MEdIC Series: The Case of the Discriminatory Patient – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |Oct 13, 2017|Categories: Academic, MEdIC series|0 Comments

Our first case of this season, The Case of the Discriminatory Patient, outlined a scenario of a junior resident faced with blatant discrimination while trying to treat a patient who refuses to be seen by a “non-white” or “non-Canadian” physician. This month, the MEdIC team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted an online 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 [...]

APPLY NOW: 2018 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) Education Fellowship Program

By |Oct 10, 2017|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

The Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) conference is in May 2018, but opportunities start NOW. This conference is one of the largest live EM educational conferences in the world with over 2,000 attendees, and will once again be held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas! Led by Dr. Paul Jhun, conference organizers are offering an amazing opportunity for EM residents anywhere in the world to serve as an EEM Fellow for the next EEM conference May 15-17, 2018. […]

EM Match Advice: Northern California Residency Programs

By |Oct 4, 2017|Categories: EM Match Advice|0 Comments

The EM Residency Match Advice Series is back with its latest installment! For the first time, our team puts a regional flavor on an episode as we take a deep dive into the Northern California residency programs in Emergency Medicine (EM). These programs infuse multiple opportunities for regional collaboration into the residency experience. Activities include an annual incoming chief resident forum, Nor-Cal Sim Wars, wellness outings, and more! Hosted by Dr. Michael Gisondi, watch the video Google Hangout or listen to the edited Soundcloud podcast version to learn more about each of the programs and this special regional collaboration. [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Discriminatory Patient 

By |Sep 29, 2017|Categories: MEdIC series|9 Comments

Welcome to season 5, episode 1 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine! This month, we present a case of a junior resident faced with discrimination while treating a patient who refuses to be seen by a “non-white” or “non-Canadian” physician. […]

Pronouncing ALiEM

By |Sep 26, 2017|Categories: Academic|0 Comments

Saying "Academic Life in Emergency Medicine" is a mouthful. Over the years there has been great controversy on our team about how to pronounce the abbreviated name "ALiEM." Is it a long A like cake? Or is it a short A like apple? People were pronouncing it all sorts of creative ways. In the hopes of making our identity clear, we had heated discussions about this on the team. After much debate (and punitive push-ups), we resolved to pronounce it with a long A - like "alien". This applies to all our ALiEM projects and initiatives such as ALiEMU.

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IDEA Series: Teaching ECGs through a Written Competition

By |Sep 21, 2017|Categories: IDEA series|0 Comments

The Problem ECG interpretation is a cornerstone of Emergency Medicine (EM). It requires both rapid identification of life-threatening abnormalities and fastidious attention to detail. This pairing can intimidate some junior learners, and identifying an effective and engaging method for teaching ECGs is important to resident education. We report a teaching method that addresses this problem with an annual residency ECG competition. […]

SplintER Series: Splint Principles 101

By |Sep 19, 2017|Categories: Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Incubators, Orthopedic, SplintER|0 Comments

Why do we splint? Splinting is one of the fundamental procedures of the Emergency Department (ED). How well-versed are we with it? Why do we even splint? By the end of this post, you will know the reason why we splint, when to splint, and just as importantly — when NOT to splint in the ED. […]

SplintER: A New Series on Orthopedic Injuries and Splinting

By |Sep 18, 2017|Categories: Incubators, Orthopedic, SplintER|0 Comments

The purpose of the SplintER series is to teach the fundamentals and introduce advanced concepts of splinting to the Emergency Medicine (EM) professional. Humans have been splinting their injuries since 1300 B.C.1 Although the fundamentals have not changed, splint selection and application require some thoughtful consideration. A 2017 prospective, observational study in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics demonstrated that more than 90% of splints applied in the Emergency Department were inappropriate (30% applied by EM attendings), as evaluated by orthopaedic surgeons.2 While that number may not be representative in your institution, it certainly highlights the inadequacies that many of us feel [...]

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IDEA Series: Video Review as an Experiential Model for Difficult Airway Education

By |Sep 1, 2017|Categories: IDEA series|0 Comments

The Problem Difficult airways, including those that are edematous, burned, soiled, or traumatic, pose one of the greatest procedural challenges for emergency physicians. Furthermore, unanticipated difficult airways represent 5-15% of intubations in the ED. Emergency medicine residents gain experience with difficult airways largely through hands-on practice while caring for critically ill patients. The relatively low frequency of complex intubations, however, necessitates an educational model that extends beyond the ED and can be shared with multiple learners. […]

ALiEM Awards 2017: A Call for Nominations

By |Aug 23, 2017|Categories: Academic|0 Comments

We are proud to announce the return of the Annual ALiEM Awards! Started in 2016, this was the first in its kind to officially recognize the hard work and creative energy that is required in the generation of social media educational content. We are excited to bring it back to shine the spotlight on another year’s worth of high performers and game changers in medical education! […]