Silence is not an option: Addressing structural racism in medical education

By |Jun 19, 2020|Categories: Academic, Emergency Medicine, Life|0 Comments

The year 2020 has been a year of upheaval. The COVID pandemic revealed disparities in healthcare and its effects on marginalized groups such as the Black community. The pervasive effects of structural racism affect all of us, including in medical education. We cannot and must not remain silent. As we honor Juneteenth, #BlackLivesMatter, and #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives, let us reflect on ways we can address racial injustice in our direct environment. […]

EM Match Advice: Program Directors Reflect on the 2020 Residency Match

By |Jun 7, 2020|Categories: EM Match Advice, Podcasts|0 Comments

How competitive was the 2020 EM residency match? Although COVID-19 has changed some of the rules and planning for the 2020-21 residency application season, historical data still remains a helpful guide. We have updated our annual table summarizing how competitive the EM residency match was, based on National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) data. […]

All-EM Residency Graduation Extravaganza: Save the Date

By |Jun 5, 2020|Categories: Academic, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

We invite all of you to join the first-ever all-EM residency graduation event to celebrate the #EMClassof2020 who are embarking on their professional careers in an especially tumultuous time in history. Although this online event cannot replace the experience of an in-person departmental event, we hope that we can all take a collective pause to realize how connected we are in EM and even find some joy in these dark times. As a testament to this momentous “leveling-up” event, world-class speakers, Dr. Esther Choo, Dr. Mel Herbert, and Dr. Amal Mattu will headline a series of well-wishes and inspirational words. [...]

Social Distancing Simulation: Tips for Leading a Virtual Session With Student Learners

By |Jun 1, 2020|Categories: COVID19, Education Articles, Simulation|0 Comments

We’ve all had to get a bit creative over the past few weeks. COVID-19 has ushered in an era of not only pushing healthcare workers and hospitals into uncharted territory, but also challenging the structure and delivery of medical education. Simulation education is one of many teaching modalities that is affected by this change given its case-based, in-person structure with a team of learners. These characteristics unfortunately violate the 6-foot rule of social distancing. While traditional simulation is not typically conceptualized as a virtual modality, many of its principals can be successfully adapted for remote learning. […]

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IDEA Series: Use of gamification through Clue: Pediatric Rash Edition

By |May 13, 2020|Categories: Dermatology, IDEA series, Pediatrics|0 Comments

Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians care for anyone, with anything, at any time. This includes pediatric patients as well as adults. For those without advanced pediatric training, “sick kids” can be quite intimidating. Rashes in the pediatric population are often benign, but in rare cases they portend significant illness. Rashes are also frequent chief complaints; In 2015, there were 1,452,300 pediatric ED visits for “skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders” [1]. We sought to improve the teaching of pediatric rashes in our residency curriculum. […]

The Leader’s Library: The Coffee Bean – Open call for participants

By |May 8, 2020|Categories: Book Club, Leaders Library|0 Comments

Life recently has been, to say the least, a hair stressful. The global pandemic, with all the resultant lifestyle upheaval, has seized a commanding presence in every minute of every day, personal and professional, and many of us are feeling the heat. There’s never been a more appropriate time then to cultivate effective coping strategies as a community, and ALiEM is here to help, with the third installment of The Leader’s Library, covering The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change by Jon Gordon and Damon West. […]

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IDEA series: The Bleeding Arm Tourniquet Simulation

By |Apr 24, 2020|Categories: IDEA series, Medical Education, Simulation, Trauma|0 Comments

Education in emergency response to trauma is a global health priority [1]. Mortality rates are nearly twice as high in patients with trauma in low-income as compared to high-income countries [2]. With uncontrolled bleeding as the number one cause of death from trauma, tourniquet application has been the focus of training programs, like the “Stop the Bleed” campaign in the United States [3]. Although understanding how to apply a tourniquet is a life-saving intervention, use of a windlass tourniquet may not be intuitive [4].  The windlass tourniquet in its simplest form is the “stick-and-rope.” Winding the stick in the tourniquet [...]

EM Bound: Newsletter for medical students interested in EM

By |Apr 21, 2020|Categories: Medical Education, Medical Student|0 Comments

Are you a medical student, pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine (EM)? You are navigating your third and fourth years of medical school during an unprecedented time of the COVID-19 era. What if you can not get a visiting EM clerkship rotation? Are you automatically out of luck when it comes to residency applications? How do you keep apprised of timely, relevant information for residency application season? In an effort to support you and get ultra-prepared for the near future and EM internship, we are launching a monthly free email newsletter. Led by editor Dr. Sree Natesan (Assistant EM Residency [...]

CRincubator Live: A Chief Resident Professional Development Learning Lab

By |Apr 18, 2020|Categories: Incubators, Professional Development|Tags: , , |0 Comments

"In every crisis, there is an opportunity." This famous quote by Albert Einstein illustrates the opportunity to reinvent our Chief Resident Incubator ("CRincubator") year-long experience. We had planned to retire the CRincubator as of a month ago. However, given the relative void in Chief Resident professional development opportunities this year because of physical distancing rules, we wanted to share our lessons learned and resources developed over the past 5 years. We thus announce a half-day, online, professional development learning lab opportunity to all EM Chief Residents. Come join us on May 6, 2020. Read more about the unique curriculum and [...]

EM Match Advice: COVID-19 and the 2020-21 Residency Application Season

By |Apr 4, 2020|Categories: COVID19, EM Match Advice, Podcasts|0 Comments

With so much appropriate attention focused on getting frontline emergency providers with personal protective equipment in the COVID-19 era, one major overshadowed storyline is the uncertainty of the 2020-21 interview season for medical students applying into Emergency Medicine (EM). COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the entire application season not only for medical students, but also medical schools, residency programs, and hospitals. The downstream effects of potentially canceling visiting (away) EM rotations and possibly even home EM rotations in the near term are dizzying. How does one obtain enough letters of recommendation? Should I even apply for visiting EM rotations? [...]