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Meet the Team


Alex Dzurik, MD

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Faculty Editor-in-Chief

Shyam Murali, MD

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Our Mission

The Mercy St. Vincent residents and faculty seek to provide our emergency medicine community with high-quality educational materials and critical appraisal of the latest research. We hope to foster an open environment conducive to sharing and learning different clinical practices, perspectives, and knowledge. As part of the Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) movement, we are proud to share our original educational materials free of charge.

Editorial Process

In an effort to create accurate and exceptional educational materials, we utilize a peer-review process involving both resident and faculty editors. When available, content experts will evaluate the post as well. These posts will then be clearly marked with an "Expert Peer Review" badge (borrowed from a role-model educational blog, ALiEM) and the name, title, and credentials of the reviewer. Editors may write additional commentary at the end of the post to provide more information or different perspectives. We strive to maintain high quality standards, similar to, but not limited to, those outlined in Thoma, et al (2015).

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Comment Guidelines

We invite you to participate in the discussion and provide your perspective on various topics. Please be respectful and professional with your comments. Comments that are derogatory or insulting will be removed. Please report any comments that are unprofessional or irrelevant.

HIPAA Compliance

This blog is HIPAA compliant. Clinical scenarios involving patients have either been fabricated by the authors or have been de-identified in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services Safe-Harbor Guidelines. Informed consent has been obtained for any patient photos posted on the site.  Should you have concern about a patient scenario or photo, please contact the website editors immediately.


This blog is the opinions of its authors and does not represent the views or opinions of Bon Secours Mercy Health. This blog should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing "standard of care" in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. Under no circumstances shall Mercy Health, Mercy St. Vincent EM residency members, any guest or contributors, or any employees, associates, or affiliates be responsible for damages arising from use of this blog.

While you may give your email address to subscribe to the website or post comments, your email address or personal information will never be shared with any third parties.

This blog does not accept any advertising money.

This disclaimer was written with assistance from multiple educational blogs including CoreEM, WolverEM, and TamingtheSRU. Thank you!

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