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What Every Provider Should Know

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Access to this Course is for Health Care Providers

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About This Course

Regardless of where physicians practice they are expected to be calm, cool, and collected when confronted with undifferentiated, critically ill patients. Medical education in most countries however, focuses on approaching patients in a methodical, time intensive manner. Although this approach can be effective for certain patients and settings, it can prove disastrous during those moments when time is of the essence. The specialty of Emergency Medicine (EM) centers on rapidly sorting, assessing, and stabilizing undifferentiated patients regardless of the etiology of their condition. Designed by educational leaders in the field of EM, this course is designed to teach healthcare providers the necessary skills to recognize and manage patients with life-threatening emergencies.

“Emergency Care: What Every Provider Should Know” features high quality video lectures, online case scenarios with questions, a discussion forum, and the chance to demonstrate your knowledge by testing to achieve a statement of accomplishment. A detailed syllabus is provided, which focuses on the most clinically relevant information. Lectures and materials are all online allowing students the flexibility to proceed at their own pace and schedule. Case-based discussions are initiated with a video presentation of an undifferentiated patient. Key decisions and studies are highlighted and student responses may also be posted for other course participants and faculty to review. Video discussions of the online cases with an expert clinician provide practical answers and insightful commentary. Emphasis is placed on a methodical approach to patient evaluation and the importance of time-sensitive emergency interventions. Common medical myths and pitfalls are also addressed throughout the course. This course can easily be taught to individual providers, or arranged for groups of providers or students within their hospitals, medical schools or universities. Providers working together and taking the course as a group have the advantage of institutional support, and the chance to reinforce key concepts during their clinical practice.


No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Staff

Matthew Strehlow MD

Dr. Strehlow is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine/Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Unit. He is actively involved in the development of Emergency Medicine internationally and Co-Directs the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Strehlow’s areas of interest include emergency cardiology, critical care, and education. He has served as Chair of the California American College of Emergency Physicians Education Committee. Additionally, Dr. Strehlow lectures regularly both nationally and internationally receiving multiple teaching awards including the American College of Emergency Medicine Rising Star Speaking Award and the Stanford University Emergency Medicine Resident Teaching Award.

S.V. Mahadevan MD

Dr. Mahadevan, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine/Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, has written, traveled, and taught widely, presenting over 400 invited lectures worldwide and authoring over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and multimedia publications. He is lead editor of the textbook, An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine, which was awarded the 2006 American Medical Writer’s Association Award: Physician’s Category as the top medical textbook in the United States for all specialties. Dr. Mahadevan has received numerous prestigious national and international teaching awards including the Council of Residency Director’s (CORD) National Faculty Teaching Award (2003), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Faculty Teaching Award (2012), California ACEP Education Award (2011), the Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine Resident Bedside Teaching Award (2003), the Denise O'Leary Award for Excellence (2012), the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award: Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine (2012).

Rebecca Walker MD,MPH

Rebecca Walker is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has a background in International Studies/Global Public Health Leadership at the University of North Carolina, and completed a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Global Health at Stanford. Dr. Walker’s academic focus is on the development of international emergency care systems. She has worked in systems development for health provider education and prehospital emergency systems in the Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, India, and Peru. She lectures nationally and internationally on the delivery of emergency care and social determinants contributing to inequities in health outcomes. At Stanford, she directs the scholarship of physician leaders from abroad through Stanford’s International Visiting Scholar Program and co-directs the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this course help me save lives?

Yes. Following this course you will have the essential knowledge and skills to stabilize patients during emergency situations drawing on key concepts shared by EM experts.

Is a textbook required?

No. A textbook is not required for the course. An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine however, serves as an excellent reference for this course by covering core concepts in a complaint-based manner.

As a non-Stanford student, will I receive course certification?

Yes. Students outside of Stanford University who complete the course and receive a passing grade will receive a Certificate of Course Completion from Stanford Emergency Medicine International. Certificates are not diplomas and do not count as credits toward a Stanford University degree.

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    Emergency Care
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  3. Estimated Effort

    6 hrs/wk - 1 unit, 12 hrs/wk - 2 units
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