REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Mega Summary – Part 2

Take Home Points

  • Emergency medicine revolves around the differential diagnosis
  • History and physical exam should significantly narrow your differential diagnosis
  • Have an idea of what specific diagnoses are being ruled out when ordering diagnostic tests
  • Always consider the most life-threatening and most common disease processes first – we are a rule out specialty
  • “Red flags” are key historical or physical exam findings that put one at a higher risk for certain conditions
  • You have a finite number of shifts as a learner.  Challenge yourself to learn something new every day!

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Mega Summary Part 2

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Eric Steinberg, DO
Program Director – St. Joseph’s Emergency Medicine Residency
Director, Imaging Curriculum – Foundations of Emergency Medicine
Editorial Board – MDCalc
ALL NYC EM Faculty

Joseph Habboushe, MD, MBA
Cofounder & CEO, MDCalc
Creator & Editor in Chief, EMRA’s Basics of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY

Post Peer Reviewed By: Anand Swaminathan, MD (Twitter: @EMSwami)

Cite this article as: Ellsworth Wright, "REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Mega Summary – Part 2", REBEL EM blog, June 1, 2022. Available at:
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Ellsworth Wright

Emergency Physician at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

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