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You’re the Pilot: A Guide for Successful Shifts Your First Year Out of EM Residency

February 28th, 2019
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So, you’ve signed your first contract. You’ve successfully navigated your first real job search in nearly a decade. You’ll be graduating from residency in the near future, and it’s finally beginning to hit you: all too soon, you’ll be on your own. As USACS’ Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting, I am often in touch […]

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Posted in For Residents, Life in the ER

USACS Scholars Program About More Than Training Leaders

February 14th, 2019
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Here’s a little secret about the Scholars Program from National Director of Scholars Dr. John Casey, one of its core faculty: the Scholars Program isn’t just for the scholars. Every year, a group of about 30 physicians and APPs go through the program, which is ostensibly designed for USACS clinicians interested in moving into leadership […]

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Posted in Leadership

What It Really Means To Have Your Work Be A Family

January 3rd, 2019
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A family, says Dr. Kurtis Mayz, doesn’t always get along: “It’s not all rainbows and butterflies,” he said in a recent interview. “We fight, we have our disagreements, we play together, we love together, and at the end of the day, we’re a family. We all pull together in the same direction and we move […]

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Posted in Life in the ER

The Shift’s Top 5 Most-Read Blog Posts of 2018

December 20th, 2018
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Dr. David Klein’s post on “Dying With Dignity” didn’t just top the list of most-read posts from the past year. It touched a nerve unlike anything The Shift has ever published. Writing a little over a year after his own father passed away in his sleep, Dr. Klein, the USACS National Director of Quality, recommended […]

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Posted in General

The Electric Daisy Carnival: What It’s Like to Provide Medical Coverage for a 400,000 Person Rave

December 10th, 2018
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Peter Carlo recalls the first time he was asked to provide medical staffing for a rave – he had had never heard of a rave before. “I was like, a rave? Explain.” But this wasn’t just any rave. This was the Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC. It is one of the largest electronic dance music […]

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Posted in Life in the ER