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Article Review: Impact of family presence in a code

By |Jun 21, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

Family presence in the ED resuscitation of a dying patient is a controversial topic. Some surveys suggest that families favor this practice and would repeat it again in a similar situation. An article in Critical Care Medicine examines the impact of family presence on the ED personnel’s actions, rather than the impact on the families themselves. Second and third-year EM residents were randomized into paired teams in simulation exercises. All resuscitations involved a cardiac arrest patient. Each team was exposed to one of three types of resuscitation groups: No family witness Non-obstructive family witness (quiet person) – quiet crying and [...]

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Article Review: Conceptual Model on Learner Reflection

By |Jun 7, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

Reflective journals and electronic portfolios are becoming increasingly popular within undergraduate and graduate medical education. I’m starting to be a believer in this learning approach, which teaches learners about professional development and life-long learning principles. Academic Medicine just published a great qualitative paper proposing a conceptual model for reflection. […]

SAEM 2010 (June 2-6, 2010)

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

The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) annual meeting starts this week. Instead of my regular posts, I thought I’d try using the Twitter widget to post real-time, first-hand accounts and photos from the conference. SAEM is a very dynamic and productive conference, where academicians in Emergency Medicine meet to pow-wow about the future of our specialty. […]

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Creating and delivering the stellar lecture

By |May 6, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

I recently re-read a book “Made to Stick” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath which discusses why some ideas stick and others are completely forgettable. The concepts discussed have helped me design lectures. Here’s something that I have incorporated into my talks: Memorable ideas share common attributes, which can be summarized by the acronym SUCCESs. […]

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Article review: Mentoring in EM

By |May 3, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|3 Comments

This article in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medical Care reviews the EM literature on mentoring. The authors specifically do a great job summarizing practical tips. What is a mentor? It is a person who supports and guides a junior colleague (junior faculty member, residents, or medical student) in his/her professional development. […]

Amazing video: Awake endotracheal intubation

By |Apr 8, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|Tags: , |3 Comments

Videos are priceless when trying to teach procedures. This amazing teaching video by Dr. Michael Bailin at Mass General demonstrates a novel way of anesthetizing the airway during an awake intubation. Inject 3 cc of lidocaine using a small butterfly needle through the cricothyroid membrane. This causes coughing, which spreads the lidocaine throughout the upper airway. Inject 5 cc of atomized lidocaine through the fiberoptic scope port to anesthetize the posterior oropharynx and vocal cords. Slide the endotracheal tube over the fiberoptic scope. […]

Article review: Preparing for clinical clerkships during medical school

By |Apr 5, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: |3 Comments

Do you remember the sheer terror you felt, when you first started your medical school clinical rotations? Your first two years were probably spent in classrooms and small-group labs discussing anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, etc. Then BAM! You are thrown into the deep end of the pool. You are now on a clinical team of medical professionals taking care of actual patients! […]

What do you do with old posters?

By |Apr 1, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|2 Comments

In academia, it is common practice to make posters of your abstracts for national conferences. Once you are done presenting, what DO people do with the posters? I have several posters rolled up in my garage collected over the years. If the answer is nothing, why can’t we find a more creative way to display static (or even video) content during abstract sessions? Perhaps use a large LCD screen instead of posters taped to a backboard? […]

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Article review: The future of EM

By |Mar 29, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|2 Comments

As I was perusing through a recent Academic Medicine journal, I came across this interesting perspective piece on Emergency Medicine, written by national leaders in our specialty. This article essentially states that how the nation addresses ED crowding will define the future of EM. Currently, Emergency Departments are at a breaking point where overwhelming demands are commonly placed on under-resourced practices. […]

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Work in progress: How can you balance ED crowding and education?

By |Mar 23, 2010|Categories: Medical Education|3 Comments

 I’m working on writing a CORD consensus article on the impact of ED crowding on education and innovations towards maintaining educational excellence. We posited 2 scenarios of ED crowding: Overwhelming numbers of active ED patients Many ED boarders who are awaiting inpatient beds and who are taking up rooms which normally would have been used to see new patients What approaches do you know of which improve the ED educational experience for learners? We have thus far categorized innovations into 3 areas: […]