Key Resources for Emergency Medicine Providers

One of the essential skills an emergency medicine provider can develop is knowing what resources are available and correctly and efficiently utilizing those resources in your time of need.

You need to know where your ultrasound and associated supplies are stored to quickly perform a FAST exam as soon as a trauma patient arrives. You need to know who your general surgeon on call is and how to contact them, in order to get your newly diagnosed case of appendicitis admitted and to the operating room. Most of your patients may not individually need a bedside ultrasound or surgical consultation, but when you have a patient who does need it, you have to be ready to mobilize these resources quickly.

Likewise, you need to learn about and develop a system for how to look up answers when you have clinical questions about diagnosis and treatment of both common and rare presentations of emergency medicine cases. One of the hardest things about emergency medicine is never knowing what you will take care of next, including relatively rare disease processes, particularly those you haven’t seen before or studied in a long time. While many folks may refer back to hard-copy printed textbooks for reference when these clinical questions of “what do I do next” arise, an increasing number of incredibly useful resources are available online and can improve your efficiency in both learning outside of the hospital as well as calling upon them during a busy shift to answer the “what next” conundrum.

Outlined below are a number of resources I have found helpful, and you might as well. Some of these are paid while many are free, and all should be available digital formats. As the world of online medical education continues to grow, you may find others, including this website, have the answers you need, when you need them. Finding answers to your questions when you most need it is a really valuable skill that will enhance your clinical practice.


UpToDate requires a subscription but may be available for some individuals for free through institutional logins. Despite its relatively high price, this is my favorite resource and is great for questions around diagnosis (including differential diagnosis) and treatment recommendations. A phone application is also incredibly helpful on the go.


Orthobullets is a great quick reference for injuries and orthopedic complaints. For example, they can give you guidance on the recommended management of a specific fracture. Most everything an EM provider would need is accessible for free, though there are paid portions of the website.


Radiopaedia is incredibly helpful when looking for the best radiologic study to answer your clinical question, and can also provide guidance in interpreting imaging once it has been obtained. They also have lots of example images that show both normal and pathologic findings, which is really helpful when trying to analyze imaging studies.

Below is a list of other websites that you might consider using, particularly for an emergency medicine perspective on important EM topics. Please remember that many of these sites are in a blog format and individual blog posts will vary in their level of scientific evidence with a base in peer-reviewed literature versus an author’s opinion and practice. Most all will utilize references in their posts and can help you delineate what content is following the standard practice versus a newly developing opinion or approach. Some of the best online EM content to consider:

Although there are dozens and dozens of podcasts that contain valuable content in emergency medicine, the standard-bearer has been EM:RAP. Though this resource requires a subscription, it does come with a native phone application and is free for EMRA members as a part of your membership, and their C3 (continuous core content) series is great for the highest yield topics in emergency medicine. Also, the Crackcast series systematically walks through Rosens and is a great adjunct or review tool.

Lastly, consider hardcopy or electronic versions of the foundational textbooks of emergency medicine: Rosen’s and Tintinalli’s. Also, the procedural textbooks ​Roberts & Hedges, or Reichman’s Emergency Medicine Procedures, cover all procedures, from basic to complex, that are within the scope of the practice of emergency medicine.

Cite this article as: J. Austin Lee, USA, "Key Resources for Emergency Medicine Providers," in International Emergency Medicine Education Project, May 24, 2019,, date accessed: December 2, 2023

Wellness Books For Medical Students

We recently asked FOAMed family!

Dear #FOAMed family. Which books are you recommending for medical students for wellness, wellbeing, life-work balance? @umanamd @EM_Educator @amalmattu @srrezaie @TracySansonMD @CriticalCareNow @SocraticEM @EM_RESUS @EMEducation @Core_EM @emcrit @EMSwami @ALiEMteam @EMManchester

— iem-student (@iem_student) April 9, 2019

Thanks to all FOAMed leaders and enthusiasts for their answers. We received fantastic book recommendations for our students.

Although some of the books are not directly related to wellness, their content indirectly guides you to be more competent, mindful, grateful, happy in order to reach your life long wellbeing.

Here are amazing recommendations through twitter responses! (alphabetical order)

  • Being mortal
  • Daring greatly
  • Deep survival
  • Deep work
  • Designing your life
  • Enjoy every sandwich
  • Everything happens for a reason
  • Extreme ownership
  • Factfulness
  • Getting things done
  • Grit
  • How to win friends & influence people
  • How will you measure your life
  • Ikigai
  • In shock
  • Inclusion and diversity in workplace
  • Leaders eat last
  • Man’s search for meaning
  • Mindset
  • No ego
  • Peak
  • Rigor mortis
  • The 7 habits of highly effective people
  • The power of habit
  • The upside of stress
  • When breath becomes air
  • Why we sleep

You can find exact twitter messages including authors of the books below.

Recent Top Reads…

1. Why We Sleep.
2. Peak.
3. How to Win Friends & Influence People.
4. The Power of Habit.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
6. Being Mortal.
7. Extreme Ownership.

– and audiobook thats shiz, let someone else do the reading 🤓

— Tiarnán Byrne (@TiarnanByrne) April 9, 2019

For the mentioned theme: How Will You Measure Your Life by @claychristensen; No Ego by @CyWakeman; Designing Your Life; I know @akkalantari really likes The Upside of Stress by @kellymcgonigal (it’s on my read this year pile…)

— Rob Cooney, MD, MEd (@EMEducation) April 9, 2019

In Shock by Rana Awdish. When the doctor becomes a patient with a critical illness.

— Larissa Velez (@LvelezEM) April 9, 2019

I would say When Breath Becomes Air. Highlights our field’s purpose, the role of humanity within patient-doctor interactions, and the importance of how we choose to spend our numbered days and how it impacts our family.

— Brian Gilberti (@User238345) April 9, 2019

@stemlyns resuscitationist’s guide to wellbeing is particularly good.
Busy by Geoff Crabbe. (productive does not mean inbox zero)
Daring greatly @BreneBrown
Emotional agility Susan David

— Louise Rang (@RangLouise) April 9, 2019

Amazing book recommendations for wellness and beyond. I like to add DEEP SURVIVAL-Laurence Gonzales, FACTFULNESS-Hans Rosling, IKIGAI-H.Garcia & F.Miralles, GETTING THINGS DONE-David Allen.

— Arif Alper Cevik (@drcevik) April 10, 2019

It’s an awesome book about being grateful….

It’s amazing.

— Rob Rogers, M.D. 🎤🎧 (@EM_Educator) April 9, 2019

IMO every medical student should be required to read (or listen to audio-book) Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends & Influence People” before being allowed to graduate; this would make you a better physician than reading ANY medical textbook. I still re-read this every few years.

— Amal Mattu (@amalmattu) April 9, 2019

Grit @angeladuckw + Mindset – Carol Dweck
Not standard “wellness” books but, they teach us important lessons about learning to succeed after failure, being flexible in how we think that have greatly contributed to my inner balance

— Anand Swaminathan (@EMSwami) April 9, 2019

Reading “In Shock” now and will be recommending to my medical students.

— Haney Mallemat (@CriticalCareNow) April 10, 2019

Leaders Eat Last by @simonsinek ; Being Mortal by @Atul_Gawande ; Deep Work by Cal Newport; Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace by @jenniferbrown and Daring Greatly by @BreneBrown That’s just for this month. And Rigor Mortis-not a wellness book, but a must read. #FOAMed

— Kinjal Sethuraman (@KinjNS) April 9, 2019

This book helps put everything in life in perspective.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

— William F Toon (@wftoon) April 9, 2019

Everything happens for a reason @KatecBowler Because life and each day we get to have this relationship with our patients is a gift.

— Amber Bowman (@AmberLBowman96) April 10, 2019

Here is the full list, again!

  1. Being mortal
  2. Daring greatly
  3. Deep survival
  4. Deep work
  5. Designing your life
  6. Enjoy every sandwich
  7. Everything happens for a reason
  8. Extreme ownership
  9. Factfulness
  10. Getting things done
  11. Grit
  12. How to win friends & influence people
  13. How will you measure your life
  14. Ikigai
  15. In shock
  16. Inclusion and diversity in workplace
  17. Leaders eat last
  18. Man’s search for meaning
  19. Mindset
  20. No ego
  21. Peak
  22. Rigor mortis
  23. The 7 habits of highly effective people
  24. The power of habit
  25. The upside of stress
  26. When breath becomes air
  27. Why we sleep

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