EM Pulse Podcast™

EM Pulse Podcast™

Telemedicine Part 1: Express Care

February 17, 2021

In our recent episode in the future of emergency medicine, several of our guests pointed to technological advances, including telemedicine, as key pieces in the evolution of our specialty. And, thanks in large part to the pandemic, the development and implementation of telemedicine has accelerated over the past year. In this episode, Dr. Josh Elder, Medical Director of Express Care at UC Davis, shares his experience creating a virtual urgent care. We discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages for both patients and providers, and explore how this service has proved to be a safe and efficient way to meet patients where they’re at. 

Have you tried telemedicine, either as a patient of provider? Share your experience with us via social media, @empulsepodcast, or through our website, ucdavisem.com.

Stay tuned for next month’s episode when we explore another side of telemedicine - specialty consults for physicians!

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Josh Elder, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Express Care at UC Davis Health.


Express Care at UC Davis Health

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Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.