New Year’s Resolution | Post-It Pearls – Back to basics with bedside teaching

By |Jan 4, 2017|Categories: Medical Education|5 Comments

Happy new year! With so many exciting new blogs and podcasts out there producing wonderful clinical and professional development content, it strikes me that we may be overlooking the critical value that our star bedside clinician-educators provide for medical students and residents. Inspired by the #WhiteboardTeaching photos which Dr. Amal Mattu tweets from his ED shifts, I too started tweeting my own Post-It Pearls (#PostitPearls). In doing so, it has curiously reinvigorated my passion and dedication for bedside teaching. It has also allowed other learners and nurses to share in the teaching and learning. We are constantly on the lookout for something to [...]

The ALiEM Team: Meet some of our all-star cast

By |Jan 4, 2017|Categories: Academic|0 Comments

Happy new year! Over 80 people make the whole ALiEM organization run, often behind the scenes. In the spirit of creativity and building a cohesive team culture, we felt that an "About Us" page with standard professional headshots would be too traditional.  So we made cartoon avatars of our top 30 organizational and project leaders. Take a peek at our all-star cast on our Meet the Team page.  

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Work-Life Balancing Act

By |Dec 21, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|1 Comment

“The hardest thing for me was trying to find time to do things aside from being a resident. When you’re working six 12 hours shifts in a week, there’s only so much time left in the day to do anything else. Especially in the winter, you wake up, you get to work before the sun comes up, you work a 12 hour shift, you leave, and the sun’s gone. By the time you get home, you have enough time to wash the grime off, shovel a sandwich in your mouth, and pass out. And there was nothing else except for [...]

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MEdIC Series: Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |Dec 16, 2016|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year outlined a scenario many of us deal with at some point throughout our careers, that of a senior emergency resident struggling to cope with the physical, emotional and mental exhaustion of working in our chosen field of medicine. 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 3 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich [...]

ALiEM Book Club | Show and Tell by Dan Roam

By |Dec 4, 2016|Categories: Book Club, Medical Education|0 Comments

“Its all about the audience” is a nice sentiment, but only half true” ― Dan Roam, author of “Show and Tell” book Public speaking and presentation building skills are critical aspects of medical education and academic careers. Despite how important it is to develop these skills, many educators often “wing it” or copy the same boring format they have seen in the past. Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations by Dan Roam is a worthy investment for anyone seeking to improve their public speaking skills. And this concise book stands out among the plethora of books available in this genre; not only is [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year

By |Dec 2, 2016|Categories: MEdIC series|25 Comments

Welcome to season 4, episode 3 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! In this month’s case, a senior resident is experiencing the effects of physician fatigue and burnout. […]

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IDEA Series: Partnering with Pathology to Review Deaths in the ED

By |Nov 27, 2016|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education|0 Comments

The Problem As part of their training, Emergency Medicine (EM) residents are required to perform patient follow up. However, there is currently no universal format in place. Additionally, there is often little follow-up information available on patients who die during the course of their Emergency Department (ED) visit, or shortly after admission to the hospital. […]

NEW: 2nd Edition of In-Training Exam Prep Book (Sets 1-5)

By |Nov 25, 2016|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Hot off the press! The 2nd edition to the ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep Book in Emergency Medicine book is already out less than 6 months from the first edition. This 2nd edition book includes fixes for broken links, spelling and grammar errors, and ambiguous questions. Many thanks to the readership for their feedback. This book is released again in iBook and PDF form for free. Congratulations to the editors-in-chief Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Dr. Rochelle Zarzar, and Philippe Bierny, as well as the previous editors-in-chief Dr. Dorothy Habrat, Dr. Margaret Sheehy, Dr. Samuel, and Zidovetzki from the first edition. To clarify, these 250 multiple-choice questions are designated as Question Sets [...]

ALiEM Book Club: Creative Confidence

By |Nov 20, 2016|Categories: Book Club|0 Comments

What is your definition of creativity? Are you innovative? Can doctors be creative and innovative? The authors Tom and David Kelley set out with their book “Creative Confidence” [Amazon link] to convince you of the importance of creativity and how to harness its power. For anyone who is looking for a little inspiration, “Creative Confidence” will not only change your perspective but also inspire you to go out and change the world through the introduction of Design Thinking. […]

Interview with Drs. Michael Callaham and Ellen Weber: Behind the scenes of journal peer review

By |Nov 17, 2016|Categories: Incubators, Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |0 Comments

As part of the ALiEM Faculty Incubator Program, Dr. Mike Callaham (Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Emergency Medicine) and Dr. Ellen Weber (Editor-in-Chief of Emergency Medicine Journal) participated in a Google Hangout where they provided expert advice on academic writing and peer review. We have summarized their wisdom below.   […]