What is a journal "impact factor"?

By |Aug 20, 2009|Categories: Academic|0 Comments

Journals use the numerical "Impact Factor" as an indirect quantitative measure of a journal's importance in the medical field and scientific literature. Thompson Scientific calculates the impact factor scores annually. This score provides journals with bragging rights, especially when it comes to marketing. Be aware that there are ways to manipulate the numbers a little and thus brings the true value of this score into question. How is the impact factor calculated? The impact factor is a calculation of how frequent a journal's articles are cited in a 2-year period. As an example, the 2009 impact factor for a journal [+]

Educator’s portfolio

By |Aug 13, 2009|Categories: Medical Education|1 Comment

Are you a medical educator and can’t quite illustrate the importance and impact of your work in your CV? I’ve always had this problem when compiling and updating my CV. The traditional CV format caters especially to academic physicians who are active in public service, traditional research, and leadership positions. What about the great procedural course that you ran with stellar evaluations? What about the lecture you gave at a national conference? [+]

Tricks of the Trade sneak peak: Teaching procedures

By |Jul 29, 2009|Categories: Medical Education, Tricks of the Trade|Tags: |0 Comments

Teaching procedural skills in medical school is increasing falling on the shoulders of emergency physicians. Two common problems that arise are the equipment expenses and simulation of realism. Working with my colleague Dr. Jeff Tabas, we came up some creative ideas around the teaching of (1) the Seldinger technique for central line placement and (2) saphenous vein cutdown. [+]

Article review: The ABCs of manuscript writing

By |Jul 27, 2009|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education|3 Comments

I came across a practical and insightful review article written by Dr. Mark Langdorf (editor-in-chief of West JEM) and Dr. Steve Hayden (editor-in-chief of Journal of EM) outlining how to write a manuscript for publication. This is a crucial skill because paper publications are the standard unit of currency in academics, which then translates into promotions and academic credibility. Although this article primarily targets novice manuscript writers, it’s always nice to get the perspectives from Mark and Steve, editors-in chief of two major EM journals. [+]

Three phases of educational technology in the classroom

By |Jul 24, 2009|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

I recently encountered a thought-provoking video about how technology is transforming education in the classroom setting. We are slowly experiencing a culture shift in how learners are learning. It follows that this should affect how teachers should be teaching. Briefly, the author lays out the progression of educational technology in 3 phases. [+]

Work in Progress: Visual Aid Project

By |Jul 21, 2009|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

Practicing at an academic ED, such as in San Francisco General, I find that I am constantly surrounded by medical students, interns, and residents. Most are working on shift with me, but occasionally I have medical students shadowing me to learn more about the Emergency Medicine specialty. Have you ever had a person shadow you (excluding your annoying little brother when you were a kid)? It’s actually a little stressful for me, because I want the shift to be a positive learning experience for them. Inevitably, it doesn’t take long before I get immersed in mundane troubleshooting activities (eg. calling [+]

Article review: Standardizing the EM clerkship patient encounter experience

By |Jul 20, 2009|Categories: Education Articles|Tags: |0 Comments

As a medical student, do you remember your EM clerkship experience and whether you saw a wide variety of patient chief complaints? Did your fellow medical student on the EM clerkship rotation, who was going into Orthopedics, seem to only see patients with orthopedic complaints? [+]

Hot off the press: Two journals join Medline

By |Jul 17, 2009|Categories: Medical Education|0 Comments

If a journal gets accepted it into the Medline database, it is viewed with significantly more legitimacy. It follows then that your academic CV is better regarded if your publications appear in journals which are listed on Medline. Plus, it’s just fun to see your name listed in Pubmed when you search yourself! Hmm, that sounded more egotistical than I intended, especially since I don’t have that many publications on Medline… [+]