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Hey all, As there seems to be a lot of growing interest in EM PA residencies across the country, I just thought I'd start this to (hopefully) offer answers to any burning questions you guys have about EM residency in general or at Iowa in particular. Ask away! I'll edit this initial post to include all Q&A to make it easier on the reader. Who I am: Year-1 EM PA resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC); Graduated from South University - Tampa C/O 2015; formerly trained as EMT, paramedic. ***Obligatory disclaimer: I do not represent UIHC, nor the EM P
Heyoo, I'm now into my 5th month in emergency medicine fresh out of school and there's one thing (among many) that my brain's not quite clicking on. When is it appropriate to have a patient sign out AMA versus just documenting the pros and cons of certain testing/treatments and discharging them to home. If you have a patient on coumadin sustain minor head injury and they refuse a CT scan, would you sign this patient out AMA or just document that you had a discussion at length regarding the importance of imaging and potential consequences of not getting a CT (disability/death)?