An intern’s perspective: Doing well on your EM clerkship

AdrianFlores1smIt’s that time of year again. When medical students interested in EM are stressing over doing well on their EM rotation.

Here’s a very insightful guest post from Dr. James Connolly, who is a new PGY-1 resident at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. I’ll write my personal top-10 list next week, from the perspective of a faculty member.

Many MS4 interested in emergency medicine will be starting their EM Sub-I’s in the next few weeks and are naturally wondering what to expect, and how they can be successful, both in terms of getting a strong letter of recommendation, and all while still having a fun and enjoyable rotation. With that in mind, I’d like to present a unique “Top Ten” list, written with the aim of helping the student succeed on his or her upcoming rotation. The list is my own, based on my experiences during three EM rotations last year as a medical student.  I’ve also asked a few of my fellow interns for their input on the list, so the list really reflects thoughts of a handful of people who recently successfully matched into emergency medicine.

By |2019-01-28T22:42:19-08:00Jun 30, 2011|Medical Education|

Article review: Carnegie’s vision for medical education

StethoscopeBookIn 2010, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching published recommendations for the future reform of medical education. This same Carnegie Foundation had also commissioned and published the landmark 1910 Flexner report 1  on medical education, exactly 100 hears prior.

Here is a summary of the four major recommendations:

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By |2019-01-28T22:43:03-08:00Jun 27, 2011|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Article review: Professionalism in the ED through the eyes of medical students


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Teaching professionalism in a formal curriculum is so much different than demonstrating professionalism in the Emergency Department. So much of what students and residents learn about professionalism are from observed behaviors of the attending physicians — that is, the hidden curriculum.

In a qualitative study assessing medical student reflection essays during an EM clerkship, the authors (my friends Dr. Sally Santen and Dr. Robin Hemphill) found some startling results. The instructions to the medical students were to “think about an aspect of professionalism that has troubled you this month. Write a minimum of one half-page reflection describing what was concerning and how you might handle it.”

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By |2016-11-11T18:52:55-08:00Jun 20, 2011|Education Articles, Medical Education|

SAEM National Meeting a success!

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The national SAEM meeting in Boston just concluded and was a success. As part of the SAEM Social Media Committee, I was encouraged to see how many people were tweeting events from the meeting. Check out the tweets with the #SAEM11 hashtag.

To view beyond the most recent 100 tweets, you can view here.

 

By |2016-11-11T18:53:04-08:00Jun 6, 2011|Medical Education|