JournalFeed exists to improve patient care by concisely summarizing current and landmark Emergency Medicine research to make it accessible, efficient, and easy to learn for EM providers.

Or more simply...



Who Writes This Stuff?

Clay Smith, MD Founder, Chief Spoon Feeder

Clay Smith, MD
Founder, Chief Spoon Feeder

Alex Chen, MD Contributor

Alex Chen, MD

Nicole McCoin, MD Contributor

Nicole McCoin, MD

Thomas Davis, MD Editor, Contributor

Thomas Davis, MD
Editor, Contributor

Vivian Lei, MD Contributor

Vivian Lei, MD

Sam Parnell, MD Contributor

Sam Parnell, MD


The Story of JournalFeed


During residency, I (Clay) wished there was a quick way for me to keep up with current literature in the midst of the insane schedule that existed prior to the 80-hour work week rules.  But I couldn't find one.  After residency I joined the faculty at Vanderbilt and, on a whim, put together a resident lecture on the top trauma articles of 2007.  It seemed to be well received by the residents.  One of them asked if I could do this for all the major subject areas in EM.  Inspired by her desire to learn more, this concept blossomed into a website, blog, and podcast called Keeping Up and a companion mobile app, Upshot.  The focus of that venture was to highlight current EM articles in summary format and provide critique and commentary.  But to search 50 journals, come up with the ten best each week, do a comprehensive analysis of the article in a concise format, keep up with 10 emergency physician authors, record the audio, edit written and audio material, and manage the website was not family friendly!  To top it off, in 2013 the site got hacked by Iranians...no I am not joking.  Keeping Up effectively ended at that point.

I tried to find another niche, like research, but it wasn't a good fit for me.  I really missed the creative side of managing the website and the way Keeping Up forced me to...well, keep up.  Finally, I had an idea one day while jogging to make lists of the best articles on various subjects in EM.  Thus, this project was born.  It started as a way to provide a repository of landmark articles and important published guidelines in various topic areas relevant to EM.  That's why I originally called it EM Topics.  I realized that there were so many important current articles, that it had to be more than just be a site that housed classic EM articles.  So I started summarizing long lists of current articles in an ultra-brief way.  Even with that, it was still too much to digest.  Plus no one wanted to read it.  Who could blame them?  So I had the idea to send one article a day with a very terse summary plus the abstract by email.  The concept of spoon-feeding Emergency Medicine was born.  I started by sending it to our EM residents.  The feedback was encouraging.  So I emailed some of the former Keeping Up subscribers.  And they signed up, liked it too, and told their friends.   In July 2017, I changed the name to JournalFeed.  So that's what JournalFeed now is - a growing community of busy people who provide emergency care and want a quick way to learn a little more each day to take better care of their patients. Here is what you will find on JournalFeed:

  • A curated list of current EM articles from the past month with a brief short-attention-span summary

  • Landmark articles

  • LLSA Articles and a link to learn more about the LLSA Quick Study Guides

Please help me make the site better for others by contacting me and suggesting landmark articles or current articles I have missed.  The most accurate way to make sure I get the right article in to use the PubMed ID (PMID) number.

If you're interested in how I choose articles to include on the site, see Methodology.  There is a method to the madness.


About Us


Clay Smith is an attending physician in the Adult and Pediatric EDs at Vanderbilt and Medical Director for the 14 Vanderbilt Health Clinic at Walgreens locations in Nashville.  Clay is the primary author for content on JournalFeed, unless specified.  He is married and has 7 amazing kids.  The most important aspects of his life are his Christian faith, family, the consumption of large amounts of coffee, and practicing EM.

Thomas Davis is a practicing Emergency Physician in Louisville and graduate of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and EM Residency.  He is an avid (and extremely fast) runner, is married, and is a new dad. He reads every full text article and critiques every JournalFeed summary, making corrections, suggestions, and clarifications.  JF would not be what it is without his editorial excellence.

Alex Chen was a Vanderbilt EM residency graduate and is doing a Toxicology fellowship in Arizona.  He grew up in Queens and is definitely the coolest author on JournalFeed.  He is an outstanding clinician, and his one-liners beat all.

Vivian Lei is a Vanderbilt EM residency graduate by way of Stanford University School of Medicine.  She currently practices in a community ED outside Nashville and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of EM at Vanderbilt.

Nicole McCoin is Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director at Vanderbilt.  She is an incredible educator and clinician and one of the funniest people to spend time with on shift.  She is married and has 2 wonderful children.  Her top priorities are faith, family, friends, residents and patients, and health.

Sam Parnell is an Emergency Medicine resident at Vanderbilt.  He is an outstanding clinician, award winning educator, and is interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine with an interest in medical education.

Journals We Cover

Academic Emergency Medicine

American Journal of Emergency Medicine

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine


Anesthesia and Analgesia

Annals of Emergency Medicine

Annals of Internal Medicine




Critical Care

Critical Care Medicine

Emergency Medicine Journal

Intensive Care Medicine

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Journal of Emergency Medicine

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American volume


JAMA Internal Medicine

JAMA Pediatrics

Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery


Lancet - Neurology


New England Journal of Medicine

Pediatric Emergency Care


Prehospital Emergency Care


Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

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