MEdIC: Case of the Night Shift Stimulants – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

Our fifth case of season 5, The Case of the Night Shift Stimulants, presented the scenario of a junior emergency medicine (EM) resident who witnesses her attending physician taking stimulants in order to function during his night shift.

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 |2019-03-30T22:21:39-07:00Mar 9, 2018|MEdIC series, Tox & Medications|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Night Shift Stimulants

Welcome to season 5, episode 5 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 junior resident who witnesses her attending physician taking stimulants to function during his night shift. Check out the case and join the conversation in the comments section! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this controversial topic!

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By |2019-03-30T22:18:51-07:00Feb 23, 2018|MEdIC series|

Discovering How We Learn: A Conversation with Dr. Geoff Norman

We’re taking a look back at the first ever Faculty Incubator Talk with Experts. This Google Hangout session with the legendary Dr. Geoff Norman is an incredible treasure that has been unearthed from the Faculty Incubator Vault! You may be asking yourself, “what does a PhD in nuclear physics know about medical education?” The answer is “plenty!” With Dr. Norman’s help, Drs. Teresa Chan and Jonathan Sherbino (both from McMaster University) take a deep dive into how the brain processes information and how this knowledge can be used in our educational practice.
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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|