New Years Day Honours 2018

The honorary award of Fellowship of the Utopian College of Emergency for Medicine (F.UCEM)

The first Fifty F.UCEM’s are Grandfather awards for the fifty fondling members who have demonstrated the excellence in their respected fields and uphold the ideals of the Utopian Collegesupremus totus vindicatum haud officium

These lauded individuals have the right to bear the UCEM logo and dancing shoes; to attend the Molvanian Conference and to be included in the UCEM Podcast Directory

International honours (26)

  • ZDoggMD: for being way funnier than placebo, for providing the ultimate medical school smackdown in a graduation gown, and for not realising his name is actually pronounced Zed-Dogg-MD. [@ZdoggMD] [ZDoggMD]
  • Scott Weingart: the legend behind EMCrit.org and poster boy for the care of the critically ill in the emergency department. Scott receives this award for providing the inspiration for UCEM’s ‘Downstairs Patients, Upstairs!‘ paradigm. [@emcrit] [EMCrit.org]
  • Mel Herbert: Emergency medicine edumacator extraordinaire; for giving the world EMRAP, his willingness to embrace trans-gender issues and his love of cream puffs. [@MelHerbert] [EMRAP]
  • Stuart Swadron: for being able to survive as Mel Herbert’s conjoined twin for so long on EMRAP, for replacing confusing complicity with meaningful simplicity whenever he opens his mouth, and for being Canadian.
  • Aaron Bright: for having shiny teeth and endeavouring to heal the world through vodcasts
  • Ves Dimov: for towering over the world of medical blogging and social networking like a colossus. [@DrVes]
  • Leon Gussow: recipient of double honours for winning the Staghorn challenge and inspiring UCEM’s Poison Preview project. [@poisonreview]
  • Michelle Lin: for being a crack emergency medicine educationalist and helping MUPPETS and F.UCEMs stay out of academic strife with her amazing blog. [@m_lin]
  • Franz Wiesbauer: for being one of the Austrian gurus behind 123sonography for bringing echocardiographic happiness to the masses!
  • Thomas Binder: for contributions to crime scene echocardiography and for reminding the LITFL team of the brilliance of Hans Gruber from ‘Die Hard’
  • Graham Walker: for generally being a smart-arse. Ahead of his time, this F.UCEM sets the benchmark for the next generation of Utopian physicians [@GrahamWalker] [MDCalc]
  • Billy Mallon: for generally oozing F.UCEM-ness and for his inordinate ability to start a riot… Whether that be through decrying the ‘medicinification‘ of emergency medicine or claiming that children ARE just small adults
  • Francesca Ambrosini: for being a tireless supporter of LITFL from Day 1 and for being THE staunchest exponent of UCEM ideals in the world [@fnyc]
  • Robyn Flach: for being the co-winner of the Staghorn Challenge and the first F.UCEM who never had to go to medical school, and for proving it’s actually possible to look good in an UCEM T-shirt! [@justrobyn]
  • Anton Helman: for being Canadian and for giving the world Emergency Medicine Cases
  • Mark Crislip: for being the ‘pus whisperer’ and for doling out a Gobbet O’ Pus with dazzling consistency.
  • Rob Rogers: for exemplary execution of the EMRAP Educator’s Edition and flagrantly providing Visual Diagnosis Fun [EMRAP EE]
  • Suman Biswas : for being a lyricist, vocalist, pianist and Anaesthetist. The nice one from Amateur Transplants. Works include London Underground, Anaesthetist Hymn and Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin [@amateursuman]
  • Mike Winters: for sounding really cool on EMRAP Critical Care, for scaring the hell out of every F.UCEM on earth with his EMRAP talk on the post-tracheostomy bleeder, and for having actually heard of LITFL. [EMRAP CC]
  • David Thorisson: for waving the emergency medicine flag in Scandinavia while achieving a state of Priceless Electrical Activity [PEA]
  • Jeffrey Guy : for finding nothing too hot to handle and for never losing his breath despite pumping out a plethora of podcasts. [@burndoc] [burndoc.net]
  • Shadow Fax: for Movin’ Meat in the world of emergency medicine blogging better than anyone. [Movin’ Meat][@MovinMeat]
  • Bishan Rajapakse: for applying UCEM principles in Sri Lanka and for giving resuscitation skills to those who need them most. [@TrainTheTrainer]
  • Scanman: for critiquing LITFL’s radiology posts while most other LITFL readers were still wearing nappies. [@Scanman]

Australasian honours (12)

  • Dave Mountain: for his unnerving ability to find a camera or TV crew, cock his head to one side and sound vaguely knowledgeable.
  • Trevor Jackson: for bringing the HTFU mentality to emergency medicine education, reminding us that Jesus Saves, and for providing some funtabulous frivolity.
  • Jim Cooper : for winning the Essentials iPad and reminding Mel Herbert about his disastrous first marriage to a sheep.
  • Steve Dunjey: for being the cuddliest, most awesome emergency medicine guru ever!
  • James Rippey: for services to practicising emergency medicine entirely in the dark and for encourage people to ‘Go West’
  • Michelle Johnston: for bringing medical conferences into the 25th century! [@Eleytherius]
  • Cliff Reid: of Resus.ME fame, for managing to excel at providing resuscitation medicine education despite working in the sky, having the attention span of a bullet and thinking that he lives in a cartoon. [@cliffreid]
  • Robbo: of BitingTheDust fame, for surviving an accidental verapamil overdose despite the care provided by the LITFL team and for not holding a grudge against his former psychiatric surgeon Egerton Y. Davis IV.
  • Noel Eatough: for having such a large head… One can only assume that it comes with a commensurate amount of grey matter. [@DrNoelE]
  • Nat Thurtle: for furthering UCEM principles while combating the lead poisoning epidemic in the Nigeria.
  • Tim Minchin: for being a musci-comedic genius, for being Western Australian and for creating a Storm wherever he goes. [@timminchin]
  • Conor Hagan: for services to Emergency Department nutritional awareness and his Nightshift Energy Food.

LITFL Team members (10)

  • Mike Cadogan: for managing to keep LITFL afloat despite (or because of?) his Welshness, his incomprehensibility to most human beings, his intractable insomnia and his gnat-sized attention span.
  • Chris Nockson: for leaving New Zealand for Australia, thus increasing the average IQs of both countries, and for striving to achieve a complete alphabet of post-nominal letters
  • Ed Burns: for services to the artform of ECG interpretation.
  • Tim Inglis (aka the MicroGnome): for intrepid adventures into field microbiology with Labs Without Walls and manfully accepting the consequences of such actions
  • Oli Flower: for showing that being the recipient of repeated head trauma makes one an ideal candidate for NeuroICU.
  • Kane Guthrie: for services to nursing, fundamental review, research and literature appraisal
  • Paul Young: for performing a cost-effectiveness analysis of his own biomechanical fragility, which meant he became a doctor in order to save on his own health costs. If things had turned out differently we wouldn’t have the ICU Mind Maps or the Critical Care Drug Manual.
  • Jarrad Hall aka Commander Harrison Biscuit III: for demonstrating that one can still be a functioning member of society regardless of the severity of one’s impediments.
  • Tor Ercleve: for managing to be part of the web-education revolution despite still using BetaMax video tapes and having no idea about BookFace or Twittles
  • Peter Allely: for surviving so long despite being on a Mafia hit list since his post on ‘The Other SEPSIS’.

Utopian College of Emergency for Medicine

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health and 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 two amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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