Clinical Challenges in Trauma Surgery: Traumatic Rib Fractures

EP. 532Oct. 06, 202222:20
In this episode, our team discusses the management of traumatic rib fractures including pearls and pitfalls. Join as we discuss the current standards of treatment as well as controversies in how to manage these patients!

Elliott R. Haut, MD, PhD, a senior, nationally recognized name in trauma and acute care surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Haut is a past president of The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) and incoming editor-in-chief of Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open.
Marcie Feinman, MD, MEHP, the current program director of General Surgery Residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and editorial board member of SCORE. She received her Masters in Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins. 
David Sigmon, MD, MMEd, a PGY-7 resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago who will be a fellow at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx next year. He did two years of research in surgical education at the University of Pennsylvania where he also received his Master’s in Medical Education. 

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