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ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator 2017-18 2017-11-05T16:53:07+00:00


Chief Resident Incubator 2017-18

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What is the ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator?

The ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator provides a virtual online community to foster leadership and innovative skills for emergency medicine Chief Residents featuring educational giants within the specialty as mentors. The curriculum content is structured around a closed digital platform that will engage members to help launch and accelerate career development during their final academic year. This exclusive, Chief-Resident only, year-long virtual community will stoke the fires of creative engagement through collaboration and mentorship.

Mission Statement

The Chief Resident Incubator is a virtual community of practice and scholarship that addresses the unique educational and professional needs of Chief Residents.

Incubator Leadership Team

Fareen Zaver, MD
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Fareen is the Lead Editor and Founder of the ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources – Professional (AIR-Pro) series and was an EM Chief Resident at George Washington University. She is currently faculty at the University of Calgary Emergency Department.
Maggie Sheehy, MD
Senior Advisor
Maggie was the 2016-17 Chief Operating Officer for the Chief Resident Incubator is now a Senior Advisor for the 2017-18 year. She will be in her second year of the Global Health Leadership Fellowship and obtaining a Masters of Public Health at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital.
Adaira Chou, MD
Senior Advisor
Adaira was the 2015-16 Chief Operating Officer and currently the ALiEM Chief Administrative Officer. She was an EM Chief Resident at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center, and is about to complete her Ultrasound Fellowship and Masters of Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She will be starting there as the newest EM Assistant Program Director.
Nikita Joshi, MD
Senior Advisor
Nikita was the 2016-17 Chief Strategy Officer for the Chief Resident Incubator. She is also the Chief People Officer in ALiEM and the Assistant Clerkship Director at Stanford University’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Editor in Chief
Michelle is a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a previous Associate Program Director, and featured podcaster on EM:RAP (LIN Sessions).

What new things do we have planned for 2017-18?

1. Mentors

Over the last 2 years we have had an all-star mentorship experiences on Google Hangouts catered toward the Chief Resident experience. They will help you dive into conflict resolution, build your own stellar CV, and through a variety of opinions and practices will make you the best Chief Resident your program can ask for. In the second half of the year, we will refocus your mindset towards developing a niche, planning for life after residency, and working towards faculty development or excelling in the community environment.

2. Core Champions

We are bringing back some star Chief Resident alumni to be Core Champions, to help provide you with a more customized, near-peer mentorship experience. Additionally they will help jump start discussions on core areas, such as resident wellness, conferences, and mentorship.

3. Publications and Educational Initiatives

We loved seeing how much the Chief Residents wanted to publish over the course of this year. We are excited to work on even more opportunities for Chief Residents to publish together and produce more educational content. We launched a free residency In-Service Training Exam prep book (now with 2nd edition already!). Also the Chief Residents were eligible to publish on the ALiEM blog site, where each post typically received 500-2,000 views each. Take a look at a small slice of what we’ve published over the past 2 years on ALiEM!

  1. ALiEM AIR-Pro Series
  2. Top 5 FOAM Radiology Resources
  3. PV Card Series: ED Charting and Coding
    1. Introduction to Charting and Coding
    2. History of Present Illness and PMH
    3. Review of Systems
    4. Physical Exam
    5. Medical Decision Making
  4. Top 10 Educational Initiatives from the Chief Resident Incubator
  5. PV Card: Laceration Repair and Sutures Guide
  6. PV Card: Elbow Injuries
  7. PV Card: Knee Injuries
  8. PV Card: Hip Injuries
  9. Dear Residents: 10 Things Your Chiefs Want You To Know
  10. 5 Scheduling Software Options in the Emergency Department: An In-Depth Review
  11. EM Journal Club Reading List
  12. White Coat Investor Bookclub
  13. Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic Bookclub

4. Updated Custom Curriculum

Based on member feedback from the 2 previous Incubators, we continue to adjust our curriculum to include even more subjects pertinent to the struggles and growth as a Chief Resident. We will continue to have mentorship on topics of CV writing, conflict resolution, curriculum development, building a brand for yourself, as well as how best to interview an applicant.

New this year, we will also be focusing on professional development as an upcoming junior faculty and life after chief residency – in both an academic and community setting.

5. Mastermind Groups

We are launching a new initiative this year called the Mastermind Groups. What is this exactly? With the guidance of our amazing faculty advisors, two groups of 10 Chief Residents will meet virtually to tackle both individual and systems challenges together. There synergy of energy and talent has the full support of the ALiEM and Chief Resident Incubator network and resources to make meaningful change. The idea is to challenge each other to brainstorm ideas, create and implement goals, and support each other. Not every Chief Resident in the incubator will get to be a part of these groups so stay tuned for more details after you enroll!

6. Live VIP Invite-Only Networking Events

This year, we plan to have 2 VIP networking mixers at CORD’s and ACEP’s 2017 national meetings. Our live launch event will at the 2017 CORD Academy Assembly (Fort Lauderdale, FL) following CORD’s Chief Resident Symposium on April 27, 2017 (6-8 pm).

Photo albums:

7. Ask Questions Anonymously

Have a difficult program director or resident interaction that you don’t want to be identified to your specific program? Although the Incubator is a “safe” environment because it is a closed (non-public) community, we have an area for Chief Residents to ask their questions anonymously to the membership and mentors. This allows for those really tough questions to be asked without judgement or concern for repercussions. This has been a popular feature of our community.

8. Visiting Chief Resident Grand Rounds competition

This 2016-17 academic year, we had Chief Residents give Grand Rounds at:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • New York University
  • Northwestern
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Which residency programs have Chief Residents enrolled in the Incubator thus far in 2017-18?

Featured Virtual Mentors

In the past, we have been incredibly selective in who we invite as mentors to meet our curricular goals. Based on your feedback and our programmatic goal to continuously improve, we are going to try something a little different. We will be inviting the majority of our mentors based on YOUR needs and requests. The following list from the 2016-17 academic year gives you an idea of the caliber of our faculty network.

Mentor Institution
James Adams, MD Northwestern University
Saadia Akhtar, MD Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Felix Ankel, MD HealthPartners Institute / Regions Hospital
Chrissy Babcock, MD MSc University of Chicago
John Bailitz, MD Cook County
Rob Cooney, MD MEd Geisinger Medical Ctr
Christopher Doty, MD University of Kentucky
Ross Fisher, MD Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Chris Fox, MD UC Irvine
Laleh Gharbaraghain, MD Stanford University
Dara Kass, MD NYU / Bellevue Medical Ctr
Heidi Kimberly, MD Harvard-Brigham & Women’s
Amal Mattu, MD University of Maryland
Eric Morley, MD SUNY Stony Brook
Vicki Noble, MD Harvard-Massachusetts General
Salim Rezaie, MD UT San Antonio
Jeff Riddell, MD University of Washington
Rob Rogers, MD University of Kentucky
Tracy Sanson, MD University of South Florida
Jan Schoenberger, MD LAC-USC
Anand Swaminathan, MD MPH NYU / Bellevue Medical Ctr
Jason Wagner, MD Washington University

Goodbye boring listserv. Welcome Slack!

Slack-iconSlack, despite its informal name, is an incredibly powerful digital communication platform that has completely revolutionized how the ALiEM Editorial Board works and is the primary means of communication for many technology companies. It has been described as “team communication for the 21 century” and efficiently transforms how teams work. Part of its functionality is that it is very mobile-device friendly. Participation in Slack itself will be the CRs’ first lesson in excelling in the new academic world of digital media and virtual collaborations. Instead of an email listserv, the CRs will be communicating, sharing, and working together in a private Incubator account.

Membership Cost

We are charging the residency program only $200 per Chief Resident for the whole year. That is less than $17 per month. While we would love to host this for free, we need to charge for this year-long mentorship program for many reasons:

  1. Providing a quality longitudinal mentorship experience especially in a virtual arena requires a tremendous amount of time, resources, and commitment on behalf of the Incubator leadership team and ALiEM Editorial Board. We are not building a one-day event but rather a true ongoing virtual community of practice.
  2. We are hosting an invite-only Chief Resident Incubator Launch event at the 2017 CORD Academic Assembly on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  3. The ALiEM team has extensive experience in mentorship and being academically successful using social media and digital technologies. We plan to extend these resources, opportunities, and networks with the Chief Residents.

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(You will need each Chief Resident’s name, his/her non-institutional email address, and credit card information.)

Summary Report from 2015-16 Incubator Year


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