Article review: Coaching in emergency medicine

By |Nov 22, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

  After a chaotic shift, you and your learner sit down to complete the daily evaluation card. There are no significant issues with the learner. Is there anything else to write except ‘great shift’ or ‘read more’? Can we learn from excellent motivators such as sports coaches? This article by LeBlanc and Sherbino outlines coaching as a teaching technique in the ED. […]

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Residency interview season: Pitfalls

By |Nov 4, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: , |5 Comments

  I often get asked by my advisees: “In my residency interview, what should I talk about or do to make myself more competitive?” To help you demystify the interview process, I wanted to share with you some insights. Overall, the interview day itself helps the program put a person and personality with your online ERAS application. Similarly, you quickly get a sense of the program’s personality. In EM, the residency interview day is generally pretty laid back. Not too many crazy questions. Programs just want to get to know you. Both you and the program should be asking each other– Is [...]

New kid on the block: Univ of Washington EM residency

By |Nov 2, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: , |0 Comments

How awesome would it be if there were EM residency programs at the University of Washington and UCSF-SF General Hospital?! This has been the question for decades. In 2006, I had the pleasure of seeing the UCSF-SFGH program become a reality. And now it’s the University of Washington’s turn. It is close to becoming a reality. It is really one of the last powerhouse institutions which does not have an EM residency program. The Univ of Washington EM residency’s Program Director is helmed by my superstar friend, Dr. Fiona Gallahue, and will be a 4-year program. The ACGME (accrediting organization) [...]

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Article review: Inaccuracy in the SLOR

By |Nov 1, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Residency interview season is quickly approaching! Unique to the field of EM, letters of recommendations from EM faculty are written on a standardized form. The Standardized Letter of Recommendation (SLOR), downloadable from the CORD website, documents information about the student’s performance in the EM clerkship, qualifications, and global assessment. At the end, the letter writer can provide free-text written comments. […]

Opportunity for med students: SAEM meeting in Boston (Jun 1-5, 2011)

By |Oct 28, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: , |2 Comments

  The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) holds its annual meeting at various U.S. metropolitan cities. This year, it is going to be at Boston in June 1-5, 2011. It is a terrific conference for medical students and residents interested in EM academia. To help coordinate the huge meeting, the SAEM Program Committee is looking for 15 enthusiastic medical students to serve as volunteers. […]

Article review: EM in medical schools

By |Oct 25, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

Similar to JAMA, which publishes an annual publication focusing on Medical Education, the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) journal just published a AEM-CORD/CDEM supplement focusing on EM education. I was fortunate to be involved with one of the papers published in this supplement.This paper, written on behalf of the Clerkship Directors in EM (CDEM) and the Association of Academic Chairs of EM (AACEM), reviews the past, present, and future of EM in the U.S. medical school curriculum.EM faculty members are playing an increasingly important role in both the preclinical and clinical curriculum. Our specialty teaches skills and knowledge, crucial for all [...]

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Practicing Judo in the ED: Secret to success

By |Oct 21, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|3 Comments

OK, you don’t actually practice Judo in the Emergency Department, but the principles in Judo are interestingly relevant in approaching our work in the ED. Thanks to Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen fame for introducing me to the 7 rules of judo practice by the great Judo master Kyuzo Mifune. In his blog post, Garr specifically talks about how these rules are relevant in the realms of leadership and public speaking. These rules in fact are extremely relevant when you are a senior EM resident or an EM attending. These 7 simple rules really are the heart of maintaining respect, [...]

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EMS officially recognized as an EM subspecialty

By |Oct 5, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

EMS was officially recognized as an EM subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialities on September 23, 2010! Residency programs have already implemented EMS Fellowship Training Programs to provide physicians with specialty training in prehospital care, medical direction, and research in the prehospital arena. The development of this new subspecialty was a collaborative effort between the National Association of EMS Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. The first certification exam is tentatively scheduled to be administered in 2013. Click here to see the announcement. [...]