Author Credentials

Author name, academic rank and institution for each writer.


List the objectives of the self-study module phrased in a way which could complete the sentence, “Upon finishing this module, the student will be able to…” and describes easily observable/measurable behavior.

For example:
– Discuss the use of the d-dimer in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolus


Introduce the topic and its relevance to Emergency Medicine. Briefly describe what chief complaints this disease may present with and the differential diagnoses associated with it.

Initial Actions and Primary Survey

Briefly describe the initial steps taken when a patient presents with the suspected disease process even if the diagnosis is not yet confirmed. For instance, ordering an EKG on a patient with chest pain or placing a collar on a trauma patient.


Describe the classic “textbook” presentation of relevant history and physical. If you can, comment on the sensitivity or specificity of any findings. Make special note of any features that can be used to rule-in (pathognomoic) or rule-out the disease process, if such exist. Also note any variations on the normal presentation.

Diagnostic Testing

Describe the various testing modalities available to the Emergency, their limitations and their appropriate interpretation. Again make special note of any testing which can be used to rule-in or rule-out the disease process. Include any clinical scoring systems if they exist. (We can build calculators into the site as well).


Describe emergency department treatment options and summarize any further definitive treatment provided by subsequent services.

Pearls and Pitfalls

Bullet pointed important information


A short list of important articles with the PubMed links / ID.

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