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Inspired by the Harvard Business Review Cases, the MEdIC Series puts difficult medical education cases under a microscope. From 2013-2018, on the fourth Friday of the month we will pose a challenging hypothetical dilemma, moderate a discussion on potential approaches, and recruit medical education experts to provide “Gold Standard” responses. Cases and responses will be made available for download as individual PDFs (i.e. one per case). Year 1-4 are also available as e-book compendiums (see below). Feel free to use them locally for your own education or in group activities with others!

Read more about the background of our process in our paper within the leading medical education journal Academic Medicine:
Chan TM, Thoma B, Lin M. Creating, Curating, and Sharing Online Faculty Development Resources. Academic Medicine. 2015;90(6):785-789. doi: 10.1097/acm.0000000000000692

Our Purpose

The purpose of the MEdIC series is to create resources that allow you to engage in ‘guerrilla’ faculty development – enticing and engaging individuals who might not have time to attend faculty development workshops to think about challenging cases in medical education. We hope to support our readership’s development by creating Expert Peer Reviewed content featuring prominent thinkers in emergency medicine (and beyond) on key topics.

Meet Our MEdiC Team

Series Editors

  • Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC MEd(c)
  • Teresa Chan, BEd MD FRCPC MHPE

Assistant Editors

  • S. Luckett-Gatopoulos, MD MSc
  • John Eicken, MD
  • Eve Purdy, BHSc MD
  • Alkarim Velji, MD
  • Brent Thoma, MA MD FRCPC MSc

Season Five Cases (2017-ongoing)

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Case 5.1: The Case of the Discriminatory PatientLinkLinkPDF
Case 5.2: The Case of the Difficult Debrief LinkLink

Bonus:
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Case 5.3: The Case of the M&M Shame GameLinkLinkPDF
Case 5.4: The Case of the Technologically-Challenged AcademicLinkLinkPDF
Case 5.5: The Case of the Night Shift StimulantsLinkLinkPDF
Case 5.6 The Case of the Post-Paternity bluesLinkLinkPDF
Case 5.7 The Case of the Orphaned PatientLinkLinkPDF
Case 5.8 The Case of the Overwhelmed SeniorLinkLinkPDF
Case 5.9 The Case of the Medication MishapLinkLinkPDF

Season Four Cases (2016-2017)

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Case 4.1: The Case of Cognitive OverloadLinkLinkPDF
Case 4.2: The Case of the Overly Attentive AttendingLinkLinkPDF
Case 4.3: The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year LinkLinkPDF
Case 4.4: The Case of the Resident-At-RiskLinkLinkPDF
Case 4.5: The Case of Shifting ExpectationsLinkLinkPDF
Case 4.6: The Case of the Lazy LearnersLinkLinkPDF
Case 4.7: The Case of the Solo SeniorLinkLinkPDF
Case 4.8: The Case of the Failure to FailLinkLinkPDF
Case 4.9: The Case of the Competency ConundrumLinkLinkPDF

Season Three Cases (2015-2016)

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Case 3.1: The Case of the FOAM promotionLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.2: The Case of the Patient with a No Learner PolicyLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.3: The Case of the Cackling Consulting ResidentLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.4: The Case of the Awkward AssessorsLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.5: The Case of the Catastrophic ClassroomLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.6: The Case of the Pimping PhysicianLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.7 : The Case of the Fibbing First YearLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.8 : The Case of the Terrible CodeLinkLinkPDF
Case 3.9: The Case of the Honorary AuthorshipLinkLinkPDF

Season Two Cases (2014-2015)

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Case 2.1: The Case of the Backroom BlunderLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.2: The Case of the Debriefing DebacleLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.3: The Case of the Ebola Outbreak EthicsLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.4: The Case of the Late LetterLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.5: The Case of Breaking Bad News BadlyLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.6: The Case of the Returning TravellerLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.7: The Case of the Financial FiascoLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.8: The Case of the FOAM Faux PasLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.9: The Case of the Flirtatious PatientLinkLinkPDF
Case 2.10: The Case of the Unseasoned SeniorLinkLinkPDF

Season One Cases (2013-2014)

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Case 1.1: The Case of the Difficult ConsultLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.2: The Case of the Facebook FaceplantLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.3: The Case of the Woman in WhiteLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.4: The Case of the New Job NegotiationsLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.5: The Case of the Magnificent MentorLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.6: The Case of the Terrible TeammateLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.7: The Case of the Culture ClashLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.8: The Case of the Not-so-Humorous HumerusLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.9: The Case of the Unexpected OutcomeLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.10: The Case of the Exasperated EducatorLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.11: The Case of the Justified JuniorLinkLinkPDF
Case 1.12: The Case of the Absentee AudienceLinkLinkPDF

Free e-Books: MEdIC Season 1-3 Compilations

Click on this direct iTunes link or the picture below to go there. You may also go to our ResearchGate link to get the PDF version if you are unable to access the iTunes e-book.

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Chan TM, Thoma B, Lin M (Eds). (2014). Medical Education in Cases: Volume 1 (1st Edition). Digital File. San Francisco, CA; Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. ISBN: 978-0-9907948-0-6.
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Chan TM, McColl T, Luckett-Gatopoulos S, Purdy E, Thoma B (Eds).(2016).Medical Education in Cases: Volume 2. San Francisco, CA; Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. ISBN: 978-0-9907948-0-6.
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2555.1522
Chan TM, McColl T, Luckett-Gatopoulos S, Purdy E, Eicken J, Thoma B. (2017). Medical Education in Cases: Volume 3 (1st Edition). Digital File. San Francisco, CA; Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. ISBN: 978-0-9907948-9-9.

Newly available (July 20, 2017)

The Volume 4 e-book is out now.  You may go to our ResearchGate link to get the PDF version, and it is also available on iTunes as an e-book.


Did you know…?

ALiEM MEdIC series was selected as a “Top Five What Works” abstract and will be presented from the podium at the International Conference on Residency Education in 2014. Dr. Teresa Chan will represent the ALiEM Team. On October 25, 2014, Dr. Chan also presented the first ALiEM Press production the ALiEM MEdIC E-Book.

ALiEM’s Greatest MEdIC Hits for New Senior Residents: A Curated Collection of 10 Cases

senior residentsWhile we congratulated and welcomed the interns with the list of Greatest Hits for Interns, it’s high time we actually congratulate and welcome you… the new Senior Residents! You’ve toiled through call shifts on off-service rotations,  you’ve worked hard reviewing cases with junior residents and getting grilled you about the latest esoteric facts by the seniors!  And now, you’re going to be in charge of other other residents!?!  You are probably equal parts excited and scared… but more to the point you may be wondering – How does one actually be a great senior resident? Well we have some resources for you!

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MEdIC Series: Case of the Competency Conundrum – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

Our final case of this season, The Case of the Competency Conundrum, outlined a scenario of residency competency committee members who are divided in their approach to a superstar R4 resident, Josh, who has already completed the requirements of his training program. They struggle with competing opinions surrounding competency based medical education (CBME) early advancement principles and the importance of continued exposure/service.

This month, the MEdIC team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted an online discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the curated community commentary and our expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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2019-03-30T21:49:26-07:00

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Competency Conundrum

Welcome to season 4, episode 9 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, Alkarim Velji and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine!

This month, we present a case of a residency competency committee that has competing opinions surrounding competency based medical education (CBME) advancement principles when faced with a superstar resident who has met the requirements of his program and may complete his training ahead of the usual trajectory.

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2019-03-30T21:46:42-07:00

MEdIC Series: Case of the Failure to Fail – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

failure to fail MEdIC SeriesThe Case of the Failure to Fail outlined a scenario of an attending emergency physician who was frustrated with the ingrained “failure to fail” culture amongst his colleagues when faced with a resident who had significantly underperformed throughout his emergency medicine rotation.

This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the curated community commentary and our expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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2019-03-30T21:43:50-07:00

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Failure to Fail

failure to fail

Welcome to season 4, episode 8 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, Alkarim Velji and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine!

This month, we present a case of an attending emergency physician who struggles with the ingrained “failure to fail” culture amongst his colleagues when faced with a resident who has significantly underperformed throughout his emergency medicine rotation.

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2019-03-30T21:40:32-07:00

MEdIC Series: Case of the Solo Senior – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

The Case of the Solo Senior outlined a scenario of an emergency attending who questioned the common consultant call-etiquette of not activating back-up call, whether that be another resident or the attending physician, on a busy call shift when the “solo senior” is obviously overwhelmed. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the curated community commentary and our expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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2019-03-30T21:39:26-07:00

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Solo Senior

Overwhelmed solo seniorWelcome to season 4, episode 7 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, Alkarim Velji and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine!

This month, we present a case of an emergency attending who questions the common consultant call-etiquette of not contacting attending physicians to provide back-up on a busy call shift.

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2019-03-30T21:37:28-07:00