Confronting Stress Before and After High Acuity Shifts: A Discussion with Performance Psychologist Dr. Jason Brooks

stressIt’s almost the end of your sixth shift in a row. You are trying to finish up notes when you hear an overhead page. You find yourself in the middle of a pediatric code that has a poor outcome and you have 5 minutes to spend with the family before being pulled into another patient’s room. You have no time to address the difficult case you just encountered. As an emergency physician, this may happen on a daily basis but some cases hit closer to home. How do you recover after these shifts, and how do you prepare for the next difficult patient encounter? Members of the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank recently spoke with performance psychologist Dr. Jason Brooks about how to mend these wounds and improve performance in the workplace. We provide a summary of our conversation and link to the podcast.

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MEdIC Series: The Case of the Orphaned Patient

Welcome to season 5, episode 7 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, 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 that seems to have become a more common occurrence as patient flow has increased and hospitals must function beyond capacity. The case describes a junior resident tasked with transferring the care of a clinically deteriorating patient to another service. She unfortunately receives significant pushback resulting in no primary service taking responsibility for the patient’s care.

Check out the case and join the conversation in the comments section! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this important topic!

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2019-04-01T11:42:20-08:00

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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MEdIC Series: The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

Our sixth case of season 5, The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues, presented the scenario of an early-career attending physician anxious to return to clinical work after taking a 6-month paternity leave. If you haven’t had a chance yet, we urge you to check out the case and share your thoughts on this important topic!

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 the case over the last 2 weeks with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the curated commentary and our expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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2019-04-01T09:43:44-08:00

The 2018-19 Chief Resident Incubator enrollment opens TODAY

We are incredibly proud and excited to announce the launch of the 2018-19 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator. Emergency medicine (EM) Chief Residents have recently been selected across North America to help shape and lead EM residency programs. The “CRincubator” will be enrolling its fourth class, building quickly on lessons learned and ongoing feedback from the membership. Led by Dr. Tanner Gronowski (Chief Operating Officer) and Dr. Robert Cooney (Chief Strategic Officer), this group will also feature legacy advisors, senior advisors, all-star cast of returning alumni champions, several surprise virtual mentors. Thanks to our exclusive sponsors EBSCO Health / DynaMed Plus.

Who’s with us? Read more and enroll on our CRincubator home page. We are kicking it off strong on April 16, so sign up before then. Don’t miss out on the launch.

2018-04-01T01:03:22-08:00

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Post-Paternity Leave Blues

Welcome to season 5, episode 6 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 young attending physician anxious to return to clinical work after taking a 6-month paternity leave. Check out the case and join the conversation in the comments section! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this important topic!

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2019-04-01T09:43:37-08:00

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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