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The Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) is the voice of emergency medicine physicians-in-training and the future of our specialty. EMRA*Cast is created "for Residents, by Residents."


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The Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) is the voice of emergency medicine physicians-in-training and the future of our specialty. EMRA*Cast is created "for Residents, by Residents."




In-Flight Emergencies

Is there a doctor onboard? In-flight emergencies are not rare, supplies and resources are limited, and it is always good to be prepared. Dr. Amy Ho joins EMRA*Cast host Dr. Dustin Slagle to discuss what to expect and how to help.


Being a Fem in EM

Being a female in a profession that was previously dominated by males can present with some unique challenges. In this episode, Dr. Arlene Chung (@arlenesujin) and Dr. Diane Birnbaumer (@DianeBirnbaumer) discuss what it is like being a female emergency physician with EMRA*Cast host Dr. Lizzii Le (@LizziiLeMed).


Our Climate Is Changing, and So Is Emergency Medicine

How often do you add ZIP code to the risk factors you’re considering when building a differential? In this episode, Renee Salas (@ReneeNSalas_MD) and host Masood Mohammed (@DocMooseEM) discuss why you should. In short: Climate change is waiting in your ED.


Top 10 Antibiotic Mistakes in the Emergency Department

Ever feel lost and confused when it comes to antibiotic choice? Feel like you are making a mistake by giving this instead of that? Giving too much? Giving too little? If so, you’re not alone. So let's branch out from just vanc and zosyn and dive into the top 10 antibiotic mistakes today with pharmacy guru Dr. Bryan Hayes.


Great Job: How to Give and Receive Feedback Well

Giving feedback is an art, and in this episode, med-ed all-star Christina Shenvi, MD, and EMRA*Cast host Chris Reilly, MD, take us on a deep dive into the psychology of feedback: what is it, why we need it, and how to give and receive feedback well. This conversation is packed with evidence, pearls, and a challenge you should strive to achieve every day. Go ahead and bookmark this; you’re going to want to listen more than once.


Headache and the LP

Roughly 1 in 20 subarachnoid hemorrhages are missed during initial presentation in the emergency department – substantially increasing the risk of complications and mortality. That’s scary. But is it a reason to do a lumbar puncture every time a patient’s head hurts? EMRA*Cast host Will Smith (@WTSmithMD IG/Twitter) shares some expert insight from Lt. Col. Roderick Fontenette (@RodFontenette1).


Subclavian Central Lines: Be Humble – Be Prepared

There’s a laundry list of potential complications from using the subclavian vein to place a central line. But there’s also a growing number of reasons to make sure this procedure is part of your arsenal. Host Dustin Slagle, MD, and guest Gabriel Hoffman, MD, walk you through the evidence.


Resident Unions Part 2: Getting Organized

Unions have a long and storied history in the United States – but not within the house of medicine. Yet as the practice of medicine has become enveloped by business interests, unionization is taking root. More than 22,000 resident physicians are already union members. Where do you start if you want to organize? EMRA*Cast host Dr. Matt Dillon presents part 2 of this series on unions for medical residents.


Basics of Being Sued: Malpractice in Emergency Medicine

Statistics show 75% of emergency physicians are named in malpractice lawsuits during their career - and the only correlation with being sued is the number of years practiced and the number of patients seen over time. Being sued does not mean you are a bad doctor, but rather you are practicing in a high-risk specialty. Join EMRA*Cast host Ranjita Raghavan, MD, (@DrRanjitaMD) and Camie Sorensen, MD, of St. Agnes Hospital (@AgnesEmr) in a discussion of the medico-legal realities of practicing...


Post-Roe v Wade Medicine: Is There a Lawyer in the House?

In the wake of this year’s Supreme Court positions, treating OB/GYN emergencies according to standards of care can now result in criminal or civil charges for you and your patients in some states. Major medical societies have come out against the Dobbs v. Jackson decision that overturned Roe and Casey. While EMTALA currently provides some support for emergency physicians, state laws and local prosecutors still might try to take you to court. Understanding your state’s law and interpretation...


Post-Roe: Caring for Patients in a Trigger Ban State

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark decision Roe v. Wade, a legal precedent protecting a citizen’s constitutional right to abortion. The highly politicized decision comes with significant consequence for those of us in health care – especially in states with abortion trigger bans. EMRA*Cast Host Shreyans Sanghvi, DO, joins EM Resident Editor-in-Chief Jessica Adkins Murphy, MD, (@DrAdkinsMurphy) to explore this deeply personal, subjective, and contentious...


Resident Unions Part 1: How Can They Help?

When you received your employment contract after matching into residency, did you read it? Was there any question you would sign it, no matter what it said? The structure of medical training and board certification creates an unequivocal power differential when it comes to residency employment contracts. EMRA*Cast host Matt Dillon, MD, (@mdmd_8889) talks with UCLA union members Anna Yap, MD, (@annayap) and Kenneth Kim, MD, about the power of a unified resident body.


Response, Preparedness, and Mitigation: Counterterrorism Medicine

Disaster medicine has long focused on how to prepare for mass casualty incidents - but there are special considerations for emergency physicians to take into account in the case of terror attacks. In this episode, host Kim Bambach, MD, and Sriram Venkatesan, FAWM, discuss the niche of counterterrorism medicine with Derrick Tin, MBBS, senior fellow in Disaster and Counterterrorism Medicine at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School.


EM Job Search Tips: 2022 and Beyond

The health care job market has been a roller coaster in recent years - especially in the nation's safety net of emergency medicine. What’s a soon-to-be-graduate to do? Host Ranjita Raghavan, MD, shares some job search pearls and perils from Saadia Akhtar, MD, FACEP, and Maria Moreira, MD, FACEP.


Sodium Bicarb in Cardiac Arrest: Over and Done?

Some baked-in practices in medicine don't hold up to closer inspection. This episode of EMRA*Cast turns attention to the use of sodium bicarbonate in cardiac arrest. Host Matt Dillon, MD, (@mdmd_8889) recently spoke with clinical ED pharmacist Mike Perza, PharmD, BCPS, (@pillpushermike) and Dustin Slagle, MD, regarding sodium bicarbonate use during cardiac arrest and why you might want to think twice.


Your First 5 Years Out of Residency

Congratulations on graduating residency! Do yourself a big favor and listen to this advice from Dr. Christina Shenvi and Dr. Nikki Binz, brought you by EMRA*Cast host Dr. Kim Bambach. Start off on the right foot with BHAG, ikigai, and proper spycraft at a new job. You got this!


Medical Excellence in Austere Settings: What Would MacGuyver Do?

Your patient has an arterial bleed and a tenuous airway. You've got 1 unit of blood, no vent, and no hospital within hours. Welcome to the world of austere medicine. Host Kate Joyce, MD, MPH (@sceneisnotsafe) and USAF Lt Col Regan Lyon, MD, FACEP, discuss the challenges of treating patients in the most extreme scenarios.


Pearls on Massive Transfusion with Dr. Sara Crager

Hemorrhagic shock can be tricky to manage – yet there’s no shortage of (sometimes conflicting) guidelines regarding massive transfusion. When do you make the call to activate massive transfusion protocol? How early is too early? What happens if you wait too long? Dr. Sara Crager simplifies this crucial decision-making process with EMRA*Cast host Ranjita Raghavan.


Learning: The Chapter After Residency

EMRA*Cast Host Shreyans Sanghvi, DO, ventures into the abyss of life after residency to find out how to keep up your learning after training with street illusionist and veteran public speaker Salil Bhandari, MD. Completing his residency in emergency medicine at NYU Langone, Salil has trained hundreds of residents in public speaking, presentation design, and procedural competency. He is a passionate resuscitationist and educational philosopher who currently serves as the Director of Media and...


ED Efficiency: Working Smarter, Not Harder

Have you ever felt like you're spinning your wheels in your emergency department? EMRA*Cast host Kim Bambach, MD, (@KimBambach) explores how to work smarter, not harder. Guests Eric Blazar, MD (@eblazar) and Guy Carmelli, MD (@GuyCarmelli) focus on how to improve efficiency so you can spend more time on the things that made you want to go into medicine in the first place.