EM Match Advice: Administration Fellowship

By |Sep 6, 2020|Categories: EM Match Advice|Tags: |0 Comments

    The EM Administration Fellowship serves to train residents desiring to pursue a leadership position in departments and hospital systems. Many graduates become department chairs and medical directors. Hosted by Dr. Michael Gisondi (Stanford) and Dr. Michelle Lin (UCSF), this podcast features fellowship directors from around the country discussing the who, what, when, and why of the fellowship. […]

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A Recipe for Success: Virtual Alternatives to Residency Pre-Interview Receptions

By |Sep 4, 2020|Categories: Academic, Medical Education|0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic forced sweeping changes to graduate medical education over the last several months, and as we plan for the new academic year, it is clear that residency recruitment will fundamentally change as well. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a position statement encouraging medical school, residency, and faculty interviews to be held virtually [1]. While there is precedent for holding residency and fellowship interviews online [2-4], these new circumstances present significant challenges for applicants and residency programs alike. One important change will be the loss of the pre-interview reception. Information exchange between students and residents over [...]

The Leader’s Library: The Power of Moments | Sign Up for the Book Club

By |Aug 30, 2020|Categories: Academic, Book Club, Leaders Library|Tags: |0 Comments

Thus far, 2020 has been a year of catastrophic events, some surprising and others disappointingly predictable, and many people are struggling to navigate the chaos, to grasp at some semblance of a routine in the face of an unpredictable near future. Time has become a blur, a coalescence of unremarkable (yet unprecedented) moments. What if we have the possibility to intentionally create these moments, for ourselves and those around us? What if, by reframing the way we view memory, experience, and time, we could be the powerful author of our own moments? […]

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Free ALiEM MEdIC Series Book – Volume 5

By |Aug 14, 2020|Categories: Academic, MEdIC series, Medical Education|0 Comments

This is a bittersweet moment for the MEdIC Editorial team – the launch of our 5th and final volume of our Medical Education in Cases ebook. We are very excited to showcase the compilation of our final season and hope that it serves you well as you all look to expand your online learning and teaching resources during this incredible time in medical history. We hope that you, your colleagues, and the greater FOAMed community enjoy this collaborative collection of high-quality cases and curated online commentary centered on educational, ethical, and professionalism-based quandaries. Your support, contributions, and enthusiasm for the [...]

IDEA Series: Pre-recorded Video Simulation Series for Residency Conference

By |Jul 29, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education, Simulation|0 Comments

During medical simulation, the inherent unpredictability of learners’ performances and decisions can make it challenging to consistently achieve desired learning objectives. The amount learned and the errors made can vary wildly between groups. Paradoxically, a stellar student can minimize the learning for the other providers if he or she takes over and effortlessly completes the case. Likewise, the visceral impact of seeing a case go horribly wrong can have tremendous teaching value.1 In addition to these challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced additional barriers to medical simulation training; physical distancing measures have resulted in limited or canceled simulation activities for [...]

IDEA Series: Big Screen Ultrasound in Resuscitation Bays

By |Jul 24, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education, Ultrasound|0 Comments

Bedside ultrasound (US) often plays a crucial role in medical and trauma resuscitations in the emergency department (ED) [1]. Performing and interpreting bedside US studies such as the Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (E-FAST) during traumas or echocardiography during medical resuscitations are key skills for emergency medicine residents to learn during their training and adopt into clinical practice [2]. During trauma resuscitations timely and efficient dissemination of critical information is paramount. Information obtained via bedside US can be critical in determining further clinical actions (need for urgent thoracostomy for a pneumothorax, need for urgent exploratory laparotomy in a [...]

Banishing Busy: Part 3

By |Jul 17, 2020|Categories: Life, Professional Development|0 Comments

Medical professionals are busy people and exist in a constant state of “being busy.” How do we resolve chronic “busy-ness”? How do we manage our time effectively? In her recent talk at the CORD Academic Assembly 2020, Dr. Christina Shenvi, EM Physician and Associate Residency Director at UNC, provided 5 key actions to help us be productive, complete our work effectively, and strive for work-life balance. Dr. Shenvi recorded her lecture again to be shared with the ALiEM Faculty Incubator. This series of posts breaks down her talk into 3 sections in order to summarize her key points and to [...]

IDEA Series: Toxicology Virtual Escape Room during COVID-19

By |Jul 15, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education, Tox & Medications|0 Comments

In order to enhance emergency medicine (EM) residents’ knowledge of toxicology core content, we previously created an immersive escape room experience complete with team-based puzzle solving in a geographical maze to find an antidote. The subsequent COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing guidelines resulted in canceled in-person EM conferences, thereby requiring a rapid adaptation to virtual formats [1-4]. Our toxicology division sought a novel method of engaging learners with toxicology core content remotely.  […]

Little Big Med Podcast: Gender Equity in Medicine

By |Jul 10, 2020|Categories: Pediatrics, Podcasts, Professional Development, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

It’s time to talk about gender equity in medicine. Significant gender disparities exist in both healthcare institutions and professional societies. These disparities persist even in fields that are predominantly female, such as pediatrics. In fact, although women comprise 72.3% of active pediatricians, only 27.5% of pediatric department chairs across US medical schools are women. Why does this disparity exist? What can we do to address it? In this episode of the Little Big Med podcast, host Dr. Jason Woods discusses these questions with Dr. Nancy Spector, Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine and Executive Director of the [...]

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IDEA Series: Homemade Escharotomy Kit

By |Jul 6, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Trauma|0 Comments

Although escharotomy is rarely performed by emergency physicians during the initial management of burns, it is a life and limb-sparing skill important to know as a trainee and provider in emergency medicine [1,2]. There are few models made to accommodate procedural training, and the ones available are often cost-prohibitive. It is critical to have a method for learning and practicing this important procedure [3,4]. […]