APPLY NOW: 2019 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) Education Fellowship Program

By |Oct 11, 2018|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

The 2019 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) conference is in May, but opportunities start NOW. This conference is one of the largest live EM educational conferences in the world with over 2,000 attendees. The conference organizers, led by Dr. Paul Jhun, are again offering an amazing opportunity for EM residents anywhere in the world to serve as an EEM Fellow for the next EEM conference May 14-16, 2019. […]

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IDEA Series: Utilizing On-Shift Shared Google Docs as an Interactive Digital Whiteboard

By |Oct 2, 2018|Categories: IDEA series|0 Comments

The Problem Despite the importance of on-shift teaching, finding an effective and efficient method can be challenging when juggling the multiple simultaneous demands of the emergency department. Various EM educators have recently shared their innovative methods for on-shift teaching. Dr. Amal Mattu has championed the #WhiteboardTeaching movement on Twitter, and Drs. Michelle Lin and Rob Cooney have championed the use of post-it notes paired with educational pearls.1,2 Computers, however, have become an inescapable part of ED workflow. Physicians may spend more time in front of computers than talking to patients.3 Perhaps computers, which are readily available at most physician work-stations, can [...]

Teaming Tips Case 1: Project Leadership Pyramid | ALiEM Faculty Incubator

By |Sep 28, 2018|Categories: Incubators, Medical Education, Professional Development|0 Comments

Many of you are asked to take a leadership role within your department: managing a research team, joining your administration, or spearheading a clinical effort. It is easy to feel unprepared for these roles, and there are many pitfalls waiting to sabotage your team’s productivity. The ALiEM Faculty Incubator has created a series of 10 case-based teaming problems to provide you with evidence-based advice and solutions for tackling some of the more common problems encountered in our professional team experiences. […]

EM Fellowship Match Advice: Ultrasound Fellowship

By |Sep 10, 2018|Categories: EM Match Advice, Ultrasound|0 Comments

The EM Residency Match Advice Series is back with its latest installment! We put the focus on emergency ultrasound fellowships, and our sage panel walks us through some of the changes to this year’s application cycle. For the first time, Ultrasound Fellowship Programs will participate in the NRMP match program. The Society for Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships (SCUF) provides the fellowship application service (similar to the role of ERAS, but shorter!) for the residency match. Hosted by Drs. Michael Gisondi and Michelle Lin, watch the video or listen to the podcast to learn about important changes to the application process and [...]

5 Tips to Developing the Daily Habit of Writing in Academia

By |Sep 9, 2018|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

As newly-minted education fellows, we are expected to be productive writers, and we wanted to share what we’ve learned so far about developing the daily habit – yes, habit! – of writing. For some people, writing seems easy. But not everyone can write non-stop, like they’re running out of time. Writing productively is an important skill to learn, especially if you have your sights set on an academic career. Here are 5 tips to get you started! […]

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IDEA Series: Building a High Fidelity Biosimulation Task Trainer for Resuscitative Hysterotomy

By |Aug 28, 2018|Categories: IDEA series, Simulation|0 Comments

The Problem The peri-mortem cesarean section, rebranded in recent years as the “Resuscitative Hysterotomy”, is a potentially lifesaving procedure for both a pregnant mother and her child. It is both daunting and infrequently performed, necessitating frequent review of indications, techniques, and pitfalls to ensure the best possible outcome for mother and baby. The decision to perform this procedure should be made only in pulseless women with a uterine fundus above the umbilicus, which indicates a gestation of >20 weeks.1,2 Prior studies suggest the procedure should be performed within 5 minutes of maternal cardiac arrest in order to maximize the probability of [...]

TLDR Book Review: “make it stick: The Science of Successful Learning”

By |Aug 21, 2018|Categories: Book Club|Tags: |0 Comments

Bookstore shelves and Amazon lists are filled with self-help titles that promise to make you a better manager, a better parent, or a better fishmonger. But most of them suffer from the same weakness: 2 pages of good practical advice is padded with 298 pages of filler. Our new column TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) is a solution to what we call the McNugget Problem: trying to find the 5 bullet points of meaty goodness suspended within a mass of stale anecdotes, overcooked platitudes, and bad food analogies. Our TLDR goal is to find the critical take-aways in each book [...]

From One Medical Student to Another: 5 Tips for Research Success

By |Aug 7, 2018|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

One of the most challenging aspects of medical school is the sheer volume of information that must be absorbed in a short period. This can pose a problem for those interested in developing research skills and pursuing an independent project. As colleagues, we know that our inherent curiosity is satisfied by discovering new information as much as it is by learning clinical content. We believe that it is important to showcase our hard work through a formal research project, but there are systematic barriers to finding a research mentor and team. Although there are many resources to guide you on [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Medication Mishap – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |Jul 20, 2018|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

Our last case of season 5, The Case of the Medication Mishap, presented the scenario of a senior resident, Tim, who inadvertently administers an incorrect medication dose that leads to a serious adverse event. He then struggles with how to handle this situation as we often aren’t coached on the approach to physician errors and disclosing adverse events throughout our medical training. Physicians aren’t allowed to make mistakes, right? If you haven’t had a chance yet, we urge you to check out the case and share your thoughts on this important topic! The MEdIC team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Medication Mishap

By |Jul 6, 2018|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

Welcome to season 5, episode 9 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, 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 our last case of the year, we present the scenario of a senior resident, Tim, who inadvertently administers an incorrect medication dose that leads to a serious adverse event. He then struggles with how to deal with this error as we often aren’t coached on situations like these throughout our training. Physicians aren’t allowed [...]