cognitive overloadThe Case of Cognitive Overload outlined a scenario of a junior resident dealing with the harsh realities of working in emergency medicine when she experiences the negative impacts of cognitive overload while caring for a sick patient. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 2 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

MEdIC Series

This follow-up post includes:

  • Responses from our solicited experts:
    • Dr. Amy Walsh is an emergency physician as well as the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.
    • Dr. Jimmie Leppink is a postdoctoral researcher in education and is also a statistician at the School of Health Professions Education, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
  • A summary of insights from the ALiEM community derived from the Twitter and blog discussions
  • Freely downloadable PDF versions of the case and expert responses for use in continuing medical education activities
Expert Response 1: Cognitive Overload and Communication Breakdown (Dr. Amy Walsh)
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Expert Response 1: Addendum from Dr. Walsh & her father
Expert Response 2: Check, Communicate, and Check Again (Dr. Jimmie Leppink)
The Case of Cognitive Overload: Curated from the Community (Dr. Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos)

Case and Responses for Download

Click here (or on the picture below) to download the case and responses as a PDF (882 kb).

Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC MEd(c)

Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC MEd(c)

Associate Editor, ALiEM MEdIC Series
Emergency Physician, St. Boniface Hospital, WRHA
Academic Lead, Educational Scholarship
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Manitoba