EM Match Advice Series: Advice for the Non-EM Resident Applying To EM

Match season came to a close last month – and with that, some 17,000 U.S. medical school seniors earned a PGY-1 position. Most will go on to complete these programs and have happy, successful careers in their chosen specialty. But for a small number, second thoughts will creep in during residency. Maybe a life event changes the way a resident looks at his or her role in providing care; or perhaps exposure to another specialty – EM for example – occurred late in the fourth year of medical school. For these atypical applicants, there is a dearth of resources to help guide a re-match, if you will, and no guide for navigating the policies and politics associated with changing one’s mind.

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By |2019-02-19T18:35:37-08:00Apr 5, 2017|EM Match Advice|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Lazy Learners

professionalism lazy learnerWelcome to season 4, 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 an emergency attending who questions the work-ethic, dedication and professionalism of his residents after an on-shift teaching interaction.

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By |2017-04-19T06:16:30-07:00Mar 31, 2017|MEdIC series|

Top 5 Reasons to Join the 2017-18 Chief Resident Incubator

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
– John F. Kennedy

Every year without exception, a new set of Chief Residents are chosen at each Emergency Medicine program. They are always excited for the position, but hardly prepared for what’s to come. We have now had 2 successful ALiEM Chief Resident Incubators and are extremely excited and thrilled to launch the third 2017-18 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator.

If you are a Chief Resident, here are the top 5 reasons why you should join the Incubator.

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By |2017-03-26T16:33:49-07:00Mar 27, 2017|Incubators|

MEdIC Series: The Case of Shifting Expectations – Expert Review and Curated Commentary

The Case of Shifting Expectations outlined a scenario of a junior emergency attending who feels like she has lost control of her department while working with an overconfident senior resident. 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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By |2019-03-30T21:35:56-07:00Mar 10, 2017|MEdIC series|

IDEA Series: Applying Gamification and Competition-Based Learning to an Ultrasound Curriculum

The Problem

idea series teaching residents quality improvementPoint of care ultrasound (POCUS) is integral to the practice of emergency medicine (EM) and is a core competency for EM residents. Learning ultrasound requires development of a multi-faceted skill set including image acquisition, image interpretation, and integration into clinical decision making. Utilizing the principles of gamification and competition-based learning provides a more engaging method for teaching POCUS than traditional didactic formats.

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By |2018-01-31T10:03:21-08:00Mar 3, 2017|IDEA series|

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Faculty Incubator Class of Educator-Scholars!

We are very excited to officially announce the NEW 2017-18 ALiEM Faculty Incubator Class of Educator-Scholars! We received applications from across the country and internationally with broad ranges of background and experiences. We narrowed it down to the top 30 applicants, who we know are budding leaders in the field.

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By |2017-03-01T10:36:16-08:00Feb 27, 2017|Incubators, Medical Education|

MEdIC Series: The Case of Shifting Expectations

overconfident poseWelcome to season 4, 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 new emergency attending who feels like she has lost control of her department while working with an overconfident senior resident.

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By |2019-03-30T21:33:39-07:00Feb 24, 2017|MEdIC series|