How I Work Smarter: Meenal Sharkey, MD

By |Sep 18, 2020|Categories: How I Work Smarter, Medical Education|0 Comments

One word that best describes how you work? Thoroughly Current mobile device iPhone 11 -- my whole life runs because of this phone! Computer MacBook Pro -- thank goodness for the iCloud that syncs my calendars, notes, and texts What is something you are working on now? Just finished the Grounded in EM curriculum and am now creating a Grand Rounds for Evidence-Based Medicine for Sepsis. One of my weaknesses is public speaking and also evidence-based medicine presentations. I like the concept of sepsis in general, so I picked this topic on purpose. It combined a topic I enjoy and [...]

IDEA Series: 3D-printed pediatric lumbar puncture trainer

By |Sep 16, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education, Neurology, Pediatrics, Simulation|0 Comments

Pediatric lumbar puncture trainers are less available than adult trainers; most are the newborn size and quite expensive. Due to age-based practice patterns for fever diagnostic testing, most pediatric lumbar punctures are performed on young infants, and residents have fewer opportunities to perform lumbar punctures on older children.1 Adult lumbar puncture trainers have been created using a 3D-printed spine and ballistics gel, which allows for ultrasound guidance.2 No previous model has been described for pediatric lumbar puncture. […]

Announcing ERLI and the Education Research Consult Service: Education scholarship is hard, so let us help you

By |Sep 11, 2020|Categories: Academic, Research|Tags: |0 Comments

Are you a medical education fellow or budding educator-scholar struggling with ideating, designing, or conducting your education research study? Conducting and publishing education scholarship is incredibly challenging with unique considerations that are different from other forms of research. We are thrilled to announce the ALiEM Education Research Lab and Incubator (ERLI), led by the ERLI Chief Academic Officer Dr. Simiao Li-Sauerwine from The Ohio State University. […]

EM Match Advice: Administration Fellowship

By |Sep 6, 2020|Categories: EM Match Advice|Tags: |0 Comments

    The EM Administration Fellowship serves to train residents desiring to pursue a leadership position in departments and hospital systems. Many graduates become department chairs and medical directors. Hosted by Dr. Michael Gisondi (Stanford) and Dr. Michelle Lin (UCSF), this podcast features fellowship directors from around the country discussing the who, what, when, and why of the fellowship. […]

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A Recipe for Success: Virtual Alternatives to Residency Pre-Interview Receptions

By |Sep 4, 2020|Categories: Academic, Medical Education|0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic forced sweeping changes to graduate medical education over the last several months, and as we plan for the new academic year, it is clear that residency recruitment will fundamentally change as well. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a position statement encouraging medical school, residency, and faculty interviews to be held virtually [1]. While there is precedent for holding residency and fellowship interviews online [2-4], these new circumstances present significant challenges for applicants and residency programs alike. One important change will be the loss of the pre-interview reception. Information exchange between students and residents over [...]

The Leader’s Library: The Power of Moments | Sign Up for the Book Club

By |Aug 30, 2020|Categories: Academic, Book Club, Leaders Library|Tags: |0 Comments

Thus far, 2020 has been a year of catastrophic events, some surprising and others disappointingly predictable, and many people are struggling to navigate the chaos, to grasp at some semblance of a routine in the face of an unpredictable near future. Time has become a blur, a coalescence of unremarkable (yet unprecedented) moments. What if we have the possibility to intentionally create these moments, for ourselves and those around us? What if, by reframing the way we view memory, experience, and time, we could be the powerful author of our own moments? […]

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Free ALiEM MEdIC Series Book – Volume 5

By |Aug 14, 2020|Categories: Academic, MEdIC series, Medical Education|0 Comments

This is a bittersweet moment for the MEdIC Editorial team – the launch of our 5th and final volume of our Medical Education in Cases ebook. We are very excited to showcase the compilation of our final season and hope that it serves you well as you all look to expand your online learning and teaching resources during this incredible time in medical history. We hope that you, your colleagues, and the greater FOAMed community enjoy this collaborative collection of high-quality cases and curated online commentary centered on educational, ethical, and professionalism-based quandaries. Your support, contributions, and enthusiasm for the [...]

IDEA Series: Pre-recorded Video Simulation Series for Residency Conference

By |Jul 29, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education, Simulation|0 Comments

During medical simulation, the inherent unpredictability of learners’ performances and decisions can make it challenging to consistently achieve desired learning objectives. The amount learned and the errors made can vary wildly between groups. Paradoxically, a stellar student can minimize the learning for the other providers if he or she takes over and effortlessly completes the case. Likewise, the visceral impact of seeing a case go horribly wrong can have tremendous teaching value.1 In addition to these challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced additional barriers to medical simulation training; physical distancing measures have resulted in limited or canceled simulation activities for [...]

IDEA Series: Big Screen Ultrasound in Resuscitation Bays

By |Jul 24, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education, Ultrasound|0 Comments

Bedside ultrasound (US) often plays a crucial role in medical and trauma resuscitations in the emergency department (ED) [1]. Performing and interpreting bedside US studies such as the Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (E-FAST) during traumas or echocardiography during medical resuscitations are key skills for emergency medicine residents to learn during their training and adopt into clinical practice [2]. During trauma resuscitations timely and efficient dissemination of critical information is paramount. Information obtained via bedside US can be critical in determining further clinical actions (need for urgent thoracostomy for a pneumothorax, need for urgent exploratory laparotomy in a [...]

Banishing Busy: Part 3

By |Jul 17, 2020|Categories: Life, Professional Development|0 Comments

Medical professionals are busy people and exist in a constant state of “being busy.” How do we resolve chronic “busy-ness”? How do we manage our time effectively? In her recent talk at the CORD Academic Assembly 2020, Dr. Christina Shenvi, EM Physician and Associate Residency Director at UNC, provided 5 key actions to help us be productive, complete our work effectively, and strive for work-life balance. Dr. Shenvi recorded her lecture again to be shared with the ALiEM Faculty Incubator. This series of posts breaks down her talk into 3 sections in order to summarize her key points and to [...]