IDEA Series | Chopped EM: A ‘Palatable’ Way to Teach a Challenging Topic to EM Residents

By |Jun 3, 2018|Categories: IDEA series|0 Comments

The Problem Psychiatric and substance use disorder complaints comprise up to 12% of all Emergency Department (ED) visits.1–3 These conditions can present in a multitude of ways, making it essential for emergency physicians (EPs) to be aware of nuanced diagnostic characteristics of psychiatric illnesses in order to provide timely and appropriate care for these patients. […]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Overwhelmed Senior Resident

By |May 25, 2018|Categories: MEdIC series|0 Comments

Welcome to season 5, episode 8 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine! This month, we present a case of a senior resident who is overwhelmed when left to manage a busy department on a night shift while his attending physician is asleep in the back room. The resident debates whether to wake his attending and ask for help, as he worries this may be a sign of [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Orphaned Patient – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |May 11, 2018|Categories: MEdIC series, Professional Development|0 Comments

Our seventh case of season 5, The Case of the Orphaned Patient, presented the scenario of a junior orthopedic surgery resident rotating in the ED and receiving significant pushback when trying to transfer the care of a clinically deteriorating patient to a more appropriate service. The outcome of this pushback was a patient without a service feeling primarily responsible for further care, leaving the patient “orphaned” in the ED. If you haven’t had a chance yet, we urge you to check out the case and share your thoughts on this important topic! The MEdIC team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve [...]

How Competitive was Emergency Medicine in the 2018 Match? The answer might surprise you.

By |May 7, 2018|Categories: EM Match Advice, Medical Education|0 Comments

The National Residency Matching Program® (NRMP) recently published its annual Results and Data for the 2018 Main Residency Match®. How competitive was emergency medicine (EM)? Spoiler alert: not much changed! But to understand the full picture, we need to dive into the numbers, which look a lot different from last year. Below is a summary of the most pertinent results for EM, trended from 2011-2018. You will notice some striking differences in the data between the 2017 Match and the 2018 Match. […]

Confronting Stress Before and After High Acuity Shifts: A Discussion with Performance Psychologist Dr. Jason Brooks

By |Apr 30, 2018|Categories: Professional Development, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|0 Comments

It’s almost the end of your sixth shift in a row. You are trying to finish up notes when you hear an overhead page. You find yourself in the middle of a pediatric code that has a poor outcome and you have 5 minutes to spend with the family before being pulled into another patient’s room. You have no time to address the difficult case you just encountered. As an emergency physician, this may happen on a daily basis but some cases hit closer to home. How do you recover after these shifts, and how do you prepare for the [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Orphaned Patient

By |Apr 27, 2018|Categories: MEdIC series, Professional Development|0 Comments

Welcome to season 5, episode 7 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine! This month, we present a case that seems to have become a more common occurrence as patient flow has increased and hospitals must function beyond capacity. The case describes a junior resident tasked with transferring the care of a clinically deteriorating patient to another service. She unfortunately receives significant pushback resulting in no primary service [...]

WELCOME to the ALiEM Faculty Incubator 2018-2019 Class

By |Apr 25, 2018|Categories: Incubators, Professional Development|0 Comments

We had an AMAZING kick-off this week at the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Academic Assembly, welcoming our NEW 2018-19 ALiEM Faculty Incubator Class of Educator-Scholars! We received applications from across the country and internationally from budding scholars with a broad range of background and experiences. We narrowed it down to the top 32 applicants, who we know are rising leaders in education scholarship. […]

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MEdIC Series: The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

By |Apr 13, 2018|Categories: MEdIC series, Wellness|0 Comments

Our sixth case of season 5, The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues, presented the scenario of an early-career attending physician anxious to return to clinical work after taking a 6-month paternity leave. If you haven’t had a chance yet, we urge you to check out the case and share your thoughts on this important topic! The MEdIC team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted an online discussion around the case over the last 2 weeks with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the curated [...]

The 2018-19 Chief Resident Incubator enrollment opens TODAY

By |Apr 2, 2018|Categories: Incubators, Medical Education|0 Comments

We are incredibly proud and excited to announce the launch of the 2018-19 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator. Emergency medicine (EM) Chief Residents have recently been selected across North America to help shape and lead EM residency programs. The "CRincubator" will be enrolling its fourth class, building quickly on lessons learned and ongoing feedback from the membership. Led by Dr. Tanner Gronowski (Chief Operating Officer) and Dr. Robert Cooney (Chief Strategic Officer), this group will also feature legacy advisors, senior advisors, all-star cast of returning alumni champions, several surprise virtual mentors. Thanks to our exclusive sponsors EBSCO Health / DynaMed Plus. [...]

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues

By |Mar 30, 2018|Categories: MEdIC series, Wellness|0 Comments

Welcome to season 5, episode 6 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine! This month, we present a case of a young attending physician anxious to return to clinical work after taking a 6-month paternity leave. Check out the case and join the conversation in the comments section! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this important topic! […]