CRACKCast & Physicians as Humans on CanadiEM

CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.



      CRACKCast E128 - Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders

      This episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen's Chapter 120, Thyroid and Adrenal disorders. This episode is going to have a nice breakdown of how each of these major endocrine glands can go haywire and what to do when the storm approaches. The shownotes also have some additional material worth checking out!



      CRACKCast E127 - Rhabdomyolysis

      This 127th episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s 9th edition, Chapter 119, Rhabdomyolysis. Although usually benign, rhabdomyolysis can have deadly complications. Acute kidney injury and hyperkalemia are accompanied by high mortality. At-risk patients (see the "MUSCLE Breakdown" mnemonic) may present with muscle pain or altered mentation.



      episode 126: CRACKCast E126 – Diabetes Mellitus and Disorders of Glucose Homeostasis

      Core questions:


      Define DKA. List 6 potential triggers of DKA. Describe the pathophysiology of DKA. (Fig 118.1) How is DKA managed in children? In adults? What are the epidemiologic risk factors for cerebral edema in DKA? What are signs and symptoms of cerebral edema? How do you manage a pt with DKA and suspected cerebral edema? List 5 complications of DKA management List five common serious infections in diabetics and how they are managed. How does ...



      episode 125: CRACKCast E125 – Electrolyte Disorders

      Core questions

      What are the five most common causes of hyperkalemia?

      Describe the ECG features seen with hyperkalemia. List at least 5.

      How is hyperkalemia managed? How does each intervention work, and how long do the effects typically last?

      What are the five most common causes of hypokalemia?

      Describe the ECG features seen with hypokalemia. List at least 4.

      How is hypokalemia managed?

      What are the three main types of hypernatremia? ...



      CRACKCast E124 - Acid Base Disorderw

      This episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s Chapter 124, Acid Base Disorders. This chapter covers a simple approach to acid base disorders and ABG interpretation, including the differential diagnosis for the identified disorders & treatment options.



      CRACKCAST E123 - Selected Oncologic Emergencies

      This 123rd episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s 9th edition, Chapter 115, Selected Oncologic Emergencies. With an ever aging population, cancer incidence continues to rise. Therapies continue to prolong life often with high risks of side effects, and emergency physicians need to be equipped to treat complications of this treatment and importantly cancer morbidity itself.



      episode 122: CRACKCast E122 – Disorders of Hemostasis

      Episode Overview:


      List 10 causes of Thrombocytopenia List 6 causes of Thrombocytosis Describe the presentation and treatment of HIT, ITP and TTP Describe what causes an abnormal PT? What causes an abnormal PTT? Describe the deficiency and management of Hemophilia A, Hemophilia B, and vWD Describe the management of a major and minor bleed in hemophilia A List 4 items in cryoprecipitate List  adjunctive therapies in DIC




      How do you dif...



      CRACKCast E121 - Anemia, Polycythemia and WBC disorders

      This 121st episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s 9th edition, Chapter 112 and 113, Anemia, Polycythemia, and White Blood Cell Disorders. These blood disorders are numerous and this episode attempts to break their classification and approach down in a systematic manner.



      episode 120: CRACKCast E120 – Dermatologic Presentations

      This episode covers Chapter 110 of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine (9th Ed.), Dermatologic Presentations. 

      Episode Overview

      List five broad categories of rashes

      Describe the primary skin lesion types 

      a. Bonus: What are the secondary skin lesions (show notes only)

      List systemic diseases that present with cutaneous signs for each of the following locations:

      Generalized rash

      Head and neck



      Palms a...



      CRACKCast E119 - Allergy & Anaphylaxis

      Episode 119 of CRACKCast covers chapter 109 of Rosen's Emergency Medicine 9th edition.

      Its hard to go a couple hours in the ED without seeing allergy or that life-threatening anaphylaxis, so you need to be tres familiar with this entity!!!