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MEdIC Series: The Case of the Lazy Learners – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary


The Case of the Lazy Learners outlined a scenario of an emergency attending, Chris, who questions the work-ethic, dedication, and professionalism of his residents after an on-shift teaching interaction. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, 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 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

This follow-up post includes

  • Responses from our solicited experts:
    • Dr. Sandy Dong (@SandyDongMD) is the FRCPC Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at the University of Alberta and emergency physician at Alberta Health Services.
    • Dr. Sean Moore (@SeanWMoore1) is an emergency physician from Kenora, Ontario, where he is assistant professor of emergency medicine with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is Associate Medical Director for CritiCall Ontario and Medical Director of Education for Ornge, the critical care transport service in Ontario. His interests include simulation based evaluation and critical care knowledge translation.
    • Dr. Taku Taira (@TakuTaira) is an emergency physician, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Associate Residency Director of the emergency program at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
  • 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: Burnout and the Hidden Curriculum (Dr. Sandy Dong)
Expert Response 2: The Art of Feedback vs The Comeback (Dr. Sean Moore)
Expert Response 3: Understanding the Context and Providing Feedback (Dr. Taku Taira)
Curated from the Community (Dr. Tamara McColl)

Case and Responses for Download

Click here (or on the picture below) to download the case and responses as a PDF (192 kb).

Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC

Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC

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