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Article Review: Barriers to effective teaching

By |Mar 21, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

I think there is no better or more rewarding job than being an educator, especially in the field of Medicine. There are, however, significant financial, societal, curricular, and environmental barriers which prevent optimally effective teaching in Medicine. In a commentary piece in Academic Medicine, the authors review the barriers and some forward-thinking recommendations for our leaders in medical academia. While the focus of the article is on undergraduate medical education, many concepts apply to graduate medical education as well. […]

Article Review: Professionalism of physicians on Twitter

By |Feb 21, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Social Media & Tech|2 Comments

  In a Research Letter in JAMA, Dr. Chretien et al describe the profile of physicians in the Twitter universe, specifically focusing on professionalism.Inclusion criteria: Self identified physician At least 500 followers during May 1-31, 2010 (Whew, I only have 309 followers.) English tweets Posted a tweet within last 6 months […]

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Didactic videos for rotating residents the ED

By |Feb 8, 2011|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: |1 Comment

Many academic Emergency Departments are staffed by non-EM residents. Dr. Amer Aldeen and his super-star team from Northwestern created NURRC Modules (Northwestern University Rotating Resident Curriculum). These modules allow the off-service residents, who all have different schedules, to learn key EM-based topics at their own leisure and convenience. The positive effect of the curriculum on the off-service residents’ medical knowledge was recently published in Academic Emergency Medicine […]

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Article review: How competent do trainees feel?

By |Feb 7, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|1 Comment

It is 2 a.m. You, the resident, have just spoken to your staff/attending, who told you to do a task. You have seen one, but don’t feel comfortable doing one independently. Will you tell your staff/attending about how you feel?  What if the patient did poorly after that? This study examines the perception of EM trainees of their competence and adverse events and how they feel about reporting them. […]

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School Sucks: Building a new culture of teaching and learning

By |Feb 3, 2011|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: , |2 Comments

In his talk (subtitled “School Sucks”), Northwestern University Physics Professor Dr. Tae describes how he would improve math and science education. While this is directed at college studies, some of the concepts are applicable to teaching Emergency Medicine. He shares a lot of great insight, but I wanted to focus on one concept in particular: The secret to learning = “Work your ass off until you figure it out.”  […]

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Article Review: Online curriculum for non-EM residents in the ED

By |Jan 24, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: , |0 Comments

  In many academic Emergency Departments, there are “off-service” or non-EM residents rotating in the department. They are sometimes invited to the EM residency conference series for the month. Often times though, they have too many departmental didactic events and obligations of their own that they don’t have time to attend formal EM didactics. […]

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VIPER video: How to give effective feedback

By |Jan 20, 2011|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: |1 Comment

A few years ago, Dr. Esther Choo and I created a fun 15-minute instructional video on called Giving Effective Feedback: Beyond “Great Job”. We had a blast recording sample feedback scenarios with our faculty and medical students. For every 1 minute of published footage, there were at least 9 minutes of bloopers and laughter! We definitely should keep our day job. […]