About MDaware

Seth Trueger, MD @MDaware
Emergency physician & health policy fellow in DC. Interests include social media for health professions, payment and delivery reform, crowding, airway, and resuscitation.

As part of my fellowship, I worked as a health fellow / legislative aide in the office of Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), 9/2013-3/2014. And yes, I still see patients.


Annals of Emergency Medicine:
As of January, 2014, I am Assistant Social Media Editor for Annals of EM.

EP Monthly:
Since January 1, 2013, I will also be serving as the Social Media (Twitter) Editor for Emergency Physicians Monthly. In this capacity, I will be writing tweets for the @epmonthly account; various people write for the account and all of my tweets will be signed "-ST". This is a compensated position, and views are my own and not those of any employer or association of mine, and the disclaimer below applies as well.

DC ACEP:
As of May, 2013, I am an at-large member of the District of Columbia Chapter ACEP Board of Directors. All of my opinions expressed here (or anywhere, really) are mine alone and not anyone else's.




Etymology for the uninitiated:

The term "MD aware" is used in clinical medicine to relay that a physician has been notified of some sort of information. For example, after noting a change in status or a new lab or vital sign value, the nurse tells the doctor and document "finger stick 37, MD aware" to record that the doctor has been told.

All too frequently, nurses are compelled -- mostly by institutional guidelines -- to notify physicians of minor status changes, or lab alert values that have little to no clinical relevance; in this instance, many physicians will indicate both their receipt of the new (but unimportant) information, as well as acknowledge the perfunctory nature of the exchange by responding "MD aware." For example, "I hate to bother you, but the patient's finger stick is 131" (technically elevated but -- particularly in the ED -- clinically irrelevant) "Thanks; MD aware."


Matt Pirotte, MD
Emergency physician in Chicago. Interests include all things ED critical care, including procedures and vascular access.



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Much of the above is adapted and/or taken verbatim from Andy Neill and Steve Carroll

This pretty much applies.