New Year’s Resolution | Post-It Pearls – Back to basics with bedside teaching

post-it notesHappy new year! With so many exciting new blogs and podcasts out there producing wonderful clinical and professional development content, it strikes me that we may be overlooking the critical value that our star bedside clinician-educators provide for medical students and residents. Inspired by the #WhiteboardTeaching photos which Dr. Amal Mattu tweets from his ED shifts, I too started tweeting my own Post-It Pearls (#PostitPearls). In doing so, it has curiously reinvigorated my passion and dedication for bedside teaching. It has also allowed other learners and nurses to share in the teaching and learning. We are constantly on the lookout for something to add to a post-it note. Sometimes low-tech can be the answer in a digital world. Let’s make a new year’s resolution to get back to basics — bedside teaching. Anyone want to join me? Check out some recent photos.

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By |2019-09-13T15:07:11-07:00Jan 4, 2017|Medical Education|

The ALiEM Team: Meet some of our all-star cast

aliem teamHappy new year! Over 80 people make the whole ALiEM organization run, often behind the scenes. In the spirit of creativity and building a cohesive team culture, we felt that an “About Us” page with standard professional headshots would be too traditional.  So we made cartoon avatars of our top 30 organizational and project leaders. Take a peek at our all-star cast on our Meet the Team page.

 

By |2019-01-28T21:37:56-08:00Jan 4, 2017|Academic|

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Work-Life Balancing Act

Work Life Balancing © Can Stock Photo / Gajus“The hardest thing for me was trying to find time to do things aside from being a resident. When you’re working six 12 hours shifts in a week, there’s only so much time left in the day to do anything else. Especially in the winter, you wake up, you get to work before the sun comes up, you work a 12 hour shift, you leave, and the sun’s gone. By the time you get home, you have enough time to wash the grime off, shovel a sandwich in your mouth, and pass out. And there was nothing else except for that.”

– Anand Swaminathan, MD

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MEdIC Series: Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

burnoutThe Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year outlined a scenario many of us deal with at some point throughout our careers, that of a senior emergency resident struggling to cope with the physical, emotional and mental exhaustion of working in our chosen field of medicine. 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 3 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich and very important discussions surrounding this case!

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By |2017-04-13T08:25:12-07:00Dec 16, 2016|MEdIC series|

ALiEM Book Club | Show and Tell by Dan Roam

“Its all about the audience” is a nice sentiment, but only half true”
― Dan Roam, author of “Show and Tell” book

show-tell bookPublic speaking and presentation building skills are critical aspects of medical education and academic careers. Despite how important it is to develop these skills, many educators often “wing it” or copy the same boring format they have seen in the past. Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations by Dan Roam is a worthy investment for anyone seeking to improve their public speaking skills. And this concise book stands out among the plethora of books available in this genre; not only is it refreshingly simplified, but it is also uniquely visually appealing.

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By |2016-12-23T08:55:48-08:00Dec 4, 2016|Book Club, Medical Education|

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year

burnoutWelcome to season 4, episode 3 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!

In this month’s case, a senior resident is experiencing the effects of physician fatigue and burnout.

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By |2017-01-20T12:30:40-08:00Dec 2, 2016|MEdIC series|