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Dr Andrew Coggins – Emergency Physician


#FOAMed Nerd

Graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2005.  Interests include trauma, crisis resource management, in-situ simulation and innovation in medical education

Fears include Sharks and Jenga


Associate Editor 

Dr David (Toby) Thomas – Emergency Physician


Ultrasound and ECG Nutter

Born 1880

Graduated from The University of Hard Knocks in 1903

Fears – Cars and Central Lines

Dr David Thomas

Website and Informatics Support

Kyi Thant – Medical Student

Like: Patients, IT, Cooking, Creating arts, RPGs and Cookies
Hate: Long Cases and Murphy’s law

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This site was started on a whim by staff at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.


It is used by and contributed to by health care practitioners around the world.  Some of the content is spun in a Australasian manner but should be relevant to clinical practice in all corners of the globe.  We sincerely hope you find something useful on our site.  Thanks for reading the blog and posting your comments.



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5 thoughts on “EmergencyPedia

  1. Dear Andrew
    Some of our well meaning colleagues have questioned our Method of education back home as a possible reason for our high failure rate.
    If the method of our education was so different to Medical education in Australia then how come Drs from same education system are so successful in other specialtiy exams For Example ICU, Anaesthetics, orthopaedics,plastic surgery Physicians, gynaecology etc etc.
    These are the specialities which are much sought after compared to ED.
    All of my colleagues who started with me in other specialties from same education system are now consultants for at least last 4-5 years.
    I am yet to meet someone from my country who has not passed their speciality exam apart from ED.
    I will wait to hear your thoughts.

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