Perspectives on Program Evaluation: Interview with Drs. Megan Boysen-Osborn, Dara Kass, and Andrew King

As part of the ALiEM Faculty Incubator Professional Development Program, Drs. Megan Boysen-Osborn (Program Director at University of California-Irvine), Dara Kass (Editor-in-Chief FeminEM), and Andrew King (Assistant Program Director at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) participated in a Google Hangout where they provided perspectives and expert advice on program evaluation. Their perspectives and wisdom are summarized below.

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MEdIC Series: Case of the Technologically-Challenged Academic – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

twitter knowledge translationOur fourth case of season 5, The Case of the Technologically-Challenged Academic, presented the scenario of a budding clinician-scientist who is encouraged to develop a social media and online presence to highlight and disseminate his research achievements. His barrier, however, is his perceived lack of knowledge and technical skills for the growing online FOAM and social media movement.

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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By |2019-03-30T22:11:22-07:00Feb 9, 2018|MEdIC series|

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|

Winners of the 2018 ALiEM-EEM Fellowship Contest: Drs. Puja Gopal, Liz Fierro, and Natasha Li

2018 ALiEM-EEM Fellowship Contest winnersAfter receiving numerous high-quality submissions, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) Education Fellowship ContestsDr. Puja Gopal from the University of Illinois at Chicago has won the blog post competition. Her winning post, selected by a blinded EEM voting panel, highlights a mnemonic for taking care of patients with tracheostomies, and is featured on the blog today! Dr. Liz Fierro and Dr. Natasha Li have co-won the visual design competition for their submission, Pocket PEM. They were among 4 worthy semifinalist submissions selected by a blinded EEM voting panel, and the winners were ultimately selected by 2,687 ALiEM readers. We look forward to meeting these fellows in Las Vegas in May 2018 at the 3-day event. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work!

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By |2018-01-31T00:24:53-08:00Jan 31, 2018|Medical Education|

EM Match Advice: County Residency Programs

EM Match Advice is back with its last installment before the Rank Order List deadline (February 21), and puts the focus on county residency programs! In this episode, an esteemed panel peels back the curtain on what it means to work and train in some of the busiest public Emergency Departments in the United States. These programs share a special brand of team-centered training, and residents learn how to make the most of limited resources while caring for patients who are also often resource-poor. This incredible egalitarian spirit shines through in the discussion, hosted by Dr. Michael Gisondi. Watch the video Google Hangout or listen to the Soundcloud podcast to learn more about what it means to be “county.”
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By |2018-01-26T15:45:45-08:00Jan 27, 2018|EM Match Advice|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Technologically-Challenged Academic

Welcome to season 5, episode 4 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 budding clinician-scientist who is encouraged to develop a social media and online presence to highlight and disseminate his research achievements. His barrier, however, is his perceived lack of knowledge and technical skills for the growing online FOAM and social media movement. Read more about this case of a technologically-challenged academic!

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By |2019-03-30T22:07:23-07:00Jan 26, 2018|MEdIC series|

ALiEM-Essentials Visual Design Competition: Top 4 Semifinalists | Need Your Vote

visual design competitionThe ALiEM-Essentials of EM (EEM) Visual Design Competition kicks into high gear this week as the EEM team selected 4 semifinalists from a myriad of high quality submissions. YOU will decide who wins this competition, and becomes the next EEM Fellow with an all-expense paid trip to the 2018 meeting in Last Vegas! Voting closes January 27 at 5 pm PST.
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By |2018-01-28T02:11:36-08:00Jan 24, 2018|Medical Education|