IDEA Series: Using Gamification to Reinforce Toxicology

The Problem

idea series using gamification to reinforce toxixcologyEarly recognition of a patient presenting with a toxidrome is essential to providing high-quality emergency care. Learners are often first exposed to this topic, however, in one comprehensive grouping, which makes it challenging to learn the nuances that distinguish one toxidrome from another. Both learners and experienced clinicians alike often employ rote memorization (and sometimes suboptimal mnemonics) to differentiate these presentations. This can make it difficult to convert the details into long-term memory.

By |2017-11-28T23:40:32-08:00Nov 30, 2017|IDEA series|

10 Tips to Minimize Error at ED Sign-Out Rounds

patient handoff at sign-out roundsPatient handoff at sign-out rounds is a high-risk period for clinical oversights and errors. The key to minimize this is to have a clear strategy. This means being precise yet concise, methodical, and forward-thinking in your presentation to the oncoming clinician and team. There are various tools like I-PASS1 to frame your script, but the following are 10 additional key tips to consider.


By |2019-02-19T18:38:16-08:00Nov 24, 2017|Medical Education|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Difficult Debrief – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

Our second case of season 5, The Case of the Difficult Debrief, presented the scenario of a budding simulation educator who had a difficult experience debriefing a cohort of learners.

This month’s case was developed in collaboration with the team at Simulcast, an excellent simulation website operated by a team of emergency providers in Australia, whose work includes a online Journal Club based loosely on the MEdIC discussion concept. After reviewing this commentary, we encourage readers to check out their podcast that delves into some of the issues that arose from this month’s MEdIC case.

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!


By |2019-03-30T21:57:01-07:00Nov 10, 2017|MEdIC series|

Template for Writing a Successful Journal Manuscript

Across the health professions, it is often assumed that medical students, residents, and faculty inherently absorb the knowledge on how to construct a successful journal manuscript. That is a fallacy. Crafting a clear and logical message that presents one’s data and conclusions can be incredibly challenging. Dr. Craig Newgard, Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), shares his recipe for success in an itemized fashion. He also reviews this template in a recent podcast with the SAEM Research Learning Series.


IDEA Series: Intern Olympics, a Capstone Competition

The Problem

Idea Series LogoEmergency medicine (EM) interns begin residency with variable clinical, procedural, and interprofessional skills. Residency leadership can find it challenging to ensure that a new class cohesively transitions into a program and community. Following a 4-week “Intern Boot Camp,” a capstone competition, “Intern Olympics,” was held to emphasize key knowledge and skills for interns. 


By |2017-11-01T22:19:02-07:00Nov 2, 2017|IDEA series, Medical Education|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Difficult Debrief

Welcome to season 5, episode 2 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’s case was developed collaboratively with the team at Simulcast. For the unacquainted, Simulcast is an excellent simulation website operated by our Australian colleagues that even includes a Journal Club set-up based loosely on the MEdIC discussion concept. Check it out following the completion of the case for a podcast that will delve into some of the issues that arose from this month’s MEdIC case which presents a simulation educator who is having difficulty connecting with her learners during debriefing sessions.


By |2017-10-28T10:55:25-07:00Oct 27, 2017|MEdIC series|

Introducing the SAEM Research Learning Series Podcasts: An ALiEM-SAEM Collaboration

SAEM Research Learning SeriesALiEM is teaming up with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), which now offers live online education on emergency medicine research topics through its Research Learning Series. The ALiEM podcast team will work with SAEM content experts to deliver this high-yield research content in audio form! Check out the first example of this collaboration (“Being a Good Research Mentor and Mentee”) and be sure to listen to our next installment later this month.