Future of UCEM Decided

Today, at Enlightenment Boulevard near Pyongyang, standing before a joyous throng, Egerton Y. Davis IV made a momentous announcement.

“Following an emergency meeting of the UCEM Council Executive —  which lasted a record 14 days, 13 hours and 23 minutes — the members of the Executive have cast their votes and have reached a unanimous decision. On their behalf, I am pleased to confirm that the online home of UCEM shall remain at litfl.com.”

The joyous throng

The throng went strangely silent. Then a few muffled cries were heard.

“But we thought were were going to move to the world’s greatest medical blog, EMCrit?”

The throngs began to go wild with anger.

“Or what about the world’s best new medical blog, ZDoggMD?”

Egerton adjusted his gas mask and adopted an attitude that demanded silence. The throng fell silent.

“The Council Executive has not made this decision lightly. Indeed, we had to sit through a 143 hour opening address by Sir Hubert Ignatius Thompson III that even Fidel Castro would have been proud of. We have contemplated all the cons, and promulgated all the pros.”

“We know that the LITFL team has fallen on hard times — what with @precordialthump piling on the pounds over Christmas by failing to adhere to the ELF diet, and @sandnsurf getting a new job as a tackle bag for the Wallabies, and @antidoped experiencing some nasty side-effects after taking one too many toughen up pills… But we at UCEM are not a bunch of Fernando Torres turncoats… We know that at the end of the storm there is a golden sky.”

The throngs were joyous again, as they watched Egerton triumphantly step down from the podium.

Meanwhile, rumours circulating among the free press suggest that the Council Executive ballot boxes were burned following the arrival of a shipment of hot pink Life in the Fast Lane Y-fronts at Enlightment Boulevard…

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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