As 2018 draws to a close, we are continually inspired and impressed by the collective online movement to advance health professions education. The ALiEM organization has grown over the years to realize that this can only be done in a sustainable fashion through collaborative, virtually-based teams. This 2018 ALiEM Annual Report highlights what is possible when you have nimble, innovative, passionately focused team members tackling a common problem. We have discovered that you usually do not need large hierarchical, permission-based team structures, but rather the opposite. We are excited to share what we have in store for 2019!
The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is now the exclusive, multi-year sponsor of the Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Series! This series has curated and graded open-access blog posts and podcasts in the field of EM since 2014 to identify and provide high quality, social media-based, educational resources for EM residents. It is one the most used resources for Individualized Interactive Instruction (III) credit, and plus it is free! We look forward to working more with SAEM, who shares our grand vision for medical education.
This aligns perfectly with our recently re-launched ALiEMU “be free to learn” learning management platform, which houses all of the AIR modules as well as the Capsule Series and In-Training Exam Quizzes. Check out the entire Course Catalog. We can’t wait to share with you the new upcoming content.
After listening to feedback from educators, and specifically residency directors, who use the ALiEMU platform for asynchronous conference credit, we have decided to reconfigure our learning management system (LMS) platform to accommodate more fluid and diverse teams in flexible fashion. Residents and medical students within the same “class”? No problem. Pharmacy students doing peer-teaching around the world? No problem. Your program is not listed in our drop-down menu? We got rid of that requirement to form teams. The possibilities are endless.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) features 3 quality improvement targets within their Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL) initiative: sepsis, imaging, and chest pain. Most recently, they added a fourth new focus on the opioid epidemic. This opioid initiative covers best-practice approaches and strategies for managing opioid-related complications. In collaboration with ACEP E-QUAL, we have remixed and distilled 5 of their webinars into 4 podcasts.
Across the health professions, it is often assumed that medical students, residents, and faculty inherently absorb the knowledge on how to construct a successful journal manuscript. That is a fallacy. Crafting a clear and logical message that presents one’s data and conclusions can be incredibly challenging. Dr. Craig Newgard, Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), shares his recipe for success in an itemized fashion. He also reviews this template in a recent podcast with the SAEM Research Learning Series.
The Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) conference is in May 2018, but opportunities start NOW. This conference is one of the largest live EM educational conferences in the world with over 2,000 attendees, and will once again be held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas! Led by Dr. Paul Jhun, conference organizers are offering an amazing opportunity for EM residents anywhere in the world to serve as an EEM Fellow for the next EEM conference May 15-17, 2018.
Saying “Academic Life in Emergency Medicine” is a mouthful. Over the years there has been great controversy on our team about how to pronounce the abbreviated name “ALiEM.” Is it a long A like cake? Or is it a short A like apple? People were pronouncing it all sorts of creative ways. In the hopes of making our identity clear, we had heated discussions about this on the team. After much debate (and punitive push-ups), we resolved to pronounce it with a long A – like “alien”. This applies to all our ALiEM projects and initiatives such as ALiEMU.