Turns out New Orleans is a fantastic city, not just for the food and culture, but also as a setting for the 25th anniversary year of the Council of Residency Directors Academic Assembly conference (CORD). The ALiEM crew was on hand to help teach a pre-conference workshop called #DontGetLeftBehind: FOAMed and Social Media for EM Educators, dedicated to learning tricks of the trade of the different modalities of social media for medical education. Naturally we focused our section on blogging. Rather than let all that information go to waste, we have shared our work in this post in the true spirit of collaboration!
The folks at SUNY Downstate Emergency Medicine program have been hard at work contributing to the field of #FOAMed over the last few years (ClinicalMonster.com). Dr. Mark Silverberg, the program’s Associate Residency Director, has also been busy with an EKG website featuring 100 interpreted EKGs. And now he’s busy at it again, introducing the newest contribution to EM – an online visual atlas: www.kchemimage.wordpress.com. While the website is still in development, I wanted to discuss further with Dr. Silverberg the nuances of obtaining images and creating an EM website with it.
Thought simulation is only for doctors and nurses? Think again! More and more, people are reconsidering the notion that medical simulation has only application in the clinical setting. By rethinking the narrow mind set, educators are learning that simulation can be used almost anywhere for anyone! Even to teach sexual health to teenagers!
Let us start 2014 with renewed vigor and interest in simulation! To do that, I am going to take it way back and review the basics of simulation with a 2007 article that I consider landmark for understanding medical simulation and the role it plays in education by one of the leaders in the field, Dr. David Gaba.
Simulation based research is tough. We all know that it’s fun, and we think it is safer for the patients. Beyond that, the data is not so strong! And it’s important to care about this. Why? Because those working in the educational fields are fighting for budgets against other strong modalities for education such as ultrasound. Additionally, we are fighting for valuable time and space with the learners, such as medical students and residents. Improving simulation research can give credibility to those educators who seek more money, time, and focus for their learners. But how to improve it?
Love sitting in the audience at national and local conferences listening to great speakers, but always have that nagging feeling that you also have something valuable to teach and share with the audience? Or have you ever wanted to directly confront your greatest fear of public speaking in front of your EM colleagues? Consider speaking opportunities through organization such as AAEM and ACEP!
Just in Time Training (JiTT) is an educational concept that has been easily adapted for EM. Interesting, this educational strategy originates from inventory management. To them, JiTT means: right material, right time, right place, in the exact amount. In educational terms, this means: right educational modality, given to the learner at the right time, at the right location, and exactly the amount needed.