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Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine

Experience for yourself the high-stakes drama, scientific detective work, and medical insights of life in an everyday emergency department.
Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 92.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Presenter in The Great Courses Lineup Dr Beneroch is the best presenter of all the Great Courses I have taken. Always interesting and thorough. this is the third of his courses I have seen. Would buy the next one in an instant.
Date published: 2023-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Information To Know I've been purchasing Teaching Company products for about 25 years. The presenter fortunately is VERY good at using a teleprompter. He's not giving a true lecture, but a totally canned presentation like so many Great Courses products appear to be these days. You could just as well read a prepared transcript and save the time sitting through all the presentations. However, if that doesn't bother you, the course is very interesting in that it contains a lot of practical and useful information that you need to know before you ever visit an Emergency Room again.
Date published: 2022-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emergency Medicine. This course is better than I ever imagined. While the book is very well done, the lectures are really great. BRAVO! I will be referring back to this material for years to come. Thank you.
Date published: 2022-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Winner with Dr. Roy Benaroch! This is the second course I have taken presented by Dr .Roy. Like the first course it is a learning experience each segment. I am learning in depth the magical workings of the human body.
Date published: 2022-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun; reasonably informative I have a medical sciences background, although that was decades ago. Still, I have no experience of emergency medicine, beyond being shouted at by paramedics to keep out of the way. So, although a lot of background was familiar to me, I still found the presentation interesting and informative. I don't think this course would be much use to you if you're actively practising medicine, but I think almost anybody else should find it interesting. If you actually are a practitioner, I would recommend the audio presentations by Hippo Education, which I also follow. The presenter is articulate and clearly competent. The choice of cases is apposite, and exposes a good range or emergency problems. I should say that snake bites are rare here in London, but I guess there are many places where they are more problematic. All the other issues addressed, I think, would be universal. My one complaint (sorry) is that there's really little benefit in having the video version. There's little visual material, and none that is really explanatory. If I were buying again, I would save a little money and go for the audio.
Date published: 2022-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best class ever My grandfather bought this by mistake and ended up giving it to me and I fell in love with this class. I always love the medical field. I have friends and family who are medical professionals from nurses to doctors to even first responder such as fire, police and EMS. This class challenge me and took me further in my career choice as I was also training to become an EMT. I highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2021-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Important Course of Our Life My wife and I listened to one amazing 30 minute lecture daily during our lunch break and we were so happy to learning important emergency medical facts and how to think better during health emergencies. This is by far the most important course we have taken and we never lost attention as the lecturer was amazing and this course is what every America and the world needs to get people thinking smarter about their health.
Date published: 2021-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fabulous. The best course I have completed, by far. The doctor is excellent, the material pertinent and fascinating.
Date published: 2021-05-22
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Experience the high-stakes drama, scientific detective work, and medical insights of life in an emergency department. As you shadow board-certified physician Dr. Benaroch in this thrilling introduction to emergency medicine, you'll encounter patients coming in with a variety of symptoms and complaints-some of which are easily diagnosed and treated, and some of which are more life-threatening than they first appear.


Roy Benaroch

Doctoring is about listening and paying attention. There's a lot to know, too-- but if you're not paying attention, you'll be misguided by what you think you already know. An open mind is a better diagnostic tool than one stuffed with facts


Emory University

Dr. Roy Benaroch is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. He earned his B.S. in Engineering at Tulane University, followed by his M.D. at Emory University. He completed his residency through Emory University's affiliated hospitals in 1997, serving as chief resident and instructor of pediatrics in 1998. Board certified in general pediatrics in 1997, Dr. Benaroch practices full time at Pediatric Physicians, PC, located near Atlanta, Georgia. In his dual roles, he teaches medical students and residents at his practice and gives regular lectures to physician's assistants at Emory University.

Dr. Benaroch has published two books on parenting and pediatric health topics: Solving Health and Behavioral Problems from Birth through Preschool: A Parent's Guide and A Guide to Getting the Best Health Care for Your Child. He also has a blog for parents and health professionals at, and he has served as a featured expert on Dr. Benaroch also serves on the board of directors of the Cobb Health Futures Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to public health for people of all backgrounds.

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Triage in Emergency Medicine

01: Triage in Emergency Medicine

Start the course learning about the first critical step of emergency care: triage. When faced with a waiting room full of patients, how does a capable emergency department doctor decide whom to treat first? What happens when a patient's condition changes? Or when more patients show up?...

30 min
Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Fast

02: Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Fast

Dr. Benaroch takes you along with an ambulance crew to give you a three-dimensional understanding of emergency care as experienced by first responders. Topics covered in this lecture include the ABCs of a rapid scan, appropriate bystander response, and the "rule of 9" for estimating burn size....

31 min
Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Again

03: Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Again

Welcome to the night shift at an emergency department, where anything can happen. Through the patient cases in this lecture, you'll get a deeper understanding of how emergency doctors think twice about a young man having a heart attack, a college student who is vomiting, and an elderly man who is having trouble walking....

32 min
The Story Is the Diagnosis

04: The Story Is the Diagnosis

Discover how emergency doctors use OLD CAAAR: a simple mnemonic to accurately- and quickly-pinpoint the location and characteristics of a patient's pains. Also, learn what happens when a doctor has to think fast and doesn't have the time to ask each of the OLD CAAAR questions....

31 min
Hidden Clues in the Emergency Department

05: Hidden Clues in the Emergency Department

Take a closer look at three emergency department cases-a urinary tract infection, a broken leg, and a bellyache-with a twist. How were these diagnoses determined? Not through expensive tests or advanced imaging, but through paying attention to the story, even when it isn't truthful....

31 min
Treat the Patient, Treat the Family

06: Treat the Patient, Treat the Family

According to Dr. Benaroch, to best treat a patient, you sometimes have to treat the patient's family. See this principle in action through a 16-year-old complaining of chronic bronchitis and a 60-year-old found unresponsive with low blood sugar-both of whom have families to help support a doctor's efforts to diagnose and heal....

30 min
Chest Pain

07: Chest Pain

This lecture focuses on patients with chest pain, which might be either a sign of a mild illness or an actual heart attack. Why is it so difficult to identify every serious cause of chest pain? What questions should doctors-and patients¬-ask? What's the difference between myocarditis, pneumothorax, and other medically serious cases?...

31 min
Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

08: Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

Definitive emergency care requires, first and foremost, a diagnosis. Visit a community emergency department that shares space with an urgent care center, and learn how patients like a 2-year-old with a persistent cough and a 49-year-old with a stuffy nose illustrate the importance of treating the cause-not the symptoms....

30 min
Who Needs the Emergency Department?

09: Who Needs the Emergency Department?

Not all emergency department patients need to be there. In this lecture, meet several pairs of patients-each with the same symptoms, but only one of whom would be best served in the emergency department. Then, get some general tips for you to consider the next time you're contemplating going to the emergency department....

30 min
Altered Mental Status

10: Altered Mental Status

How do you handle patients in altered mental states, suffering from unusual thoughts and behaviors? How do you figure out their story and make an accurate diagnosis? Discover how, in cases like these, doctors rely more than ever on signs and clues from a patient's family and friends....

30 min
Simple Symptoms, Serious Illness

11: Simple Symptoms, Serious Illness

Discover why sometimes a quick patient history isn't enough to help diagnose a problem. In addition to walking you through patient cases, Dr. Benaroch offers insights into fascinating tools that help doctors uncover serious illnesses hidden behind basic symptoms, including complete blood count tests and air contrast enemas....

29 min
In an Emergency, Protect Yourself First

12: In an Emergency, Protect Yourself First

Doctors are commanded to do no harm to their patients. What's equally important is protecting themselves in those rare instances where a patient may do them harm. Get an inside look at how emergency doctors handle dangerous situations, including a patient acting violently and a patient suffering from a highly infectious disease....

28 min
Treating Insect and Animal Bites

13: Treating Insect and Animal Bites

Meet several emergency patients who've been bitten by various creatures, from snakes and spiders to ticks and raccoons. Along the way, you'll learn how doctors treat allergic reactions to bites, how they treat wounds without accidentally injecting more venom into the body, and more....

30 min
The Missing Piece in an Emergency Diagnosis

14: The Missing Piece in an Emergency Diagnosis

Emergency department patients often aren't ready to trust the doctors attending them, since they have just met. In this lecture, learn how doctors work with patients who aren't completely forthcoming to build trust and coax out embarrassing-or seemingly irrelevant-details to arrive at the right diagnosis and get them the treatment they need....

30 min
Healthy Paranoia in Emergency Medicine

15: Healthy Paranoia in Emergency Medicine

Emergency department doctors should always assume every patient has a life-threatening illness-even though only 10% to 20% actually do. How do doctors manage this healthy "paranoia"? And how do they prepare themselves and their patients for the worst outcome while planning for the best?...

29 min
Fever: Friend or Foe

16: Fever: Friend or Foe

Are fevers your friend or your foe? In this lecture, learn the best clues to help distinguish between fevers that are signs of a viral infection and those that herald something much more serious. Then, learn some of the common triggers of fevers, as well as doctor-recommended treatments....

29 min
Always Treat Pain

17: Always Treat Pain

Pain is a frequent chief complaint in emergency departments. This lecture brings you up close with patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, including the common complaint of back pain. These cases help you better understand everything from pain medications-and the dangers of overuse-to how pain affects the way the brain works....

30 min
An Ounce of Prevention

18: An Ounce of Prevention

No one wants to go to an emergency department. While you can never protect yourself 100%, there are ways to help avoid having to make a trip there. Here, learn about the importance of cancer screenings, vaccinations, and taking medication. A little prevention, it turns out, makes a big difference....

30 min
The Big Picture in Emergency Medicine

19: The Big Picture in Emergency Medicine

A fever that's actually a sign of a very dramatic, potentially deadly disease. Abdominal pain that's not caused by illness or injury. Dr. Benaroch uses these and other eye-opening cases as a window into how doctors arrive at the big picture when a patient's chief complaints fail to reveal the truth....

28 min
Is Exercise Good for Your Health?

20: Is Exercise Good for Your Health?

This lecture's cases illustrate how sports-related injuries are treated in emergency departments. You'll encounter a softball player suffering from a concussion, a young boy's dangerous eye injury from a haphazard game of lawn darts, a teen rescued from a near-drowning event, and a golfer's stubborn poison ivy rash....

30 min
Stay Safe in the Emergency Department

21: Stay Safe in the Emergency Department

Gain insights into tips and practices that emergency department doctors and patients should know to ensure their safety. Topics include the risks of conscious sedation (which is less safe than general anesthesia), the importance of knowing your allergies, and the dangers involved in handing off a patient to another provider....

29 min
Emergency Medicine for Travelers

22: Emergency Medicine for Travelers

Emergency department doctors have to stay especially vigilant when dealing with patients who have traveled abroad¬-especially in the developing world. Find out how they handle uncommon diseases and infections transmitted by mosquitoes, sexual activity, and more. Then, visit a ski clinic for a peek at some other travel-related emergencies....

30 min
Emergency Medicine Lessons from the Past

23: Emergency Medicine Lessons from the Past

What was emergency medicine like in the 1800s? Go back in time to the American Civil War for a glimpse at how military doctors and surgeons treated wounds and combatted infection. Compare these injuries and treatments to those of the Boston Marathon bombing. Also, contrast the medical treatment given to President Garfield after he was shot with the treatment Reagan received after his attempted ass...

32 min
Lessons from the Emergency Department

24: Lessons from the Emergency Department

It's time for your last shift in the emergency department. In this closing lecture, Dr. Benaroch uses several case studies to help you review the big-picture lessons of good emergency care you've learned throughout the course-lessons that have opened your eyes to the excitement and challenges of emergency medicine and that can help you take better care of yourself and your loved ones....

32 min