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12 02, 2018

Perspectives on Program Evaluation: Interview with Drs. Megan Boysen-Osborn, Dara Kass, and Andrew King

As part of the ALiEM Faculty Incubator Professional Development Program, Drs. Megan Boysen-Osborn (Program Director at University of California-Irvine), Dara Kass (Editor-in-Chief FeminEM), and Andrew King (Assistant Program Director at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) participated in a Google Hangout where they provided perspectives and expert advice on program evaluation. Their perspectives and wisdom are summarized below.


11 02, 2018

I am Dr. Noah Kaufman, American Ninja Warrior: How I Stay Healthy in EM


Dr. Noah Kaufman is an emergency physician from Fort Collins, CO, who you may have spotted on a recent TV episode of American Ninja Warrior. We could not have thought of a better exemplar guest to share some insights on this Healthy in EM series. Spoiler alert: Staying active, living the adventure, and laughing as much as possible are a few key secrets on how Dr. Kaufman keeps well. Here is how he stays healthy in EM!

9 02, 2018

MEdIC Series: Case of the Technologically-Challenged Academic – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary


twitter knowledge translationOur fourth case of season 5, The Case of the Technologically-Challenged Academic, presented the scenario of a budding clinician-scientist who is encouraged to develop a social media and online presence to highlight and disseminate his research achievements. His barrier, however, is his perceived lack of knowledge and technical skills for the growing online FOAM and social media movement.

The MEdIC team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted an online discussion around the case over the last 2 weeks with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the curated commentary and our expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!


3 02, 2018

I am Dr. Christopher Hicks, Simulation/Resuscitation Fellowship Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM


Dr. Christopher Hicks, is an emergency physician from Toronto, Canada. For Dr. Hicks, staying well is worked into every element of his day. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with loved ones, and keeping active. His strategies for keeping mentally in check and being academically happy are something you’ll definitely not want to miss! Here’s how he stays healthy in EM!


1 02, 2018

IDEA Series: Trapped as a Group, Escape as a Team | Applying Gamification to Team-Building Skills


The Problem

idea series teaching residents quality improvementProviding high-quality healthcare in the busy, often chaotic world of EM requires teamwork. Team members must overcome varied levels of training, expertise, and conflicting personalities to function as a unit. Effective teamwork and collaboration, particularly in high-stakes, high-acuity environments, can improve patient outcomes and the cost of care.1,2 Although the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) includes “interpersonal and communication skills” (ICS) as a core competency, there is no consensus as to how to effectively teach these skills. Further, military literature identifies “trust” as critical to effective communication within teams.3 To improve trust, communication, and collaboration, authors suggest a training that is safe, low-stakes, high-impact, and dynamically engaging.

31 01, 2018

Winners of the 2018 ALiEM-EEM Fellowship Contest: Drs. Puja Gopal, Liz Fierro, and Natasha Li


2018 ALiEM-EEM Fellowship Contest winnersAfter receiving numerous high-quality submissions, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) Education Fellowship ContestsDr. Puja Gopal from the University of Illinois at Chicago has won the blog post competition. Her winning post, selected by a blinded EEM voting panel, highlights a mnemonic for taking care of patients with tracheostomies, and is featured on the blog today! Dr. Liz Fierro and Dr. Natasha Li have co-won the visual design competition for their submission, Pocket PEM. They were among 4 worthy semifinalist submissions selected by a blinded EEM voting panel, and the winners were ultimately selected by 2,687 ALiEM readers. We look forward to meeting these fellows in Las Vegas in May 2018 at the 3-day event. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work!


28 01, 2018

I am Dr. Evelyn Kim, EM Physician & Assistant Professor: How I Stay Healthy in EM


Dr. Evelyn Kim is an emergency physician from Portland, Oregon. When she is not busy in the ED, she can be found spending time outdoors, getting in a run or bike ride. For Dr. Kim, staying well means keeping this simple and sticking to your priorities. Her constant reflection on her daily work is something we could all learn from! Here’s how she stays healthy in EM!