Although UCEM are reassured that their ELF regimen for weight loss is gradually gaining wider acceptance, the college is concerned that the ELF message is not being communicated according to utopian ideals.
This concern is based on reports such as this from New Zealand:
A foul-mouthed New Zealand surgeon has been reprimanded after swearing at a severely obese patient…
The doctor said f— at least three times to the Maori woman after she told him she didn’t like the word “diet” and preferred the term “lifestyle”.
He told her she was, “going on a f—ing diet”.
In the letter of complaint, the woman wrote: “[The doctor] said if I couldn’t handle the word diet then he challenged my motivation and stated that I would never survive surgery because I was still bullshitting myself and therefore my thinking was still f—ed”.
– Read the full story at the New Zealand Herald.
In a press release today, Assistant Sub-Professor Egerton Yorick Davis IV confirmed that UCEM were currently working on a Communication Skills program to ensure that MUPPETs achieve their core competencies and to prevent such misunderstandings from happening in the future. Davis IV stressed that no matter how obesive a patient is, those aspiring to become Fellows of UCEM must refrain from dropping F-bombs on their patients.
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.