A Suggested ACEM Reading List

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BASIC
  • Recognising, evaluating and managing classic patterns of common uncomplicated disease e.g. peptic ulcer disease
  • Recognising, evaluating for, ruling in/out, managing common/important differentials e.g. acute coronary syndrome, biliary colic
References: Handbooks e.g. Fulde, Oxford Handbooks, Therapeutic Guidelines
PROVISIONAL
  • Recognising atypical patterns of common disease e.g. anginal variants
References: Clinical Examination e.g. Talley & O’Connor; Handbooks on diagnostics e.g. Raby, Hampton; EM Subspecialty Guides e.g. Eye Emergency Manual
ADVANCED – EARLY PHASE
  • Manage common complications of common disease e.g. acute gallstone pancreatitis
  • Recognising, evaluating for, ruling in/out, managing unusual differentials e.g. gastric volvulus
  • Develop a systematic approach to evaluating undifferentiated disease e.g. upper abdominal pain
  • Develop a risk stratification process for an undifferentiated problem e.g. Blatchford score for upper GI bleeding
References: Core Australian EM Textbooks e.g. Cameron and Jelinek; Core Australian ICU Textbook e.g. Te Oh; Acute Care Workshops e.g. ETM, ALS, APLS
   
ADVANCED – LATE PHASE
  • Evaluating and managing unusual causes of common diseases e.g. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and recurrent peptic ulcer
  • Anticipating/Recognising , evaluating and preventing/managing unusual/complex complications of common disease e.g. perforated peptic ulcer, catastrophic upper GI bleeding, aorto-enteric fistula
References: Standard International EM Textbooks; Subspecialty Textbooks
* Managing = Resuscitation +/- Definitive Treatment +/- Prognostication +/- Disposition/Follow-up Plan +/-Patient Education

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