VIPER video: How to give effective feedback

web-video-iconA few years ago, Dr. Esther Choo and I created a fun 15-minute instructional video on called Giving Effective Feedback: Beyond “Great Job”. We had a blast recording sample feedback scenarios with our faculty and medical students. For every 1 minute of published footage, there were at least 9 minutes of bloopers and laughter! We definitely should keep our day job.

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:12-08:00Jan 20, 2011|Medical Education|

Article review: Academic professional bankruptcy


Bankrupt
In academia, faculty are expected to do it all– clinical care, bedside teaching, formal didactics, scholarly work, and administrative projects. Asking for protected time, or release time from clinical work, from your department chair is often a difficult negotiation process, especially for junior faculty.

Fresh out of residency and fellowship training, junior faculty are just excited to get started as an academic faculty member. A downpour of exciting opportunities descends upon you, and you just can’t say no to them! A year later passes, and you realize that you are overwhelmed.

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:13-08:00Jan 17, 2011|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Diagnoses that sound alike

Emergency Medicine is as much about taking care of undifferentiated patients as it is about naming specific signs, symptoms and diagnoses. After 10 years of medical training I’ve noticed that there are a few diseases that require us to stop and think a bit. In particular I’m thinking about conditions that share these features:

  1. They sound-alike, look-alike, or share words or roots of words
  2. They affect a specific organ or part of the body
  3. They have very different etiologies, implications, prognosis and treatment

The two sets of diagnoses that I encounter most frequently with this problem are Mesenteric Ischemia (or Ischemic Bowel) and Ischemic Colitis and Aortic Dissection and Aortic Aneurysm (often manifested in the unlikely “dissecting aneurysm”).
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By |2017-11-06T18:51:53-08:00Jan 4, 2011|Medical Education|

Trick of the Trade: Self-Reflection

Selfreflection

After a shift, we often review the day’s case with our learners. We sometimes ask them to self-reflect.

I often used Demian’s ‘Plus/Delta’ approach and ask ‘What did you like /what would you change?’

This approach works well mostly. But, when the answer is ‘I don’t think I would change anything’, it is hard to target teaching and feedback to the learner’s need.

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:17-08:00Dec 8, 2010|Medical Education, Tricks of the Trade|

Article review: Consensus methodologies in qualitative research

Strength in Numbers

What types of methodologies are used to develop a consensus statement? I’m in the midst of helping to write a consensus statement manuscript in education and ran into this great review article. It’s from the British Medical Journal in 1995. 

Basically, there are 2 general types of methodologies:

  • Delphi Process
  • Nominal Group Technique

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:18-08:00Dec 6, 2010|Education Articles, Medical Education|