iCubed: Impart, Instruct, Inspire

Alice S.Y. Lee, MD, shares what she has learned as an emergency physician in a high-acuity, high-volume hospital over her 25-year career in Emergency Medicine News’ newest online feature. Join her each month for a screencast — a podcast coupled with slides — covering tangible emergency medicine skills such as hip reductions, following guidelines, and suturing as well as the intangible ones such as medical decision-making, collaborating with colleagues, and handling difficult patients and consultants. The tangible ones, she says, are teachable; the intangible ones less so, but they can be absorbed with practice.

Dr. Lee is an emergency physician in Phoenix, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, and a graduate of the Maricopa Medical Center emergency medicine residency. She said she was motivated to share her most interesting cases to impart, instruct, and inspire emergency physicians who are out there day after day, shift after shift, just doing their job. Those three Is give the screencast its name: iCubed. The screencast will impart knowledge to apply to everyday emergency medicine practice, instruct on the subtle and individual variations of compassionate bedside patient care, and most of all, inspire excellence in the practice of emergency medicine.

“I still love the medicine after all these years of practice. What we do really matters, but once we have finished our formal training, which is very organized and regimented, we are out in the real world,” Dr. Lee said. “The difference between academic and clinical emergency medicine can be quite confusing and frustrating. My hope is to demonstrate how in real practice one goes about giving the best patient care possible. I will do this by walking through a real case each month, discussing the thought process as we go through the case.”

It’s all about the starfish on the beach, Dr. Lee said. Don’t know that story? Read it here: In short, it’s about making a difference.

Find iCubed under the Videos navigation tab on You can also read Dr.Lee’s blog at, follow her on Twitter at @azerdocmom, and read more about her in the MedPage Today feature, "10 Questions," at

Monday, April 30, 2018

Alice Lee, MD, and Bill Fulton, MD, discuss the case of a 62-year-old with a ground-level fall while intoxicated. ​He is on Plavix, sustained a facial trauma, has a 10 cm laceration and a GCS of 15, and can’t move his arms. What’s his diagnosis? ​

Monday, April 2, 2018

​Dr. Lee and Elizabeth Ottney, DO, discuss the case of an 82-year-old man with a history of congestive heart failure and other heart problems who presents with severe weakness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. ​What's the diagnosis?

Watch her screencast!​​

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dr. Lee​ and Marc Zosky, MD, discuss the case of a 28-year-old with a seizure and two panic attacks. The kicker: She’s also diaphoretic, and all EPs know what Amal Mattu, MD, says about that.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dr. Alice Lee and Jonathan Graff, MD, review the case of a 55-year-old with diffuse headache, dizziness, and pain all over. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Dr. Lee and Kevin Craig, MD, review the case of a​​ 55-year-old man with a history of cirrhosis who presents with bloody emesis and hypotension. ​​