The University of Vermont Medical Group division of Emergency Medicine enjoys partnering with current students and alumni on projects that advance medical knowledge in our field. This is the beauty of an academic medical center. That is why I was so keen to work with Phil Buttaravoli, MD, graduate of the Larner College of Medicine at UVM, when he approached us to develop a book for providers about emergency medicine, his area of expertise.

His already successful book “Minor Emergencies,” widely used to help providers manage urgent health care issues in a wide variety of settings, needed to be updated. We were his choice to be contributors to this new edition. With our expertise and strong focus on primary care, saying yes was a no-brainer. The book focuses on the type of medical problems that are often seen and managed in primary care offices.

What counts as a “minor emergency” you may be thinking.  Glad you asked! Here are some examples:

  • Sprained ankle
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Poison Ivy

Our contribution to the book was a team effort:

  • Thirteen physicians and a physician assistant from our Emergency Medicine department carefully reviewed the sections of the book and updated the content to reflect the most current practice.
  • Dr. Buttaravoli and I read and edited each section with an eye toward making sure the content was consistent, not contradictory, and cohesive. Each section is broken into multiple chapters and each individual chapter deals with a minor medical problem that might be seen in an outpatient office, urgent care clinic or walk-in center.
  • Dr. Tom Peterson, Chair of Family Medicine, wrote the forward.
  • Larner College of Medicine at UVM students helped us film clips that make up the multimedia aspect of the book. The book is designed so that you can access the videos showing how to perform a wide range of procedures using a QR reader on your smart phone or tablet. This allowed us to share precise video images of methods to manage problems that can be difficult to explain in writing.

The book has been extremely well received – it won the national BMA first prize for a surgery text in 2013. It is highly rated on Amazon and has been used by thousands of providers since being released.

This book was a collaborative effort which included a UVM alumni, faculty, and students. It was an enjoyable process to work on this book with so many of my colleagues.  We are grateful to Dr. Buttaravoli for inviting us to participate in the newest edition of Minor Emergencies. We are already planning and looking forward to the next edition.

Stephen M. Leffler, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer at the UVM Medical Center, former Medical Director of the Emergency Department, and has been a practicing physician for 20 years. He grew up in Brandon, VT.

Stephen M. Leffler, Professor at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM and former Medical Director of the Emergency Department, has been a practicing physician for 20 years.

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