TERN Updates and Posts

TERN Updates and Posts

TERN Updates and Posts have historically been hosted on RCEMLearning. As part of TERN’s educational remit, we aim to talk about our trials and ensure people know about them. We like people to be engaged with the network and feel some ownership over it. As a result, we like to talk about the studies, what we’re up to and how people can get involved. Before this website existed this was done on RCEMLearning. We foresee this continuing alongside this website as well. For now, you can read TERN updates and posts about our studies, and about the network here.

TERN Studies


TIRED: My Slice of the PI

TERN’s first migration is complete

Current Projects – Tired

Current Projects – AHEAD2

Current Projects – HED

TERN Updates

Ternty twenty one

Join the TERN committee!


TERN around bright eyes

TERN February 2019 – Chickens and Eggs

TERN January 2019

TERN September 2018

Research in Emergency Medicine training: one straw too many?

Research Methodology

Research Methodology

As part of TERN’s educational remit, one of the strands of our posts on RCEMLearning is Research Methodology. These are designed to discuss different types of studies and help improve the knowledge-base of our trainees. We hope you find these useful! A lot of these are hosted on RCEMLearning, but we wanted to ensure these were easy to find in one place.

If you’d like to contribute a Research Methodology post, feel free to get in touch with us!

(Delphi) Method Man

The cost of a Starbucks Latte – a publication cost analogy

Explaining Research Methods in Emergency Medicine (ERM-EM): Introduction

PPI in research: Nothing to do with proton pump inhibitors or payment protection insurance

TERN Breaking Evidence

TERN Breaking Evidence

The TERN Breaking Evidence series forms one part of TERN’s educational remit, and is one of the strands of our posts on RCEMLearning. This is designed to discuss contemporary breaking evidence, recent papers, the latest news, or read our selection of COVID updates.


RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 9

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 8

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 7

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 6

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 5

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 4

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 3: The Director’s Cut

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 3

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 2: The Director’s Cut

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 2

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 1: The Director’s Cut

RCEM COVID-19 CPD Top 5 papers: Week 1

Loop recorders and the 24-hour tape: there has to be a better way! The IPED study

Breaking Evidence: The Rod Little prize 2019

Breaking Evidence: The Elizabeth Molyneux prize 2019

Silencing the seizure: Phenytoin vs. Levetiracetam in paediatric status epilepticus

EMTA 2018 prize winners

To tube or not to tube? That is the question. The AIRWAYS-2 TRIAL

My patient has a pulmonary embolism (PE) – can I still send them home?

Breaking Evidence: EuSEM top scoring PEM abstracts 4-6

Breaking Evidence: EuSEM top scoring PEM abstracts 1-3

Breaking Evidence: the Rod Little Prize shortlisted abstracts 4-7

Breaking Evidence: the Rod Little Prize shortlisted abstracts 1-3

Breaking evidence: Non-Trainee Abstracts blog 4-6

Breaking evidence: Non-Trainee Abstracts blog 1-3

TERN Top Papers

TERN Top Papers

TERN Top Papers

Trainees do not always have time to read the most recent papers. We want to help trainees stay abreast of the evidence base. We have started by producing a monthly summary of important articles. Indeed, improving engagement with research is one of TERN’s core aims. Teams of trainees from each region (with the assistance of the TERN Education Leads) will produce a summary each month. These will be comprised of a selection of the most important articles to trainees based around that month’s theme published from the past year.

TERN Top Papers will presented a curated and summarised selection of papers on a theme chosen by a regional panel. Themes are predetermined for the first few, but there is scope to bring your own research interests to the panel. By going region by region, we hope to develop different regional leads, encourage closer-working and build a wider network of research-minded individuals.

This summary will be written by trainees for trainees. Participation will help EM trainees evidence the research specialty learning outcome (SLO10) and will help aspiring EM trainees demonstrate commitment to specialty. If you are interested in getting involved email us at tern.education@rcem.ac.uk with your name, grade, and deanery.

Our links will be updated each month, or they can be found on RCEMLearning.

TERN’s Top Papers: March 2021 – top papers

TERN’s Top Papers: April 2021 – trauma & orthopaedics

TERN’s Top Papers: May 2021 – critical care

TERN’s Top Papers: June 2021 – toxicology and psychiatry 

TERN’s Top Papers: July 2021 – analgesia and sedation

TERN’s Top Papers: August 2021 – diagnostic imaging

TERN’s Top Papers: September 2021 – cardiac arrest

TERN’s Top Papers: November 2021 – wellbeing and training

TERN Journal Club

TERN Journal Club

What is the TERN Journal Club? As you may know, the new RCEM Curriculum has removed the critical appraisal exam, moving towards a portfolio-assessed process.

The aims of TERN are to improve research literacy and confidence. At TERN are keen to introduce evidence-based practice into our everyday working practice. The previous college focus on critical appraisal (by way of making it an exit examination) has meant that this has become the step of evidence-based practice we focus on. The most crucial of the five steps of evidence-based practice, and the one the literature suggests is the most neglected, is the actual application of the evidence to the patient in front of us.

We are planning to meet a number of needs through creating the Virtual Journal Club. Practically, trainees can demonstrate engagement with the new curriculum (and the SLO10 research outcome) and develop skills at appraising the evidence. We want to centre the application of evidence to clinical practice to the forefront of everyone’s mind. Too long we look at a guideline and follow it blindly – we want to go behind the evidence, behind the guidelines, and really get to know the evidence-base behind our practice.

Find our articles on RCEMLearning – they can be found below:

March’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – MAGraine: Magnesium compared to conventional therapy for treatment of migraines

April’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – Effects of a high-dose 24-h infusion of tranexamic acid on death and thromboembolic events in patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding (HALT-IT)

May’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – Prospective validation of Canadian TIA Score and comparison with ABCD2 and ABCD2i for subsequent stroke risk after transient ischaemic attack

June’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – High flow oxygen and risk of mortality in patients with a suspected acute coronary syndrome: pragmatic, cluster randomised, crossover trial

July’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – A practical risk score for early prediction of neurological outcome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: MIRACLE2

August’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – Inhaled Methoxyflurane Provides Greater Analgesia and Faster Onset of Action Versus Standard Analgesia in Patients with Trauma Pain: InMEDIATE: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Emergency Department

October’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – Diagnosis of Traumatic Pneumothorax: A Comparison between Lung Ultrasound and Supine Chest Radiographs

November’s TERN Virtual Journal Club – Identification of very low-risk acute chest pain patients without troponin testing