 completed We completed a very important session today - Resuscitation and shock.Review the documents published by Ilcor - these are vital to review.Download the resus booklet published by Ilcor.Review the documents …

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Cardiology 2

Cardiology 2 completed The first session of cardiology 2 has just wrapped up. It was a tough session with some tricky subjects covered. The team doing the session actually did very well considering the difficulty of the questions. Takotsubo s…

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Cardiology Session 1

Cardiology session 1 completed Key concepts covered in the cardiology webinar today: Chest pain stratification scores :TIMIHEARTED ACS ( accelerated chest pain pathways)Aus cardiology society cp guide - high intermediate and low risk Approac…

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Structured Cognitive Approach

Structured cognitive approach It’s really important to structure your thought processes when studying for the exam or working on the floor in ED. The process of thinking about how you think is called metacognotion. Understanding metacognition…

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Acem Exam specific advice from an SAQ examiner

This blog entry will be updated as we move along through the ACE the ACEM course.Please review the blog entries on first steps and the cognitive matrix for starting your exam processes.The exam committee usually provides 30-35 question topic…

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Airway Webinar

Ace the Acem blogWe finished the first airway webinar today - I think it was fun - but the candidates preparing for the exam probably didn't share the exactly the same sentiment 😩 Key lessons discussed: Decide if a CRASH airway is appropriat…

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Useful Resources for the Acem Exam

Please review the site page ‘Intro to ACE the ACEM as these resources are listed there with some active links. 1. Use Rosen’s to review the core detail of a topic2. Use Cameron for local context3. Use UpToDate or Emedicine for detailed knowle…

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A4 documents to prep for the exam

There are certain types of information for the exam and for practicing Emergency medicine that you simply have to have pre-prepared and ready to roll out at a moments notice. My airway Template: Below is an example of my basic airway template…

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Ace the ACEM intro Webinar

We completed the first webinar today and most things ran smoothly ! Main points discussed :Rosen’s and Tintinalli are good for average levels of knowledgeUpToDate or Emedicine are excellent for detail core knowledgeLocal info from Cameron is …

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Basic approach to a topic in the acem exam

Basic approach to a topic in the acem eFor most of the expert topics in the syllabus, a certain level of core knowledge is required to pass the written SAQ or MCQ type questions, as well as the case based type OSCE questions.This Blog entry s…

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The cognitive matrix

Use a cognitive matrix to strategize and structure your study of the exam topics hi everybody. Welcome to the first post on this blog. So much has been written and suggested about how to pass the ACEM Fellowship Exam. This first post is reall…

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