EP13. Improve Your Efficiency

24H Le Mans 2013

Wish you were faster in the ED?  Believe it or not, the key to being more efficient is NOT about speed or the ability to multitask.  Instead, becoming an efficient emergency physician takes practice, experience, and the use of some key strategies to increase your productivity.  Be prepared to work hard, work smart, and learn how to task-switch effectively.

In addition, I highly recommend you read this important and informative letter, written by the CDEM Executive Committee, addressing the recent ranking of EM residency programs by U.S. News and World Report and Doximity.

And as an added bonus, check out this just-released video on presenting patients in the ED, put together by some amazingly talented peeps at EMRA and CDEM.  It is hot stuff.

References

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