ALIEM Bookclub – Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine

51Ca9x9ZyZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_As a practicing Emergency Medicine physician, I have spent almost the last decade of my life immersed in a culture of medical education. Actually, not quite accurate, as I have spent my life since middle school years either studying for one standardized test to another, or buffing my CV with medical related volunteering experiences in pursuit of my medical aspirations. Even prior to beginning medical school, I was drawn to the culture of medicine, what I saw as a commitment to altruism, and dedication to preserving patient health and quality of life.

In my actual training, most apparent during those grueling residency years, I was exposed to another culture of medicine; this period of my life was composed of fatigue, imposter syndrome, fear that my actions or ineptitude could directly cause patient harm or death. These emotions and feeling were just as present as my desire to heal and serve. I know that my experience is not unique, but what I didn’t know was the fascinating history of how this culture of medicine, and medical education has evolved since before the original establishment of residency education at Johns Hopkins in 1889. As the famous quote states, “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”, which underlies the importance of reading and reflecting upon Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine by Dr. Kenneth M. Ludmerer [Link].

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By |2018-01-30T01:57:04-08:00Nov 17, 2015|Book Club, Medical Education|

The quality checklists for health professions blogs and podcasts

Checklists Mededlife logo largeThe use of blogs and podcasts within health professions education is rapidly increasing, especially among emergency medicine and critical care learners [1-5]. However, there are no standardized quality assessment methods for the learners and educators that use and produce them. This dilemma led the MedEdLife Research Collaborative to launch a research agenda with the goal of developing a tool to assess the quality of blogs and podcasts. This was done through the series of studies that are presented in this blog.

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By |2018-01-30T01:57:06-08:00Nov 12, 2015|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

8 Tips On How To Run An Awesome Works-in-Progress Meeting

Work in progress canstockphoto25743758Do you have 27 projects up in the air but none of them submitted for publication yet? (Guilty!) Have a great project in the works but can’t get past one sticky detail? (Been there!) Need help navigating a finicky IRB? (Yuck!) CV just looking a little threadbare? (Hangs head in shame.) You need a Works-in-Progress (WIP) meeting!

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“Dos and Don’ts” of Residency Interviewing

interviewIf you are a 4th year medical student, chances are that interviews are taking up much of your time and thought right now. Interviews can be stressful, especially when your future job is at stake and in the hands of the somewhat mysterious match process. How can you set yourself apart from hundreds of other applicants as someone who is a good fit for a program, who should be ranked highly, and who will be a great future resident – all in the course of a 15 minute interview? This post will walk you through some important “Dos” to make you stand out, and some devastating “Don’ts” that can sink you down lower on a program’s rank list.

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By |2020-04-20T19:48:03-07:00Oct 25, 2015|EM Match Advice, Medical Education|

ALiEM-FeminEM Journal Club: Women in Academic Medicine

female_doctor_holding_stethoscope_400_clr_17638 smWe are very excited to present a special installment of the ALiEM Journal Club in collaboration with FeminEM featuring the JAMA article by Jena et al. entitled “Sex Differences in Academic Rank in U.S. Medical Schools in 2014.” 1 Despite correcting for a multitude of metrics such as time since residency completion and research productivity, women remain substantially less likely to attain the rank of full professor at academic centers. To many, this article’s conclusions come as no surprise. This journal club is meant to inspire discussion around gender disparities and brainstorm solutions of equality for all involved in academic medicine.

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By |2016-11-11T19:39:50-08:00Oct 21, 2015|Medical Education|

EM Fellowship Match Advice: Simulation, Toxicology, and Ultrasound

Fellowships doctors_solve_custom_text_puzzle_12406 copySubspecialty training within emergency medicine is increasingly becoming a popular route for those interested in pursuing an academic faculty position. This year, we will cover the ins-and-outs, nuts-and-bolts, and nuances for 3 fellowships available to EM residency graduates: Simulation, Toxicology, and Ultrasound. Modeled after the wildly successful EM Match Advice for medical students applying to residency, Dr. Mike Gisondi launches and hosts another successful series — the EM Fellowship Match Advice series.

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MEdIC Series | The Case of the FOAM Promotion – Expert Review and Curated Commentary

stairsLast week, we launched season 3 of the ALiEM MEdIC series and it sure took off! The Case of the FOAM Promotion brought together learners, teachers, and colleagues from across many disciplines to discuss promotion and the conversation nicely evolved to include a discussion of life goals and self-evaluation. We are now proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 2 expert opinions. Thank-you again to all our experts and participants for contributing again this week to the ALiEM MEdIC series.

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By |2017-11-06T19:12:11-08:00Oct 2, 2015|MEdIC series, Medical Education|
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