Evidence-Based Medicine

Amira Athanasios, MD Amira Athanasios, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

USF Morsani College of Medicine


Amira Athanasios is a first year resident in internal medicine and will be pursuing a career in mental health. She is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Scripps College. She is passionate about the intersections of health, culture, race, and personal narrative. As such, she has written on public health, health equity, and narrative medicine.




Early Palliative Care and End-of-Life Planning as a Primary Preventative Intervention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has drastically increased the number of critically ill and dying patients presenting for hospitalized management of dyspnea, acute respiratory failure and other serious complications. The emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 has created unprecedented demands on all avenues of inpatient hospitalist medicine. One of the many services in high demand includes palliative care, with increased need for complex end of life planning.

Announcing the New Resident-Run Twitter @PsychResChat

@PsychResChat is the newest sub-community on Twitter, short for Psychiatry Resident Chat, the brainchild of Dr. Tolu Odebunmi, MD, MPH who is a psychiatry resident at the University of Minnesota. The co-hosts use the account to share information and news relevant to psychiatry residents. Additionally, @PsychResChat is the home of bi-weekly live discussions, aimed at engaging the #PsychResTwitter community.

Figure 1. “Relationship between System 1 and System 2 thinking.” Daily encounters lead to the activation of System 1 or System 2 thinking. Problems demanding higher levels of thought either directly or indirectly activate System 2. Repetitive exposure decreases the demand for System 2 thinking and increases both productivity and the risk for error.

Systems-Based Thinking: How Subconscious Thought Affects Medical Decision Making

System-based thinking describes a set of subconscious thought processes aptly named System 1 and System 2. The profession of medicine relies heavily on SBT — the ability to rapidly diagnose, treat, and improvise during stressful situations is dependent on these systems, which develop and mature throughout one’s training.

Brian Secemsky, MD Brian Secemsky, MD (2 Posts)

Resident Editor Emeritus (2015-2016)

UCSF One Medical Group


Brian Secemsky, MD is an internal medicine physician currently practicing and teaching outpatient medicine in San Francisco, CA. His interests include preventive health, patient education and medical journalism. The goal of his writing is to expose those who are interested in medicine to various health care topics and to break down the jargon of medical literature into something that everyone can understand and learn from. You can find him on Twitter @BrianSecemskyMD or the website http://www.briansecemskymd.com