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Should the Trainee by Trusted? A User’s Guide to Assessment with EPAs

By |Jan 24, 2020|Categories: Academic, Medical Education|1 Comment

You are an attending working with a fourth-year medical student on their emergency medicine clerkship. The student sees a patient with the chief complaint of dizziness. After an initial assessment, the student says that there are no red flags in the history and the patient has a normal neurological exam. In the back of your mind you are thinking, “Does this student know the risk factors, comorbidities, and red flags? Was a thorough neurological exam performed?” How do you know the trainee should be trusted? […]

Introducing the 2020-2021 ALiEM Faculty Incubator Cohort!

By |Jan 17, 2020|Categories: Incubators, Medical Education|0 Comments

We put the call out, and *wow* did the MedEd community respond! We were beyond excited this year about the quality of our applicants for the 2020-2021 ALiEM Faculty Incubator.  This next cohort will include educators from across the globe and from all arenas of medicine including pre-clinical educators and our first nurse practitioner! […]

Peer Accountability: A Strategy for Maintaining Commitment to Personal and Professional Obligations

By |Jan 10, 2020|Categories: Professional Development, Wellness|0 Comments

There are a number of personal attributes characterizing the professional identity of “physician.” We are dedicated to patients, committed to lifelong learning, and responsible for a variety of other professional obligations. Each requires physicians to be highly accountable – obligated or willing to accept responsibility for one’s actions. In this post we present examples of how we’ve adopted peer accountability as a strategy to help us with the myriad responsibilities and obligations at the heart of our profession. Just in time for the New Year – we challenge each of our readers to consider finding an “accountability partner” in 2020! [...]

Teaming Tips 10: Resuscitate Your Meetings | ALiEM Faculty Incubator

By |Dec 27, 2019|Categories: Incubators, Medical Education, Professional Development|0 Comments

Many of you are asked to take a leadership role in leading a team, whether it’s for research, administration, or even clinical. It is easy to feel unprepared for these roles, and there are many pitfalls waiting to sabotage your team’s productivity. The ALiEM Faculty Incubator has created a series of 10 case-based teaming problems to provide you with evidence-based advice and solutions for tackling some of the more common problems encountered in our professional team experiences. […]

TLDR Book Review: The Culture Code – The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

By |Dec 20, 2019|Categories: Book Club, TLDR|Tags: |0 Comments

Have you had shifts or worked on committees where everything went smoothly? Closed loop communication happened, there was mutual respect among all the team members, and each individual felt empowered to give input even if it differed from what had already been said or done? You’ve probably also worked on shifts, in meetings, or participated in projects where it seemed like the team was falling apart, communicating on different wavelengths, and failing to have a shared understanding. You may feel like a great leader one day and a failure the next. The difference, according to The Culture Code, has everything [...]

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IDEA Series: Just-in-Time Training for Diagnostic Paracentesis

By |Dec 18, 2019|Categories: Academic, Gastrointestinal, IDEA series|0 Comments

According to the National Health And Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately 630,000 adults in the United States have cirrhosis of the liver, 69% of which are reportedly unaware of having liver disease. A diagnostic paracentesis is a simple procedure for identifying spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in cirrhotic patients with ascites. A just-in-time training (JITT) model incorporating low-fidelity equipment readily available in the ED can facilitate procedural teaching of the diagnostic paracentesis. […]

EM Match Advice: Deep Dive into the SLOE

By |Dec 6, 2019|Categories: EM Match Advice|0 Comments

A high-stakes component in a medical student’s application for an emergency medicine (EM) residency is the Standard Letter of Evaluation, or SLOE. This is a standardized templated letter, written by an group (e.g. department) or faculty from an EM-residency program. This episode of EM Match Advice gives a behind-the-scenes peek into what letter writers are thinking and a deeper dive into the mechanics of the SLOE. […]

Making Heads or Tails of the Flipped Classroom: Tips and Tricks for Students

By |Nov 29, 2019|Categories: Academic, Incubators, Medical Education|0 Comments

Now more than ever, medical educators are excited about the flipped classroom, defined by Bishop and Verleger as “a new pedagogical method, which employs asynchronous video lectures and practice problems as homework, and active, group-based problem-solving activities in the classroom” [1]. The premise is that students will learn basic concepts during self-study, at their own pace, and come to the classroom ready to dive into small groups and problem-based application [2]. This approach may be unfamiliar and you may find yourself asking:  Why should I care? and How do I get the most out of it? Let’s begin with the first [...]

Is Digital Attendance Enough?

By |Nov 22, 2019|Categories: Academic, Incubators, Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

Many medical schools have responded to student requests and begun to record and stream didactic lectures.  Students report watching these lectures can be more convenient and allow them to personalize the time, location, and speed to their specific needs. Meanwhile, faculty are freed up from giving the same Powerpoint lecture every semester and schools can highlight their “digital presence.” It seems to be a win on all sides, except when you look at the outcomes. […]

The Leader’s Library: Radical Candor | Curated Summary of the Discussion

By |Nov 18, 2019|Categories: Book Club, Leaders Library|0 Comments

Welcome back to The Leader’s Library! In our second installment, throughout the week of October 14, 2019, a group of selected learners across the globe tackled Radical Candor by Kim Scott [ALiEM book summary], and generated another fascinating asynchronous dialogue on Slack. This go-round, we had 3 days of discussion with days for reflection in between. Below are the main points that emerged from our robust conversation. […]