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

MEdIC Series | The Case of the Absentee Audience

LLSAslideHave you ever been at a lecture where the audience didn’t seem in ‘sync’ with the speaker?  Or perhaps as a junior presenter, some of you may have been at a lecture or two that just didn’t seem to work. This month, we ask you to advise Dr. Xiu, a presenter who is experiencing this exact problem. Come out and discuss the Case of the Absentee Audience.


By |2017-01-04T18:32:43-08:00Jul 25, 2014|MEdIC series|

ALiEM Bookclub Review: David and Goliath

David vs. GoliathWhat is the essence of the underdog?  Are they truly disadvantaged?  Or occasionally, are they disruptors that provides them with a brilliant new perspective on things?  Therein lies the question central to Malcolm Gladwell’s latest New York Times Bestseller. This is the key concept behind the latest book by Malcolm Gladwell‘s book, David and Goliath [Amazon link], and the topic of this month’s ALiEM bookclub discussion.


MEdIC Series: The Case of the Justified Junior – Expert & Community Commentary

TeachingChan190The Case of the Justified Junior presented a case of a learner that disagrees with his senior resident,  a senior resident that may be biased in her decision making, and an attending faced with the opportunity to teach around this whole situation. And at the center of it all, we have a patient that may be at risk if the wrong decision is made.

In keeping with our mandate with the MEdIC series, we launched this case last week and waited for the crowd to speak up and help us solve the case. We also asked two esteemed colleagues to prepare some expert consultations on the case.  Continue reading to see what they thought.


By |2016-12-15T15:01:14-08:00Jul 4, 2014|MEdIC series|

MEdIC Series | The Case of the Justified Junior

TeachingChan190“With great power comes great responsibility…”  – Stan Lee

‘Tis the season of transitions.  This summer marks the annual promotion day for most medical professionals.  We transition between junior to senior, from clerk to resident, from resident to new attending.  And with this comes increased responsibilities, including teaching.

This month, we ask you to come and help us think through a difficult situation that might occur between various levels of learners and supervisors.


By |2017-01-04T18:32:43-08:00Jun 27, 2014|MEdIC series|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Humorous Humerus – Expert Review and Curated Commentary

The Case of the Not-So-Humorous Humerus presented an attending faced with a patient complaint about a resident. This is a situation that all of us will almost certainly be faced with at one point or another and there is no easy way to address it. This month we asked you to tell us how you would approach this difficult conversation to successfully determine what the problem was and how it should be addressed.


By |2019-02-19T18:08:47-08:00Apr 4, 2014|MEdIC series|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Culture Clash

downloadOur hospitals are abound with international citizens who travel across the globe to learn about medicine. Frequently, individuals complete some aspect of their training in another country, bringing with them their own cultural perspectives. This month in the MEdIC Series, we invite you to discuss a case of culture clash and how consider how our learners’ backgrounds can affect their medical education. Join Mary in her tribulations as she considers how to approach the very different styles of her learners: Jane, Irina, and Shamila.


By |2017-01-04T18:32:43-08:00Feb 28, 2014|MEdIC series|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Terrible Teammate

fingerWorkplace conflict can take place in many forms. Both clinical and administrative work can result in interpersonal conflict that causes frustrations which lead to a downward spiral of increasingly intense and adversarial working environments. This month in the MEdIC Series, we present the case of Sarah, a co-chief resident who is having a disagreement with her colleague David over an administrative issue. We invite you to share your thoughts and advice below.


By |2017-01-04T18:32:43-08:00Jan 24, 2014|MEdIC series|