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Jamie Rae Shandro
MED 550
Seattle Campus

P-An Introduction to Emergency Medicine

Presentation of common medical and surgical emergencies and their urgent management, especially within the framework of rapid patient assessment and stabilization. Lecture topics include chest pain and myocardial infarction, basic arrhythmia management, and burn and wound care.

Class description

Student learning goals

Have a clearer understanding of the scope of Emergency Medicine and the initial assessment of patients presenting to the Emergency Department.

Understand the basic framework for Advanced Cardiac Life Support algorithms and management of cardiac arrest. Know the definition of, the differential diagnosis for, and the initial emergency management of shock

Be able to outline initial steps in the management of neurologic emergencies including altered mental status, stroke, and seizures. Gain a basic understanding for toxicology emergencies, including toxidromes, antidotes, and emergency management of poisonings.

Understand the approach to chest pain, including a differential diagnosis and recognition of acute coronary syndrome on EKG. Outline the treatment for acute asthma/COPD exacerbations in the emergency setting.

Describe the approach to traumatic injuries in the Emergency Department, including procedures involved in resuscitation and treatment (procedures workshop).

Discuss the human side of Emergency Medicine, including delivering bad news, ethical and legal issues in Emergency Medicine, and palliative measures needed in the Emergency Department.

General method of instruction

Instruction will include lecture, small-group activities, and a procedures workshop.

Recommended preparation

Enthusiasm for the material is the best background. Recommended for 2nd year medical students, although available for eager 1st year students as well.

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be assigned on a pass/fail basis. Attendance and participation count towards the grade, as does completion of a take-home final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jamie Rae Shandro
Date: 02/23/2010