The mystique of direct laryngoscopy: Learning and teaching the procedure

This post is about an editorial comment by Dr. Richard Levitan on an article (1) about pulmonary critical care doctors performing intubations in the ICU (2). The study states that pulmonary critical care doctors can successfully perform this procedure. Dr. Levitan reports that intubation in elective anesthesia has a success rate between 98-99%, but when failure occurs the consequence can be catastrophic. The initial success rate of beginners is usually 50%, and it takes about 50 attempts in elective intubations to be 90% proficient.

By |2016-11-11T18:43:16-08:00Nov 11, 2012|Medical Education|

New blog section on Medical Education by Dr. Nikita Joshi


“I desire no other epitaph…than the statement that I taught medical students in the wards, as I regard this as by far the most useful and important work I have been called upon to do.”  – Sir William Osler, renowned physician and believer in bedside medical education

MedicalEducationStethoscopeAnd with this quotation I would like to introduce a new segment to Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. One of the most important job descriptions we have as physicians is to be a clinical instructor… while simultaneously running cardiac arrest codes, managing agitated altered mental status patients, and avoiding documentation errors.


By |2016-11-11T18:43:16-08:00Nov 9, 2012|Medical Education|

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Have you heard of Bloom’s Taxonomy?

As active adult learners, we must be conscientious about the what, how, and why we are reading a piece of literature. Being conscientious makes us more efficient, selective, and critical about what we learn. This in turn will help us to provide better care for our patients, which is after all our main goal.

Although mainly used to develop curricula, I believe that understanding Bloom’s taxonomy and applying it to our learning may help us to learn more effectively. Bloom’s taxonomy can help us identify learning objectives that require higher level of cognitive function, which helps us to be better problem solvers.


By |2019-02-19T18:05:08-08:00Oct 21, 2012|Medical Education|

Creating a personal learning environment


What is digital curation?

It is the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets.1 Once you have curated the digital content you might want to share with others. There are different ways of sharing this content:

  • Sending out the link
  • Retweeting on Twitter
  • “Like” on Facebook
  • “1+” on Google+
  • Many others


By |2018-01-30T02:02:44-08:00Sep 20, 2012|Medical Education|
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