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Building a Cohesive Residency Program: Top 10 Strategies to Engage Residents

By |Aug 7, 2017|Categories: Incubators, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Welcome to the beginning of the most exciting and terrifying time in your residency — the start to a new year! To help start the year off right a group of chief residents from across the country, through the ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator, have gotten together and compiled a list of ways for chief residents (and other resident leaders) to engage residents early to hopefully make this the best year yet of residency. […]

ALiEM’s Greatest MEdIC Hits for New Academic Faculty: A Curated Collection of 8 Cases

By |Aug 4, 2017|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

Ok, while we congratulated the senior residents in our last piece, but let’s be honest, YOU (the junior faculty members) are the ones who TRULY should be congratulated. You’ve survived residency, and now you’re the boss! You’re probably sighing with relief at the moment. But eventually, you’ll ask yourself: “Now, what’s next?” Well, yet again, the ALiEM MEdIC team has some resources for you! […]

ALiEM Book Club: And The Band Played On

By |Jul 29, 2017|Categories: Book Club|0 Comments

With consistent, adequate treatment, people with HIV have a life expectancy that is nearly normal. However, because HIV often affects the most vulnerable people in our society, getting that consistent treatment remains a real and important challenge. 30 years after And the Band Played On was first published, HIV/AIDS is now often viewed as a chronic illness, rather than the terminal diagnosis it was in the 1980s. For those born after the first AIDS deaths occurred in the US, it can be hard to imagine the fear, denial, stigma, and confusion that accompanied the early AIDS epidemic. Randy Shilts’ And [...]

ALiEM’s Greatest MEdIC Hits for New Senior Residents: A Curated Collection of 10 Cases

By |Jul 28, 2017|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

While we congratulated and welcomed the interns with the list of Greatest Hits for Interns, it’s high time we actually congratulate and welcome you… the new Senior Residents! You’ve toiled through call shifts on off-service rotations,  you’ve worked hard reviewing cases with junior residents and getting grilled you about the latest esoteric facts by the seniors!  And now, you’re going to be in charge of other other residents!?!  You are probably equal parts excited and scared… but more to the point you may be wondering – How does one actually be a great senior resident? Well we have some resources for you! […]

ALiEM’s Greatest Hits for Interns: A Curated Collection of High-Yield Topics

By |Jul 21, 2017|Categories: Cardiovascular, Critical Care/ Resus, Gastrointestinal, Medical Education, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Tox & Medications, Ultrasound for the Win|0 Comments

Congratulations, you’ve made it! On July 1, thousands of medical students across the country made the transition to becoming Emergency Medicine residents. It was a particularly competitive year for Emergency Medicine, with 99.7% of first-year spots filled despite a whopping 2,047 positions being offered in 2017 (up by 152 spots compared to last year).1 Now begins the most crucial 3 or 4 years of your medical training that will prepare you for the rest of your career in Emergency Medicine. […]

MEdIC Series: Case of the Competency Conundrum – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |Jul 14, 2017|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

Our final case of this season, The Case of the Competency Conundrum, outlined a scenario of residency competency committee members who are divided in their approach to a superstar R4 resident, Josh, who has already completed the requirements of his training program. They struggle with competing opinions surrounding competency based medical education (CBME) early advancement principles and the importance of continued exposure/service. 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 [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Competency Conundrum

By |Jun 30, 2017|Categories: MEdIC series|7 Comments

Welcome to season 4, episode 9 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 residency competency committee that has competing opinions surrounding competency based medical education (CBME) advancement principles when faced with a superstar resident who has met the requirements of his program and may complete his training ahead of the usual trajectory. […]

Academic Primer Series and Curated Collections for Educators: Important Papers for Medical Educators

By |Jun 21, 2017|Categories: Incubators, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Members and mentors of the inaugural, 2016-17 ALiEM Faculty Incubator authored 9 narrative reviews in the Academic Primer Series and Curated Collections for Educators on several important medical education topics, which highlight the most important literature and their defined importance for junior educators and faculty developers. To ensure broad compendiums of articles were obtained on each subject, collections of papers were augmented via an open call for additional papers using Twitter. Subsequently, a selection panel comprised of both junior and seasoned educators utilized a 3-round modified Delphi process to identify the best, most relevant papers for medical educators. […]

MEdIC Series: Case of the Failure to Fail – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |Jun 16, 2017|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

The Case of the Failure to Fail outlined a scenario of an attending emergency physician who was frustrated with the ingrained “failure to fail” culture amongst his colleagues when faced with a resident who had significantly underperformed throughout his emergency medicine rotation. 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 [...]

EM Fellowship Match Advice: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

By |Jun 8, 2017|Categories: EM Match Advice|0 Comments

The second season of our EM Fellowship Match Advice Series launches with this insightful discussion with Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship Directors from across the United States talking about the nuances of applying into this ACGME fellowship, particularly through the lens of EM-trained residents. Hosted by Dr. Michael Gisondi, watch this video Google Hangout or listen to the edited Soundcloud podcast version for details. […]