ALiEM Book Club: Beyond the ED – Recommendations by Dr. Ed Newton

By |Aug 28, 2016|Categories: Beyond the ED, Book Club|0 Comments

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longing are universal longings, the you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. ” – F. Scott Fitzgerald If the mark of a person are the people they have directly influenced, then Dr. Ed Newton is in rarefied company. He trained in Emergency Medicine at LAC+USC at a time where there were serious concerns about the legitimacy and the long-term future of the field. After finishing a fellowship in medical toxicology, he has held nearly every position in the LAC+USC Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a [...]

ALiEM Bookclub: Beyond the ED – Recommendations by Dr. Louis Ling

By |Aug 21, 2016|Categories: Beyond the ED, Book Club|0 Comments

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Dr. Louis Ling is currently Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Senior Vice President for Hospital Accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), however he is probably best known as one of the founders of Academic Emergency Medicine. He practiced for over 30 years at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) where he ran the program in medical toxicology and served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education as well as the Chief [...]

ALiEM Book Club: A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

By |Aug 14, 2016|Categories: Book Club, EMS|0 Comments

“EMS is wild and imperfect. Just like our patients. It’s dangerous and a little mad and possibly contagious…patients don’t come to us… we go to them, and where and how we find them, well, that, too, is part of the story. once in the field, we should expect no help.” – Kevin Hazzard […]

8 Tips on How to Succeed in Your EM Sub-Internship

By |Aug 12, 2016|Categories: Medical Education|4 Comments

This time of year is almost universally overwhelming for visiting medical students at away rotations. They are thrown into a new environment for a brief amount of time and there is a great deal of pressure to impress both faculty and residents. After years of hard work and study, these few weeks may be one of the most influential aspects of a residency application. A survey study of Emergency Medicine (EM) residency program directors by Crane et al. showed that EM rotation grade was the single most important factor in resident selection.1 Given the importance of performing well on this rotation, [...]

ALiEM Bookclub: Beyond the ED – Recommendations by Dr. Mike Gisondi

By |Aug 7, 2016|Categories: Beyond the ED, Book Club|0 Comments

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss Dr. Mike Gisondi is the program director of the Northwestern Emergency Medicine Residency as well as a leader in medical education, faculty development, and palliative care. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his work, receiving the 2014 ACEP National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award as well as being appointed as the director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME). For readers of ALiEM he is probably best known as the host of the [...]

IDEA Series: Highlighting FOAM Content through an Asynchronous Course

By |Aug 5, 2016|Categories: IDEA series|0 Comments

The Problem Many residents regularly consume FOAM (Free Open Access Medical Education) and online educational materials independently, without faculty guidance or input. At the same time, residency programs are looking for ways to provide high-quality asynchronous learning opportunities to their residents while remaining compliant with the Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC-EM) Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) guidelines. […]

A Starter’s Roadmap to EM Resources: Books, Websites, and Apps

By |Aug 3, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|2 Comments

With the start of the year, we welcomed a new group of faces into our respective residency programs. We can all still remember how daunting it was to tackle learning the immense volume of material to be a great emergency medicine physician. We have so many amazing resources, but no road maps for where to start. The purpose of this list is to help guide the new interns as well as to highlight some resources that even the more seasoned clinician may find useful. […]

Using Slack for Residency Communication – Do’s and Dont’s

By |Jul 29, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|6 Comments

One of the most difficult parts of residency and medical education is coordination and communication. Often residents and faculty alike can be found drowning in a never ending onslaught of emails, with chains of projects getting buried amongst reply-all’s and attachments. Over the course of the past year, our residency program at Doctors Hospital-OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio has been using a newer form of communication to facilitate the dissemination of information and collaboration as a group. After some initial exploration into technology and apps, it was decided to try out the program called Slack. Designed to help large groups work [...]

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MEdIC Series: Case of the Honorary Authorship – Expert Review & Curated Commentary

By |Jul 22, 2016|Categories: MEdIC series, Medical Education|0 Comments

The Case of the Honorary Authorship outlined a scenario of a senior academic scientist interacting with two more junior researchers, raising issues around publication ethics and professionalism. This month the MEdIC team (Brent Thoma, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Tamara McColl, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, and Teresa Chan), hosted a discussion around these questions 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 our participants for contributing to the very rich discussions last week. […]

Escaping Addiction with Dignity as a Medical Student

By |Jul 12, 2016|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: |2 Comments

“The most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about.” –David Foster Wallace Addiction can be a nightmare of isolation and shame, but it doesn’t have to be. I will always remember my last night of withdraw; sitting in the busy waiting room of my training hospital. I kept thinking about what might happen if one of my EM attendings were to care for me. To see me sick, weak, and vulnerable. Nobody other than my family knew I struggled with alcohol abuse, and I was exhausted with the neverending cycle of [...]