About Nikita Joshi, MD

ALiEM Chief People Officer and Associate Editor
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University

Getting serious about Serious Gaming!

Many of our childhood memories revolve around late nights playing Mario Brothers. Everybody remembers their mother yelling to stop playing so much, or else their fingers would fall off. Many of us outgrew video games, only to be sucked back in by Angry Birds and Farmville. Now there’s a new generation who experience life with an iPad glued to their hand from the womb. And then there are people like my fiance who belong to guilds in World of Warcraft.

For the purposes of this write up, I want to focus on Serious Games as electronic software as opposed to table top or board games such as Monopoly (or Dungeons and Dragons for the geeks out there!).


By |2019-02-19T18:05:05-08:00Feb 8, 2013|Medical Education|

Cape Town Emergency Medicine YouTube Channel

Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 4.42.20 AMIn line with the philosophy and awesomeness of FOAM, Dr. Almero Oosthuizen and the EM Physicians at Cape Town South Africa have created the EM Cape Town YouTube Channel for the purposes of demonstrating critical EM procedures. This great series was created with zero budget, limited time, and only with the use of an iPhone for recording purposes. This group is very passionate about teaching, and it shows through the videos.


By |2016-11-11T18:41:16-08:00Feb 6, 2013|Social Media & Tech|

Creating a successful workshop

This past week was the 2013 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare Simulation Society, organized by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH) in Orlando, FL. This was the second time that I attended this conference, and the first year that I tweeted (#IMSH2013) through it.

This was also the first time that I had ever organized a workshop for a conference. Boy was I nervous!  I wanted it to be a great experience for those who attended. I wanted the participants to learn..  laugh..  cry… in other words, I wanted to change their lives!


By |2019-02-19T18:07:55-08:00Feb 1, 2013|Medical Education|

Lost in translation: What counts as asynchronous learning?

Reiter et al 1 just published a review on Individual Interactive Instruction also known as asynchronous learning in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

They chronicled the events in 2008 that led CORD (Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors) to recommend integration of individual interactive instruction into the residency curriculum. The summary recommendations by Sadosty et al 2 discuss components, strengths, and weakness of both asynchronous and synchronous learning paradigms along with background about Malcolm Knowles and andragogy.


By |2020-03-12T11:58:31-07:00Jan 18, 2013|Medical Education|

SimWars: A “warring tigers” competition


You’ve seen this word on the agenda at the most recent Emergency Medicine conference that you attended. It sounded interesting… but you ended up going to a happy hour and missed out on the event. And so you are left with the burning question, what is SimWars?

I have now heard Dr. Haru Okuda (Director of VA SIMLEARN) introduce SimWars a few times at the start of competitions at conferences. He usually has a photo of two cute little kittens with great big sweet eyes juxtaposed with a photo of two warring tigers fighting each other. He uses this comedic relief to illustrate the difference between a standard simulation session and SimWars competition.


By |2017-03-05T14:18:34-08:00Jan 11, 2013|Medical Education, Simulation|
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