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I completed my medical school and background EM training from India (Christian Medical College, Vellore and Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad) where I worked for 4 years. Following this, I devoted (with all my heart) about 1.5 years to do US Medical Licensing Exams. My stint towards an EM Residency in States did not work but it took me to places and it has been quite a journey. I then relocated to London, England to work as a Registrar (Non-Trainee) in A&E. This gave me an opportunity to better understand NHS, EM training pathways and more importantly the EM Mindsets in the United Kingdom. 

Currently, I am pursuing Higher Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine at South East Scotland Deanery where I have the honour and privilege of training under some of the most innovative brains in the field of Emergency Medicine. Over the past few years, I have realised that LEARNING and UNLEARNING (which can be challenging!) is equally important to deliver cutting edge care to our patients.And through this blog, I aspire to disseminate knowledge, assist trainees with exams and stay up to date with contemporary EM literature. I have always been an avid FOAMed supporter because FOAMed has always played an indispensable role during my training. 

Lakshay Chanana
ST4 EM Trainee 
Edinburgh, Scotland

Monday, June 6, 2016

Selfie Fever: What are we up to?

  • Avoid taking selfies from a height, on a bridge, in the vicinity of vehicular traffic, during thunderstorms, at sporting events, and where wild animals are in the background.
  • Travel medicine fellows should now routinely counsel travellers about responsible self-photography during international travel and should also include this advice in printed material given to the patient.  
  • Most importantly, each one of us needs to recognise this issue and behave in a  responsible manner.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_selfie-related_injuries_and_deaths
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/14/more-people-die-taking-selfies-in-india-than-anywhere-else-in-the-world/
  3. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social/India-had-the-most-selfie-related-deaths-in-2015-Report/articleshow/50593587.cms
  4. The 'selfie' phenomenon: reducing the risk of harm while using smartphones during international travel Flaherty GT, Choi J. J. Travel Med. 2016; 23(2): e026. 
  5. http://connecticut.marketing/2015/07/russian-selfie-guide-in-english/


     Lakshay Chanana



  1. Never realized it was an issue of such a magnitude, ofcourse it was quite obvious that individuals were going over board with their obsession .....thanks for putting the rising obsession of selfies in perspective...

    1. Thanks for taking out the time to read and comment. I appreciate it.

  2. The only Indian from India on FOAM. Nice. Please post more