Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Lecture! The presenter does such a great job. He keeps it interesting and easy to understand. Love it!
Date published: 2021-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Misleading description The marketing of this course is misleading. From the course description I thought a camera was accompanying a doctor through real emegency room triage. The lecturer is in a room describing the events. He does it dramatically and well, but since it is more of a theatrical performance an actor could have simply been presenting a script. Same for the related course Grand Rounds.
Date published: 2021-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very enjoyable course, but some info is outdated Overall, I've enjoyed listening to these lectures, which are interesting and well-paced. The lecturer has an engaging style and is easy to listen to. However . . . The information on treating venomous snake bites is outdated. In the past, antivenom was derived from equine serum to which patients often had very serious reactions. Nowadays, though, rattlesnake bites are treated with CroFab, which is much, much safer. As soon as it becomes apparent a bite is envenomated, CroFab is started. Also, it's a myth that brown recluse spiders cause necrotic lesions; there's simply no evidence that this occurs. The lecture does, however, correctly portray a patient assuming her lesion is a spider bite when it is not.
Date published: 2020-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, fun, fast paced and educational This takes a unique approach to teaching. It does NOT proceed by topics such as "Heart Attacks", "Penetrating Wounds"... Rather, he tries to invite you in to the actual moment to moment experience as perceived by the doctor. You'll go room to room getting briefed on a patient's situation. You will triage and prioritize cases for urgency. You will make decisions on treatment, testing and management. It is well done and I am impressed that he pulls it off without getting lost in the weeds. You really cant help but learn and enjoy the approach. I took the audio version of the course and didn't feel that I was missing out. I do have some background in the topic and at times wondered if terminology may be a stumbling block for others. Judging by the other reviews, this does not seem to be the case.
Date published: 2020-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very engaging and helpful The lectures were entertaining and helpful for anyone who may need to visit an emergency room -- which is all of us. A wide range of topics and examples are provided and the presentation makes you feel like you are in an ER in real time.
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emergency Medicine for Everyone The Dr., who is the presenter, gives an informative insider's look into the chaotic experience of emergency medicine. He even, at times, adds a bit of humor into personal interactions between the dr. and patient. I feel more confident about my personal entrance into the emergency arena, if ever needed.
Date published: 2020-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! - For All! This is a superb course in almost every respect. It is rare for me to recommend a course for every sentient human being, but this is one of them, for a number of reasons. First, the subject matter is inherently of interest to all of us. I happen to find it fascinating in itself, but whether this is true for you or not, there is a good possibility that we will be seeking care in an Emergency Department (ED) at one or more times in our lives, or that we will be there with an ill or injured loved one, with a serious or life-threatening complaint. It would be both helpful and somewhat stress-reducing to have a good idea of how the ED functions and what to expect, as well as when - and when not - to go. (By the way, I was brought up calling the ED an 'ER', but that's apparently no longer politically correct. A 'department' is thought to be more respectable than a 'room'.) In addition, a brief but broad and helpful review of essential first aid, and of how to respond if you find yourself in an emergency situation, is scattered throughout the course. (Suggestion: Take a good first aid course, one which includes learning how to use an AED, or automated external defibrillator.) Finally, again in bits in each lesson, a basic education in normal body functioning, normal anatomy and physiology, is provided, as well as advice regarding how to recognize and respond to important malfunctions. Professor/Doctor Benaroch is superb. His organization is outstanding, especially considering how well he takes us back and forth through the three or four patients being discussed at any one time. And despite treating a highly specialized subject for a general audience, he is crystal clear, either using 'ordinary' language or translating medical jargon. He speaks in a pleasant and conversational - if somewhat rapid - tone, and I had no trouble staying focused. I was also very pleased at his stress on the need to establish trust between doctor and patient, and his pointing out the difficulty of doing this on a first meeting in an emergency situation. Be aware this is a very information-dense course; you will want to be paying attention. My only concern applies not just to this course, but to medicine in general. (I'm a physician.) Professor Benaroch, like almost all doctors, treats consideration of what to ask, what to examine, what to test, and what to consider as diagnoses, as information that should just pop into a good doctor's head, after the universally taught ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation) have been considered. Yes, training generally ensures that we take the right path, but as many of the cases discussed here make clear, it is quite possible to not think of the right thing at the right time. How would you feel if a pilot or airline mechanic just played it by ear when deciding if a plane was ready to take off, instead of using a focused and complete checklist? I have never understood why health care providers do not take the same approach, and I wish our professor had discussed this, or provided examples of how a regimented procedure could help avoid misdiagnoses. The Course Guidebook is very well done. And I highly recommend the video; in fact, so much of the course is visually transmitted that I would strongly suggest not taking the audio - you would miss too much. So - This course has my highest recommendation, absolutely for everyone. Even if is not an area in which you have a prior interest, it is very worth taking for other reasons. And I strongly suspect that, regardless of your prior attitude, you will truly enjoy it.
Date published: 2020-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for medical students before iinternship Good survey of medical emergencies ,better for paramedics and young medical students
Date published: 2020-04-24
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Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine
Course Trailer
Triage in Emergency Medicine
1: Triage in Emergency Medicine

Start the course learning about the first critical step of emergency care: triage. When faced with a waiting room full of patients, how does a capable emergency department doctor decide whom to treat first? What happens when a patient's condition changes? Or when more patients show up?...

30 min
Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Fast
2: Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Fast

Dr. Benaroch takes you along with an ambulance crew to give you a three-dimensional understanding of emergency care as experienced by first responders. Topics covered in this lecture include the ABCs of a rapid scan, appropriate bystander response, and the "rule of 9" for estimating burn size....

31 min
Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Again
3: Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Again

Welcome to the night shift at an emergency department, where anything can happen. Through the patient cases in this lecture, you'll get a deeper understanding of how emergency doctors think twice about a young man having a heart attack, a college student who is vomiting, and an elderly man who is having trouble walking....

32 min
The Story Is the Diagnosis
4: The Story Is the Diagnosis

Discover how emergency doctors use OLD CAAAR: a simple mnemonic to accurately- and quickly-pinpoint the location and characteristics of a patient's pains. Also, learn what happens when a doctor has to think fast and doesn't have the time to ask each of the OLD CAAAR questions....

31 min
Hidden Clues in the Emergency Department
5: Hidden Clues in the Emergency Department

Take a closer look at three emergency department cases-a urinary tract infection, a broken leg, and a bellyache-with a twist. How were these diagnoses determined? Not through expensive tests or advanced imaging, but through paying attention to the story, even when it isn't truthful....

31 min
Treat the Patient, Treat the Family
6: Treat the Patient, Treat the Family

According to Dr. Benaroch, to best treat a patient, you sometimes have to treat the patient's family. See this principle in action through a 16-year-old complaining of chronic bronchitis and a 60-year-old found unresponsive with low blood sugar-both of whom have families to help support a doctor's efforts to diagnose and heal....

30 min
Chest Pain
7: Chest Pain

This lecture focuses on patients with chest pain, which might be either a sign of a mild illness or an actual heart attack. Why is it so difficult to identify every serious cause of chest pain? What questions should doctors-and patients¬-ask? What's the difference between myocarditis, pneumothorax, and other medically serious cases?...

31 min
Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom
8: Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

Definitive emergency care requires, first and foremost, a diagnosis. Visit a community emergency department that shares space with an urgent care center, and learn how patients like a 2-year-old with a persistent cough and a 49-year-old with a stuffy nose illustrate the importance of treating the cause-not the symptoms....

30 min
Who Needs the Emergency Department?
9: Who Needs the Emergency Department?

Not all emergency department patients need to be there. In this lecture, meet several pairs of patients-each with the same symptoms, but only one of whom would be best served in the emergency department. Then, get some general tips for you to consider the next time you're contemplating going to the emergency department....

30 min
Altered Mental Status
10: Altered Mental Status

How do you handle patients in altered mental states, suffering from unusual thoughts and behaviors? How do you figure out their story and make an accurate diagnosis? Discover how, in cases like these, doctors rely more than ever on signs and clues from a patient's family and friends....

30 min
Simple Symptoms, Serious Illness
11: Simple Symptoms, Serious Illness

Discover why sometimes a quick patient history isn't enough to help diagnose a problem. In addition to walking you through patient cases, Dr. Benaroch offers insights into fascinating tools that help doctors uncover serious illnesses hidden behind basic symptoms, including complete blood count tests and air contrast enemas....

29 min
In an Emergency, Protect Yourself First
12: In an Emergency, Protect Yourself First

Doctors are commanded to do no harm to their patients. What's equally important is protecting themselves in those rare instances where a patient may do them harm. Get an inside look at how emergency doctors handle dangerous situations, including a patient acting violently and a patient suffering from a highly infectious disease....

28 min
Treating Insect and Animal Bites
13: Treating Insect and Animal Bites

Meet several emergency patients who've been bitten by various creatures, from snakes and spiders to ticks and raccoons. Along the way, you'll learn how doctors treat allergic reactions to bites, how they treat wounds without accidentally injecting more venom into the body, and more....

30 min
The Missing Piece in an Emergency Diagnosis
14: The Missing Piece in an Emergency Diagnosis

Emergency department patients often aren't ready to trust the doctors attending them, since they have just met. In this lecture, learn how doctors work with patients who aren't completely forthcoming to build trust and coax out embarrassing-or seemingly irrelevant-details to arrive at the right diagnosis and get them the treatment they need....

30 min
Healthy Paranoia in Emergency Medicine
15: Healthy Paranoia in Emergency Medicine

Emergency department doctors should always assume every patient has a life-threatening illness-even though only 10% to 20% actually do. How do doctors manage this healthy "paranoia"? And how do they prepare themselves and their patients for the worst outcome while planning for the best?...

29 min
Fever: Friend or Foe
16: Fever: Friend or Foe

Are fevers your friend or your foe? In this lecture, learn the best clues to help distinguish between fevers that are signs of a viral infection and those that herald something much more serious. Then, learn some of the common triggers of fevers, as well as doctor-recommended treatments....

29 min
Always Treat Pain
17: Always Treat Pain

Pain is a frequent chief complaint in emergency departments. This lecture brings you up close with patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, including the common complaint of back pain. These cases help you better understand everything from pain medications-and the dangers of overuse-to how pain affects the way the brain works....

30 min
An Ounce of Prevention
18: An Ounce of Prevention

No one wants to go to an emergency department. While you can never protect yourself 100%, there are ways to help avoid having to make a trip there. Here, learn about the importance of cancer screenings, vaccinations, and taking medication. A little prevention, it turns out, makes a big difference....

30 min
The Big Picture in Emergency Medicine
19: The Big Picture in Emergency Medicine

A fever that's actually a sign of a very dramatic, potentially deadly disease. Abdominal pain that's not caused by illness or injury. Dr. Benaroch uses these and other eye-opening cases as a window into how doctors arrive at the big picture when a patient's chief complaints fail to reveal the truth....

28 min
Is Exercise Good for Your Health?
20: Is Exercise Good for Your Health?

This lecture's cases illustrate how sports-related injuries are treated in emergency departments. You'll encounter a softball player suffering from a concussion, a young boy's dangerous eye injury from a haphazard game of lawn darts, a teen rescued from a near-drowning event, and a golfer's stubborn poison ivy rash....

30 min
Stay Safe in the Emergency Department
21: Stay Safe in the Emergency Department

Gain insights into tips and practices that emergency department doctors and patients should know to ensure their safety. Topics include the risks of conscious sedation (which is less safe than general anesthesia), the importance of knowing your allergies, and the dangers involved in handing off a patient to another provider....

29 min
Emergency Medicine for Travelers
22: Emergency Medicine for Travelers

Emergency department doctors have to stay especially vigilant when dealing with patients who have traveled abroad¬-especially in the developing world. Find out how they handle uncommon diseases and infections transmitted by mosquitoes, sexual activity, and more. Then, visit a ski clinic for a peek at some other travel-related emergencies....

30 min
Emergency Medicine Lessons from the Past
23: Emergency Medicine Lessons from the Past

What was emergency medicine like in the 1800s? Go back in time to the American Civil War for a glimpse at how military doctors and surgeons treated wounds and combatted infection. Compare these injuries and treatments to those of the Boston Marathon bombing. Also, contrast the medical treatment given to President Garfield after he was shot with the treatment Reagan received after his attempted ass...

32 min
Lessons from the Emergency Department
24: Lessons from the Emergency Department

It's time for your last shift in the emergency department. In this closing lecture, Dr. Benaroch uses several case studies to help you review the big-picture lessons of good emergency care you've learned throughout the course-lessons that have opened your eyes to the excitement and challenges of emergency medicine and that can help you take better care of yourself and your loved ones....

32 min
Roy Benaroch

Doctoring is about listening and paying attention. There's a lot to know, too-- but if you're not paying attention, you'll be misguided by what you think you already know. An open mind is a better diagnostic tool than one stuffed with facts


Emory University


Emory University

About Roy Benaroch

Dr. Roy Benaroch is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. He earned his B.S. in Engineering at Tulane University, followed by his M.D. at Emory University. He completed his residency through Emory University's affiliated hospitals in 1997, serving as chief resident and instructor of pediatrics in 1998. Board certified in general pediatrics in 1997, Dr. Benaroch practices full time at Pediatric Physicians, PC, located near Atlanta, Georgia. In his dual roles, he teaches medical students and residents at his practice and gives regular lectures to physician's assistants at Emory University.

Dr. Benaroch has published two books on parenting and pediatric health topics: Solving Health and Behavioral Problems from Birth through Preschool: A Parent's Guide and A Guide to Getting the Best Health Care for Your Child. He also has a blog for parents and health professionals at, and he has served as a featured expert on Dr. Benaroch also serves on the board of directors of the Cobb Health Futures Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to public health for people of all backgrounds.

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