16 June 2014

Pain and Suffering in the ER

I took a recent family trip Down Under and had the good fortune to be in Australia's Gold Coast at the same time as the SMACCGold Conference. (Well, it wasn't entirely a coincidence.) I was happy to get to make it there one day and it was a great experience. I got to meet uber-tweeter and stalker Minh LeCong, organizer and LITFL dude Chris Nickson, St Emlyn's own Simon Carly, the Irish EM blogger Andy Neill, Kangaroo Island doc Tim, and many, many more. I had an extended conversation with Karel Habig of Sydney HEMS under the misapprehension that he was Cliff Reid. (Did I mention the open bar?) Sorry about that!

I haven't the time to do a full write up now, except to note that this was the only conference I've ever seen where there was an open bar in the exhibitors' center ... at 9AM. Because 'Straya.

I love the SMACC guys and I love the SMACC ethos. One of the cool things about it is that they put their talks online, freely available, as part of the FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education) concept. So if you missed it, you can enjoy the full conference after the fact. Most of the talks are short, usually less than 30 minutes, and they have a rather different focus than that which you will find in more traditional academic EM.

The talk that I most enjoyed, was this one, by St. Emlyn's co-blogger Iain Beardsell. It's a bit of a head fake, and not the topic one would have expected to emerge as the show-stopper, but it sure was for me. You can watch it here:

Iain Beardsell - Pain and Suffering in the ED from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

You can see most of the talks on Vimeo where they are posted in full video format, or download them as iTunes audio podcasts to listen to them on your way to the ER. The opening ceremony ... a surreal experience ... is truly not to be missed.

Best of all – SMACC is coming to the US next year, of all places, to my hometown, Chicago. The dates are June 23-26, so be sure to be there!


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