Warming Up for Rural Masterclass

Rural medicine is, if nothing else, full of variety. Rural doctors generally prove themselves to be adaptable (the ‘Macgyvers of medicine‘) due to the varied nature of their work. My mission is to help bring new concepts from the evolving FOAMed world to rural doctors – with the bottomline of helping to bring ‘quality care, …

Is the medical conference dead?

Just got back from Fremantle and the #RMA2012 Rural Medicine Australia conference hosted by ACRRM and RDAA. To be honest I was disappointed. Some pearls amongst the three day academic programme. But perhaps recent exposure to high-quality asynchronous #FOAMed learning has raised my expectations. That said attendance was high at over 450 delegates and it …

Affordable Difficult Airway Kit

Well, this week I’ve been playing with some AirQ II blocker intubating LMAs (iLMAs) sent to me from a rep. For those of you not familiar with an iLMA, the device is designed to allow ‘blind’ intubation of the airway, using the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) as a conduit. The progenitor, with which most rural doctors …

Loving the Job

I reckon the work as a rural doctor is the best that medicine offers. Just heard from a colleague with whom I did anaesthetics last year in NSW. “Mate I love this job! In the past 7 days I’ve thrombolysed a 44 year old with a STEMI, resuscitated a 5 year old who had a fit …