About Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 5 Favorite Tech Tools

Technology continues to integrate with our life — for better and worse. Our team felt that the following 5 tech tools added value and joy to our lives, and so we are sharing with you. These also make great gifts for the emergency physician or healthcare provider in your life this holiday season.

holiday tech tools blinkist

Blinkist is a professional book summary subscription service that condenses key points from non-fiction books into 15-minute reads. This is an efficient way to catch with all those books that you have been putting off.

holiday tech tools headspace app

The Headspace app is one of the frequently used mindfulness app in the world. Working in Emergency Medicine was already extremely stressful before the pandemic began. Being more intentional about self-care is as critical as ever for our personal and professional well-being.

holiday tech tools headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones, such as the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Canceling Headphones are essential, especially if need some quality time working alone or just need some “me time”. With potentially many people in our house conducting virtual meetings, doing work, and performing chores, this over-the-ear headphone does the trick.

holiday tech tools speaker

The Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker is a compact, quality wireless speaker that you can take with you to your favorite “office” (such as your backyard), on your night shift to boost team morale, or play in the background for your patients as you are suturing their lacerations.

holiday tech tools blinkist camo

Reincubate’s Camo is a software that turns your iPhone into your computer’s webcam. Without needing to buy fancy videocamera equipment, you can upgrade your videoconferencing and video recordings by using your iPhone’s high-resolution camera. While the free version provides 720p video resolution, Camo Pro allows for 1080p resolution, portrait mode, and manual control of the camera features. Note: Nonprofits and educators can contact them for a discount off of the $39.99 annual subscription.

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Disclosure: Although we do not have an official partnership with Amazon, we belong to their Amazon Affiliates program which allows us to be paid a few pennies with books purchased from our links.

By |2021-11-17T15:14:01-08:00Nov 19, 2021|Academic, Social Media & Tech|

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Level-Up Gear

The difference between a great shift in the Emergency Department and a frustrating one can sometimes be attributable to having the right gear or peri-shift routine. Listed are the top 6 “level-up” tools, recommended by our team.

holiday gift gear ALiEM socks

We have a very limited supply of custom ALiEM socks available at $20 per medium-sized pair. These socks have been rumored to quell the blackest of black clouds in the Emergency Department. It may be because of the “Stomping Out Disease” mantra on the socks. You’ll have to try for yourself. We have orange (with the COVID-19 graphic) and lime green socks. These are being sold until December 10, 2021 and only shipped to United States addresses.

The fashion statement for 2021 is all about the face mask covering. Swap out your boring monochromatic mask for a more festive mask for the holidays.

The MZOO Sleep Eye Mask is essential, especially for those working Emergency Department night shifts. Ambient light can disrupt your deep sleep as you try to recharge for your next night shift.

A bright light source is a crucial tool for any emergency physician. With the Streamlight 250-lumen penlight, you can illuminate injured areas to identify occult wounds and almost-missed foreign bodies. Shining it briefly in the eyes of an overly somnolent may help you arouse them without a painful stimulus. Bonus: This pen is rechargeable using a USB cord and only weighs 1.2 ounces.

leatherman raptor shears gift

The Leatherman Raptor Shears is a durable, all-purpose scissors that can cut through thick clothing in a hurry. Although it also features a strap cutter, ruler, oxygen tank wrench, and carbide glass breaker, we especially love it for the ring-cutting feature. It has saved many of us the time and stress of troubleshooting other failed attempts at ring removal.

yeti mug turquoise green gift

Keeping cold beverages cold and hot beverages hot are challenging on an 8-12 hour shift. This 14 oz Yeti Rambler Mug with a MagSlider Lid is a stainless steel, double-walled, vacuum-insulated cup that travels well.

A regular exercise regimen can help reduce stress, improve brainpower, and boost your energy levels. Consider these home exercise tools, vetted by our team.

Check out our other holiday gift lists:

Disclosure: Although we do not have an official partnership with Amazon, we belong to their Amazon Affiliates program which allows us to be paid a few pennies with books purchased from our links.

By |2021-11-17T15:13:17-08:00Nov 18, 2021|Academic, Life|

Holiday Gift Guide for ALiEM Readers: Top 7 Favorite Books

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we polled the ALiEM team on favorite books to buy for yourself or a fellow healthcare provider. Many of us try to make time to read in our busy schedules to learn, be entertained, understand, process, and grow. As Truman stated, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” View our top 7 recommendations below.

holiday gift book trick of the trade

1. Tricks of the Trade in Emergency Medicine

We are biased, but we believe that the Tricks of the Trade book would make a lovely coffee table gift for you or your colleague. The hardbound, color print book concisely describes 50 tricks, applicable in one’s Emergency Department practice. Bonus: All proceeds go to help support the ALiEM team continue to teach.

2. Steal Like an Artist

We are fans of Austin Kleon, who publishes uniquely creative (and short) books about creativity. Steal Like an Artist is a perennial favorite as a graduation gift for emergency medicine residents as well. 

3. Keep Going

Although Keep Going seems to be a lesser known work compared to Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, many of our team members actually like this book more. The subtitle is “10 ways to stay creative in good times and bad.” With the pandemic throwing a wrench in everyone’s personal and professional lives, his tips and examples especially spoke to us.

4. How Stella Saved the Farm

Although How Stella Saved the Farm seems a simple parable about a farm in trouble, it has resonated across various sectors and organizations to teach about the mindset of innovation. Leading change initiatives are fraught with obstacles and conflicts, but can be predicted based on the 8 lessons provided.

5. Digital Minimalism 

During the pandemic, it has been tempting to be consumed within digital tools and platforms. Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism book is like the Marie Kondo guide for your digital technology life so that you are more intentional and how you spend your time. 

6. Big Potential

Emergency physicians are no strangers to the “we over me” movement. But have you ever wondered just how to convince everyone around you that we can be greater than the sum of our parts? The book Big Potential uses some of the author’s advanced research in happiness and team dynamics to help offer a way forward for your team or organization and to reframe what makes us happy and just how grand it could all be.

7. The Splendid and the Vile

Ever feel like we have been stuck inside for ages, with danger lurking just outside your door? Two years into the pandemic, and it can feel like the world is ending. However, we are not alone, and people have been through similar experiences before (most notably the Blitz of London). This book, Splendid and the Vile, offers a strung-together narrative from first-hand accounts of that experience as only Erik Larson can.

Check out our other holiday gift lists (coming soon):

  • Top 7 Favorite Level-Up Gear
  • Top 7 Favorite Tech Tools

Disclosure: Although we do not have an official partnership with Amazon, we belong to their Amazon Affiliates program which allows us to be paid a few pennies with books purchased from our links.

By |2021-11-17T15:13:41-08:00Nov 17, 2021|Academic, Life|

EM Match Advice: Where did all the jobs go, and did the applicants follow?

In this episode of EM Match Advice, our panel takes on the tough issues of 2021. Specifically we discuss the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Workforce Study [1] that projects fewer jobs for emergency physicians and the hot-off-the-press ERAS data showing a drop in the number of EM residency applicants, compared to 2 years ago. Did one cause the other? In this podcast, Dr. Mike Gisondi and Dr. Michelle Lin host an esteemed panel of 3 program directors, Dr. Cassandra Bradby (East Carolina University), Dr. Adam Kellogg (Baystate Health), and Dr. Craig Krausz (Saint Louis University).

The Numbers

  • The ACEP Workforce Study projects a whopping 7,845 excess of emergency physicians in 2030 who could be left without jobs. And our very smart medical students have been eyeing those numbers carefully.
  • While EM is still an attractive specialty for many medical students, some enter this year’s residency application season with a trepidation that hasn’t been seen before. And a good deal of  students clearly chose a specialty other than EM, with approximately 200 fewer applicants projected this cycle, compared to 2 years ago. Most of that drop came from students at LCME-accredited medical schools. [Silver lining: These numbers may make for a buyer’s market that greatly favors the students in the upcoming Match.]
  • Below is a summary of the ERAS data, pulled from their downloadable Excel data. Note that these data were collected on October 3 of each year and only summarize data from EM-only residencies (not EM/IM or EM/FM).
Characteristic2016-172017-182018-192019-202020-21*2021-22
Number of EM residency applicants3,2203,3303,3383,601x3,408
Average number of submitted applications in EM49.153.3557.8659.75x61.23
Average of applications received per EM program883.3866.6850.82874.58x772.82
AAMC’s ERAS data for 2016-2022 for the specialty of Emergency Medicine, collected on October 3 of each year
(* Because of the pandemic, the 2020-21 season’s timeline was shifted later by about 1 month, resulting in non-comparable data.)

EM Match Advice Podcast

Additional Resources

Read and Listen to the other EM Match Advice Episodes

Blog posts: https://www.aliem.com/em-match-advice-series/

References

  1. Marco CA, Courtney DM, Ling LJ, et al. The Emergency Medicine Physician Workforce: Projections for 2030 [published online ahead of print, 2021 Aug 2]. Ann Emerg Med. 2021; doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.05.029. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34353653.
By |2021-10-27T09:50:17-07:00Oct 30, 2021|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

EM Match Advice: Program Directors Reflect on the 2021 Residency Match

How competitive is EM emergency medicine match EM Match Advice

Dr. Mike Gisondi and Dr. Michelle Lin return for their annual review of the most recent Match in emergency medicine (EM) in latest episode of EM Match Advice. They were joined by a panel of 3 outstanding program directors, Dr. Jacob Ufberg (Temple), Dr. Amita Sudhir (University of Virgina), and Dr. William Caputo (Staten Island Medical Center). Was the EM Match more competitive this year? That’s a complicated question and you need to listen to the podcast discussion for the nuanced answer.

The Slide: The Nitty Gritty Annual Numbers of the EM Match

“The Slide” above is a summary of EM Match statistics taken from the annual National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Data and Results publication over the last 10 years. Trends suggest that EM is becoming less competitive year over year; however, 2021 saw the greatest number of unmatched medical students who were EM bound. What are the most competitive specialties and how does EM compare? Generally, we use the % fill rate with LCME students to determine the competitiveness of a specialty. That is the % of entry-level positions filled by allopathic senior medical students from the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Who’s on top this year? Four combined programs that each have very few PGY-1 positions in the match all filled with 100% LCME students: EM-anesthesiology, medicine-anesthesiology, pediatrics-anesthesiology, and pediatrics-PMR. Here’s how a few of the other specialties fared:

  • Thoracic surgery 93.5%
  • Plastic surgery 89.3%
  • Vascular surgery 82.3%
  • Orthopedic surgery 80.5%
  • Obstetrics-gynecology 66.7%
  • Surgery 65.6%
  • Emergency medicine 62.1%
  • Pediatrics 60.3%
  • Radiology 58.2%
  • Internal medicine 39%

Podcast: Program Directors Reflecting on the 2021 EM Residency Match

Read and Listen to the other EM Match Advice Episodes

Blog posts: https://www.aliem.com/em-match-advice-series/

By |2021-07-19T19:27:46-07:00Jul 21, 2021|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

Education Theory Made Practical: Listen to the New Podcast Series

education theory made practical books into podcast

The Education Theory Made Practical (ETMP) set of 3 e-books were published starting 2017, reviewing key education theory principles and practically framing the abstract into practical scenarios. This series was produced by the ALiEM Faculty Incubator in collaboration with the  International Clinician Educator (ICE) blog. These e-books can be downloaded for free in the ALiEM Library.

We were surprised, humbled, and honored that Dr. Daniel Harper wanted to convert the popular e-books into a podcast series, with each chapter turned into short 10-20 minute podcast. As a pilot test, he converted Volume 1 into a set of 10 podcasts. Take a listen, put on your educator-scholar caps, and let us know what you think.

Podcast Series: Education Theory Made Practical (Volume 1)


Podcast Team

Daniel Harper

Host: Daniel Harper, MD

Senior Resident
Dual Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport

Host: Surbhi Raichandani, MD

Senior Resident
Department of Radiology
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences

Guest Voice:

  • Loren James Perley (electrical engineer)

Reference

Chan TC, Gottlieb M, Sherbino J, Boysen-Osborn M, Papanagnou D, Yarris L. Education Theory Made Practical, Volume 1. San Francisco, CA: ALiEM Publishing, 2017. [ISBN 978-0-9992825-0-2, PDF]

By |2021-07-20T06:21:16-07:00Jul 16, 2021|Academic, Medical Education, Podcasts|

GroundED in EM: A new ALiEMU course series for third-year medical students

GroundED in EM curriculum medical student

During the pandemic, similar to how a work-from-home mentality has become more accepted, a learn-on-own mentality has arisen for medical students. The success of the 9-part Bridge to Emergency Medicine (EM) self-guided curriculum for senior medical students interested in EM has confirmed this. This was evidenced by over 130,000 page views about the Bridge curriculum since March 2020 and 609 awarded ALiEMU certificates since April 2021 (launched only 2 months ago!).

GroundED in EM: A new curriculum for third-year medical students

We are thrilled to announce a 4-week, self-guided reading/listening curriculum along with choose-your-own-adventure cases paired now with ALiEMU quizzes, certificates, and badges for third-year medical students interested in EM. It’s called GroundED in EM, and created by an all-star team led by GroundED Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Andy Little. Here’s the rest of the team:

Editors:

  • Brian Barbas, MD, FACEP (Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine)
  • Carmen J. Martinez, MD MSMEd (Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of South Alabama)
  • Guy Carmelli, MD, MSEd (Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts)
  • Laryssa A. Patti, MD (Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

Adventure Co-Creators:

  • Kaitlin Bowers, DO (Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Meenal Sharkey, MD FACEP (Assistant Program Director & Clerkship Director; Department of Emergency Medicine, Doctors Hospital)

GroundED on ALiEMU

Similar to Bridge to EM, reading and listening materials have been identified and curated from external sites. Then come on back to ALiEMU to take self-assessment quizzes to get your certificates and badges.

By |2021-06-22T13:20:35-07:00Jun 22, 2021|ALiEMU, Medical Student|
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