IDEA Series: The “Knowledge Bomb” Highlights Clinically Relevant Research

By |Oct 24, 2016|Categories: IDEA series|1 Comment

The Problem Residents continually face the challenge of keeping up to date with relevant medical literature in the midst of the rigors of completing medical residency. In addition, application of new medical knowledge obtained from reviewing recent research can be challenging and is a difficult skill to teach. Residency provides a unique experience for individual learners based on each learner’s personal interests, interactions with other learners and faculty, and patient encounters. Often, residents achieve their best research and article discovery when prompted by specific patient encounters. A forum for individual residents to share knowledge gained from research prompted by these encounters [...]

52 Articles in 52 Weeks (2nd edition, 2016)

By |Oct 19, 2016|Categories: Emergency Medicine, Medical Education|2 Comments

Maintaining lifelong learning is challenging, especially when trying to keep up with all of the journal publications in emergency medicine (EM). In 2013, we published a compilation of 52 journal articles, which interns could read over a 52-week period, at an average pace of 1 journal article per week. In the list below, we present an updated compilation for the “52 Articles in 52 Weeks” initiative. […]

ALiEM Book Club: On The Move

By |Oct 16, 2016|Categories: Book Club|0 Comments

“I am a storyteller, for better and for worse. I suspect that a feeling for stories, for narrative, is a universal human disposition, going with our powers of language, consciousness of self, and autobiographical memory.” —Oliver Sacks, On the Move Oliver Sacks has been many things in his life—physician, writer, researcher, drug addict, power lifter, motorcycle lover. He writes about all of these experiences as they have arced across the course of his much varied life in his memoir, On the Move [Amazon]. In this colorful autobiography, Sacks bobs and weaves through his own life, at times focusing in on [...]

Introducing CME for ALiEM via FOAMbase

By |Oct 15, 2016|Categories: CME, Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

Ever wish you could get Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) you already consume? We are excited to announce that 10 ALiEM articles are now available for AMA PRA Category 1 CME. This is a pilot program in collaboration with FOAMbase and EB Medicine. There is great content on trauma, geriatrics, pediatrics, critical care, and more. We think CME for FOAM is going to be a great way to increase sustainability for FOAM authors while keeping FOAM 100% free and open access.   […]

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MEdIC: Case of Cognitive Overload – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |Oct 14, 2016|Categories: MEdIC series|2 Comments

The Case of Cognitive Overload outlined a scenario of a junior resident dealing with the harsh realities of working in emergency medicine when she experiences the negative impacts of cognitive overload while caring for a sick patient. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, 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 2 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case! […]

New initiative: Wellness Think Tank for EM residents

By |Oct 3, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|Tags: |0 Comments

The issues of wellness, burnout, and resiliency have snowballed across nearly all health professions. Emergency Medicine (EM) specifically was singled out as one of the specialties with highest risk for burnout at >60%.1 There has been much discussion around the general “UN-wellness” of medicine, and we now feel that there is a dire need for action. Instead of tackling the entire spectrum of wellness throughout medicine, we wanted to focus on EM residents. As a response to this need, we are proud to announce the launch of the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank, which is a private virtual community comprised of EM residents across North America. What better stakeholder group to [...]

MEdIC Case: The Case of the Cognitive Overload

By |Sep 30, 2016|Categories: MEdIC series|10 Comments

Welcome to season 4, 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, 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 junior resident deals with some of the harsh realities of emergency medicine when she experiences the negative impacts of cognitive overload when caring for a sick patient. […]

10 Tips to Become a Successful Interviewer: Do’s and Don’ts

By |Sep 15, 2016|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

As fall approaches, senior medical students and Emergency Medicine (EM) residency programs alike are beginning to prepare for the upcoming interview season. As part of the process, many programs have current residents interview potential candidates – their future colleagues! For most residents, though they have often been the interviewee, this is the first time they have filled the role of the interviewer. Among all the busy shifts and learning everything you need to know to be an amazing EM physician, there is little time for practice or formal training. To help, we have compiled our top “10 Tips to Become [...]

IDEA Series: An Asynchronous Curriculum for the Resident as Teacher

By |Sep 9, 2016|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

The Problem While residents may accumulate teaching tips and techniques during the course of their training by observing their mentors at work, learning how to educate while balancing the needs of a busy emergency department (ED) is a difficult skill to acquire. Unfortunately, excellent clinical skills do not always equate to effective teaching skills. With training, however, even the initially reluctant teacher can begin to effectively engage learners in the ED. An elective aimed toward developing the resident as a teacher allows residents to acquire and practice skills that will be particularly helpful for those that ultimately take on academic roles with teaching requirements. As dedicated faculty time [...]