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So, you want to be an Outback Retrieval Doctor?

(Cross posted from Minh Le Cong's PHARM)

Hi folks!

Ever wanted to be a Royal Flying Doctor and do Outback Retrieval Medicine?

Well we have an unique opportunity for you to have a regular taste of this work but not have to change your life nor move house!

In RFDS Mt Isa base in far northwest Queensland, we have casual and permanent part time positions available for aeromedical doctors to do fly in/out shift work.

1-2 weeks of pure aeromedical retrieval and telemedicine then fly home and return to your normal routine.

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ETMCourse Sample iBook

With the ETM course kick off approaching, we thought we would put out a teaser of our course manual...

ETM Course Manual - Sample Version iBook - Click Here 

ETM Course Manual - Sample Version PDF  - Click Here

This book has been designed to take advantage of the excellent iBooks app on the iPad, as well as the native app on a Mac running the new OS X Mavericks.

Download the above link to the desktop of your pc or mac, and transfer to your iPad over iTunes (drag and drop), and voila, it's ready to view. Or alternatively download on your mac running the new OS X Mavericks, and just open in iBooks on your Mac. There is a PDF version too, but highly recommend you use the iBook version if you can. We are only just beginning to realise the power of this format, and have some awesome updates planned over the coming months. 

Don't forget you can still register for the ETM Course, in Melbourne (what are you waiting for!!?)

2014 dates have just been added for January, February and March.

You will also be able to catch Andy Buck and I at SMACC GOLD in March 2014.

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News from ETM HQ for forthcoming trauma course

Barry the thoracotomy skeleton can't take the excitement!

It's all systems go at ETM HQ, we are fast approaching the inaugural ETM course on 15th November, and we are aiming to kick off with a bang!

After a successful test day on the 20th October with some highly motivated candidates and instructors, we are in the final phases of preparation, and registrations are open. The first 2 courses are already booked out, and we have just announced another course in January. 

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ETM Course Registrations Live :)

Just a quick message to let you know that registrations now open for the Emergency Trauma Management (ETM) Course are now open. 

The first courses will be held on:

Friday November 15th to Sunday November 17th, 2013 - No spaces left!

Friday December  13th to Sunday December 15th, 2013 - No spaces left!

Friday January  17th to Sunday January 19th, 2014 - Book now

How much?
We're aware the course is new and untested, and as such, we are offering a big discount on the first two courses, book now for the November or December course and pay only $1350.00(AUD)

From January onwards the price will increase to $1999

The first ETM Courses will be held over 3 days at ETM HQ at 530 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

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Calcaneal Injuries (with a chocolatey twist)

The calcaneus is one of the thicker bones in the body. To fracture it takes a lot of force. The main mechanism that causes this fracture is a fall from a significant height, which delivers an axial load that can travel up the body and cause significant associated injuries.

Associated Injuries

  • Vertebral fractures – cervical, thoracic, lumbar. In particular crush fractures of the thoraco-lumbar spine
  • Other lower limb fractures: tibia, fibula, femur
  • Pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Fracture of the contralateral calcaneum (always check both feet!)
  • Compartment syndrome of the foot
  • Fracture blisters (blistering of the skin due to oedema/swelling – can lead to soft tissue infection/osteomyelitis)
  • Soft tissue injury – ligamentous instability

Diagnostic Challenges

Conventional X-ray will diagnose most calcaneal fractures, however you must maintain a high index of suspicion in anyone with a suggestive history, who is unable to bear weight on their heel.  A “normal” x-ray does not exclude a calcaneal fracture, and CT will often reveal occult fractures.

Head on over to ETMCourse site for full post

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