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Article review: Service versus education

By |Jan 4, 2010|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: |0 Comments

It’s a busy day in the Emergency Department and there are 5 new patients to be seen. The waiting room is overflowing. As the attending, you are getting barraged with a million questions to answer and problems to fix. There is also a case of a full-thickness burn patient going to the OR in the next few minutes. She’d be a perfect teaching case for the residents. Should I have the residents go see the new patients, or should I pull them all aside to show them the physical findings and teach about burns for 5-10 minutes? […]

Article review: Failing at feedback in medical education

By |Dec 28, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

Most of the medical education literature on feedback is teacher-focused rather than learner-focused. In other words, focus is paid towards teaching faculty how to give feedback which: Is non-judgmental Is non-threatening Is specific Consists of both positive and constructive elements Offers alternatives […]

Article review: Neuro exam documentation

By |Dec 7, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education, Neurology|0 Comments

Medicolegal woes often can be tracked back to poor documentation by the physician. This article is a retrospective chart review of 384 EM resident charts, focusing on the documentation of the neurologic exam. Charts were selected if their chief complaints were neurologic or psychiatric in nature. A non-validated measurement tool for evaluating a neurologic exam was created based on discussions with attending emergency physicians. I have to agree with the chosen criteria. Documentation in each of the following criterion receives 1 point for a maximum score of 8. […]

Article Review: Hidden cost of reducing resident duty hours

By |Nov 30, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: |2 Comments

Patient care versus education This is the tug-of-war struggle that residency programs constantly grapple with. Residents work in an apprenticeship model where they are both patient providers and learners. Both are critical in residency training, but they sometimes negatively impact each other. For instance, EM residents hand-off their patients to covering residents while attending their weekly conference classes. In contrast, residents may skip that day’s board teaching rounds to manage an acutely decompensating patient. […]

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Article review: Commentary on graduate medical education in the U.S.

By |Nov 23, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|Tags: |1 Comment

“How ready are medical students for the clinical practice of medicine?” This was the question addressed by the landmark 1910 Flexner Report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Back in the early 1900’s, residency training did not exist yet, and students entered clinical practice immediately after graduation from medical school. The quality of medical training varied significantly with alarming deficiencies in many medical schools. An independent, nonprofessional organization was commissioned to report about the situation in order to pressure the public to reform medical school education. […]

Hot off the press: Review of EM Clerkship Primer book

By |Nov 20, 2009|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

In an upcoming issue of the Academic Emergency Medicine journal, there is a glowing review of a collaborative project that I was involved in. If you are a medical student about to do an EM rotation, or serve as a faculty advisor for an EM medical student, feel free to distribute this EM Clerkship Primer (FREE book!) for them to read. [Update 11/21/13: New link for free download PDF] This was the first official project to come out of the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM). It was written by 22 established medical educators in EM, led by our fearless [...]

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Trick of the Trade: The defensive arts against pimping

By |Nov 18, 2009|Categories: Medical Education, Tricks of the Trade|Tags: , |4 Comments

Thanks to Dr. Rob Roger’s podcast on EM-RAP Educator’s Edition series, I learned of one of the funniest publications EVER in a medical journal. It was published on April 1, 2009 in JAMA. The article focuses on teaching medical students the essential skill set– how to survive “pimping”. Pimping traditionally occurs when an attending physician poses a difficult question to a learner in a public forum, such as board rounds or in the operating room. As a student or resident, you know that this will happen during your training, and you should be prepared. If you think of pimping as [...]

Article Review: Learning assessment using virtual patients

By |Nov 16, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

I am developing a new microsimulation module to help EM clerkship students gain a more realistic exposure to high-acuity patients. Emergent conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy, acute tricyclic overdose, and ST elevation MI, are usually cared for by senior residents and attendings. Rarely are students primarily involved in these cases. […]

Article review: How do you assess the quality of educational research articles?

By |Nov 9, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

Imagine this. You are about to conduct an innovative educational project and want to get a research publication out of it. What are considered strong methodological qualities of an educational research study? What can you do to improve your chances for publication?The authors in this study developed and use an instrument to help measure the methodological quality of quantitative studies in medical education. This instrument, the Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument (MERSQI), was used to show that scores were predictive of manuscript acceptance into the 2008 Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) special issue on medical education.What is the [...]

Article review: Bedside teaching in the ED

By |Oct 26, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|0 Comments

Bedside teaching is a unique educational skill, which academic faculty are often assumed to just know how to do. In the ED, it is especially difficult to do this well, because of crowding and unexpected time-sensitive clinical issues, which create distractions and general chaos. Experientially, unpredictable clinical issues negatively impact bedside teaching. Thus, faculty should be flexible and knowledgeable of basic bedside teaching tenets. […]