• Professionalism

Article review: Professionalism in the ED through the eyes of medical students

By |Jun 20, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Teaching professionalism in a formal curriculum is so much different than demonstrating professionalism in the Emergency Department. So much of what students and residents learn about professionalism are from observed behaviors of the attending physicians — that is, the hidden curriculum. In a qualitative study assessing medical student reflection essays during an EM clerkship, the authors (my friends Dr. Sally Santen and Dr. Robin Hemphill) found some startling results. The instructions to the medical students were to “think about an aspect of professionalism that has troubled you this month. Write a minimum of one half-page reflection describing what was concerning and how [...]

  • Greys anatomy

Article review: Inconvenient truths about effective teaching

By |Jun 13, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

  At the CDEM meeting during the SAEM national meeting this past week, the keynote speaker (Dr. Charles Hatem from Harvard) mentioned a great editorial article called “Inconvenient Truths About Effective Clinical Teaching.” Here’s a summary of the opinion article from Lancet: […]

SAEM National Meeting a success!

By |Jun 6, 2011|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

The national SAEM meeting in Boston just concluded and was a success. As part of the SAEM Social Media Committee, I was encouraged to see how many people were tweeting events from the meeting. Check out the tweets with the #SAEM11 hashtag. To view beyond the most recent 100 tweets, you can view here.  

Internet CME: EMedHome.com

By |Jun 2, 2011|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|3 Comments

Two weeks before renewing your license, you realize that you’re short 7 CME credits. Uh-oh…what to do now? Unfortunately, not enough time to go to a conference. Reading always gets boring after a while. Lie on your renewal application (NOT!)? If only there was a one-stop method of getting a variety of CME to keep you interested. […]

Article review: Improving case presentations with theater training

By |May 30, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

"To be or not to be?" What could be more strange on a medical school curriculum than a theater training course? The authors of this study in Medical Humanities innovatively designed a 1-week elective course to help medical students at Mayo Medical School to improve their case presentation skills in partnership with the Guthrie Theater. In this pilot course, seven medical students (six 1st year students, one 4th year student) participated. The learning objectives were: Hear stories: those told by patients, colleagues and in written narratives Identify the elements of a narrative, and examine stories for narrative structure  Share stories: through case [...]

  • Coffee

Article review: Clinician attitudes about commercial support of CME

By |May 16, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|4 Comments

  Did you know that a cup of coffee can cost over $9… when planning a CME conference? In an interesting survey-based publication by Dr. Tabas (one of my colleagues) that just came out in Archives of Internal Medicine, we learn more about the ins and outs of CME activities. The authors set out to determine the audience members’ opinions about: Commercial/ pharmaceutical support and its impact on bias Their willingness to pay extra conference registration fees to eliminate outside support   […]

  • Difficult Patient

Article review: Teaching learners about ‘difficult’ patients

By |May 2, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

Your capable resident comes to you, looking frustrated. He says, ‘What a difficult patient. I think you need to get involved.’ This article provides a framework for teachers to allow learners to appreciate these encounters in the Family Medicine. Their points are highly relevant to Emergency Medicine. Strategies include: […]

  • Tug Of War

Article review: What’s wrong with self-guided learning?

By |Apr 18, 2011|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

There is a constant tug-of-war between self-guided learning and supervised learning. With the advances in technology for medical education such as asynchronous learning modules, simulation, there has been a movement away from traditional, instructor-led teaching and towards more independent, self-guided learning. There is less supervision of learning. But left unsupervised, are learners learning the right things and doing so optimally? The authors, in this review, say yes and no. […]