About Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE

ALiEM Associate Editor
Emergency Physician, Hamilton
Associate Professor, McMaster University
Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, McMaster University Ontario, Canada

Teaching in the age of COVID-19: Real-time video conferencing

video conferencing

As programs face unprecedented pressure to protect learners via social distancing, many will turn to video as their preferred method to continue delivering educational content. The need to do this in “real-time” makes conferencing applications an obvious choice for content delivery. Programs may already be familiar with this technology for conference calls, further lowering the bar for early adoption. Studies demonstrate the educational content via live video is at least as effective as a live lecture [1]. Further, they have been used to deliver additional content, such as small groups and simulation [2]. With current technology, these tools are widely available and easy to use for educators.

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Teaching in the age of COVID-19: Teaching with tech while socially distancing

social distancing

With the arrival of SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) in North America, programs are facing the need to reconsider how they deliver didactic education to their learners. The ACGME only allows for 20% of the curriculum to be delivered in an asynchronous fashion. The remainder is delivered through traditional didactic means, including “small-group sessions, such as break-out groups, serially repeated conference sessions, practicum sessions, or large-group planned educational activities.” With mandatory social distancing likely to become standard practice, we present multiple solutions to bridge the gap between live, in-person conferences and asynchronous materials.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS | Free ALiEM MEdIC Series Book, Volume 4

It has been more than 5 years since we launched the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) Series, and we are very proud to have had 5 years of excellent engagement and participation from the FOAM audience with our interactive monthly discussions. This past year we’ve become a bit backlogged in our work… So although the MEdIC series is complete through to the 5-year mark, we still owe the world a few free e-books.

We are thrilled to announce that a compilation of the fourth MEdIC season (last year’s cases) is available for free download.

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By |2018-12-20T21:19:35-08:00Dec 21, 2018|MEdIC series, Medical Education|

Education Theory Made Practical (Volume 2): An ALiEM Faculty Incubator eBook Project

Education Theory Made Practice, volume 2The ALiEM Team is delighted to announce yet another eBook publication: the second volume in the Education Theory Made Practical series. This book was a labor of love written by the 2017-18 Faculty Incubator class. We are very proud of all our Faculty Incubator alumni who made this happen. Their hard work has been compiled in this FREE, peer-reviewed eBook. We sincerely feel that it will be useful for all the educators out there, wrestling with the issue of integrating theory into practice.

Special shout out to Dr. Anthony Artino (@mededdoc) for providing us a really thought-provoking foreword.

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IDEA Series: Trapped as a Group, Escape as a Team | Applying Gamification to Team-Building Skills

The Problem

idea series teaching residents quality improvementProviding high-quality healthcare in the busy, often chaotic world of EM requires teamwork. Team members must overcome varied levels of training, expertise, and conflicting personalities to function as a unit. Effective teamwork and collaboration, particularly in high-stakes, high-acuity environments, can improve patient outcomes and the cost of care.1,2 Although the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) includes “interpersonal and communication skills” (ICS) as a core competency, there is no consensus as to how to effectively teach these skills. Further, military literature identifies “trust” as critical to effective communication within teams.3 To improve trust, communication, and collaboration, authors suggest a training that is safe, low-stakes, high-impact, and dynamically engaging.
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By |2018-02-02T11:33:46-08:00Feb 1, 2018|IDEA series|

2017 Annual Report: Inspiration and Ideas

ALiEM has generated an annual report every year since 2013 to summarize our team’s work, and reflect on both the organizational goals we have met and accomplishments we have achieved. 2017 is no different. Under the leadership of Dr. Michelle Lin, ALiEM has grown to become an international organization with over 80 volunteers, all helping to write for the blog and contribute to projects like ALiEMU, the MEdIC Series (in its fifth year), the Chief Resident Incubator (in its third year), Faculty Incubator (in its second year), and the new Wellness Think Tank. We share this report to update our audience and volunteers on all that’s gone on this past year and give a sense of where we are headed in 2018!
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By |2018-01-02T17:54:59-08:00Dec 28, 2017|Academic, Annual Report|