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Wilderness Medicine Symposium

In ANNOUNCEMENTS on September 8, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Just a reminder that UConn’s 11th Annual Wilderness Medicine Symposium is fast approaching!

Does the scent of formaldehyde still hang in your nose? Has HDH not given you enough free time already? Have clinical rotations made you long for the great outdoors? Have residency applications made you in need of some R&R? Well if so then come join us on Friday evening (9/30) for a night full of camping, fire making, marshmallow roasting, singing, dancing, and story telling in the good old Connecticut wilderness at Winding Trails here in Farmington. Then stay Saturday morning and afternoon for didactic and practical sessions covering various topics in wilderness medicine. Please note that if you cannot make it on Friday evening for camping you can still attend the morning and afternoon teaching sessions on Saturday. Lunch will be provided on Saturday, and participants will be given our annual Wilderness Medicine Symposium t-shirt. Best of all, this fantastic event is free of charge!

Please RSVP by this Saturday Sept 10th to kfarmer@student.uchc.edu or chuguenel@student.uchc.edu if you would like to attend. Any questions regarding the event are welcome!


Time Magazine: Why the Grey’s Anatomy Myth Clouds the Real Value of Emergency Care

In IN THE NEWS on May 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I recently read this article published by Time Magazine regarding the recent moves by some politicians to attempt to penalize citizens for using our country’s ED’s for what the deem “inappropriate usage.” The article brings up a number of good points, and I suggest you all to give it a read.

For my two cents, it seems entirely hypocritical to throw blame for our nation’s health care costs at the feet of the very safety network keeping this tenuous house of cards upright.  The article makes an excellent point that while many cases seen in the ED end up being diagnosed as “non-emergent,” hind-sight is 20-20. To our patients, their condition is an emergency, and that is why they have come to us for care. They are often scared and have no one to turn to for help. The politicians mentioned herein seem annoyed at the simple idea that emergency physicians are doing their job; treating patients who present with acute and emergent illness, reassuring those who do not, and exercising their ability to tell the difference.

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