About Sara M. Krzyzaniak, MD, FACEP

ALiEM Faculty Incubator
Chief Operating Officer
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Stanford University

Education Theory Made Practical (Volumes 4 & 5): An ALiEM Faculty Incubator eBook Series

education theory made practical, volumes 4 and 5 cover book

Back by popular demand and thanks to a generous grant from the Government of Ontario’s eCampus initiative, the ALiEM team is delighted to announce the publication of 2 new eBook publications: Volumes 4 and 5 of the Education Theory Made Practical eBook series [ALiEM Library]. Like all of the others that have come before, these books were a labor of love brought to you by the dedicated Faculty Incubator alumni. On behalf of all the editors of both editions, we are very proud of all our Faculty Incubator alumni who made this happen. 

Their amazing contributions have been compiled in these FREE, peer-reviewed eBooks. We sincerely feel that these will be a useful resource for all the educators out there, wrestling with the issue of integrating theory into practice. Special shout-out to the incredible Dr. Jonathan Sherbino (Volume 4) and Dr. William Bynum (Volume 5) who authored the forewords and provided us with their thoughtful insights on how theory can relate to a clinician educator’s practice.  


Education Theory Made Practical volume 4 ETMP

Brought to you by the ALiEM Faculty Incubator Class of 2019-20

How to Cite This Book
Krzyzaniak, Messman, Robinson, Schnapp, Li-Sauerwine, Gottlieb, Chan (Eds). Education Theory Made Practical, Volume 4. McMaster Office of Continuing Professional Development, Hamilton, ON, Canada. ISBN: 978-1-927565-46-9 Available at: https://books.macpfd.ca/etmp-vol4/


Brought to you by the ALiEM Faculty Incubator Class of 2020-21

How to Cite This Book
Fant, Gottlieb, Li-Sauerwine, Krzyzaniak, Natesan, Schnapp, Chan (Eds). Education Theory Made Practical, Volume 5. McMaster Office of Continuing Professional Development, Hamilton, ON, Canada. ISBN: 978-1-927565-47-6Available at: https://books.macpfd.ca/etmp-vol5/


About the Books

The Education Theory Made Practical series aims to make the theoretical underpinnings of education psychology come alive for health professions teachers who are seeking to use theory to inform their clinical and classroom teaching.

Notes from Dr. Sara Krzyzaniak, the lead editor of Volume 4: I am proud of the authors’ work in writing primers on some of the core theories in medical education. The theories covered in this volume will help educators design (Cognitive Load Theory) and evaluate (Miller’s Pyramid) their curriculum. It will help us understand why our learners behave in a certain way (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) and how we approach and organize abstract concepts in education (Prototype Theory). Check out the 10 chapters in Volume 4 to help you understand how we can use education theory to be more successful educators, learners, and scholars. 

Notes from Dr. Abra Fant, the lead editor of Volume 5: This volume explores 10 new theories which again cover the educational design process from start to finish. The IDEO Design Theory helps educators disrupt while designing, R2C2 provides an exceptional model for delivering feedback and the Logic Model is a wonderful resource for evaluating curricula. We invite you to explore these and other chapters to help provide background and context as you design, enact and evaluate your educational interventions. 

Our Process

As part of the Faculty Incubator program, a 2 -3 person team authored a primer on a key education theory on the International Clinician Educator (ICE) blog. These posts were published serially over a 10-week period. Each post featured a key educationally-relevant theory by starting with a vignette that situated the theory. Following this vignette, there was an explanation and short history of the theory followed by an annotated bibliography for further reading. To ensure high quality, we then asked the #MedEd and #FOAMed online communities to join us in peer-reviewing these posts. After incorporating many of the peer review comments, each blog post was converted into a book chapter within this volume of a series of books for budding clinician-educators – the Education Theory Made Practical series. We believe this will serve as a valuable tool on how to incorporate educational theory into the clinical realm in a practical way.

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Chief Complaint: Chest pain

History of Present Illness: An 89-year-old female with a past medical history of coronary artery disease and with recent admission for myocardial infarction that was medically managed, presented with chest pain and shortness of breath. She reports worsening midsternal chest pain that occasionally radiates to her back and right arm since discharge.

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Welcome to the ALiEM Faculty Incubator 2019-2020 Class

The ALiEM Faculty Incubator reviewed stellar applications from around the globe for the 2019-2020 Faculty Incubator cohort and we are thrilled to announce our latest group of 30 medical educators! We are beyond excited to see what kinds of amazing things come out of this group (spoiler alert: it’s going to be epic!). A warm congratulations to this group and thank you to everyone who applied to be part of our virtual community of education scholars.

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WELCOME to the ALiEM Faculty Incubator 2018-2019 Class

We had an AMAZING kick-off this week at the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Academic Assembly, welcoming our NEW 2018-19 ALiEM Faculty Incubator Class of Educator-Scholars! We received applications from across the country and internationally from budding scholars with a broad range of background and experiences. We narrowed it down to the top 32 applicants, who we know are rising leaders in education scholarship.

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Nuts and Bolts of Competency-Based Medical Education: Interviews with Drs. Sherbino, Cooney, Chan, and Hamstra

competency based medical education google hangoutAre you confused about competency-based medical education (CBME)? Look no further! The Faculty Incubator conducted 2 Google Hangouts with 4 experts on the subject: Dr. Stanley Hamstra, the ACGME Vice-President of Milestones Research and Evaluation, and Drs. Teresa Chan, Robert Cooney, and Jonathan Sherbino. We summarized some of the key points from this robust discussion, which is available to you both in podcast and video formats. Enjoy!

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