21 09, 2017

IDEA Series: Teaching ECGs through a Written Competition

2017-09-20T20:58:52+00:00

The Problem

Idea Series LogoECG interpretation is a cornerstone of Emergency Medicine (EM). It requires both rapid identification of life-threatening abnormalities and fastidious attention to detail. This pairing can intimidate some junior learners, and identifying an effective and engaging method for teaching ECGs is important to resident education. We report a teaching method that addresses this problem with an annual residency ECG competition.

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1 09, 2017

IDEA Series: Video Review as an Experiential Model for Difficult Airway Education

2017-09-01T06:47:12+00:00

The Problem

Idea Series LogoDifficult airways, including those that are edematous, burned, soiled, or traumatic, pose one of the greatest procedural challenges for emergency physicians. Furthermore, unanticipated difficult airways represent 5-15% of intubations in the ED. Emergency medicine residents gain experience with difficult airways largely through hands-on practice while caring for critically ill patients. The relatively low frequency of complex intubations, however, necessitates an educational model that extends beyond the ED and can be shared with multiple learners.
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1 06, 2017

IDEA Series: Use of Online Interactive Platform to Incorporate Board Review into Conference

2017-06-01T07:04:35+00:00

The Problem

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Every year, emergency medicine (EM) residents take the In-Training Exam (ITE) to test their medical knowledge and predict the likelihood of passing their official written board examination upon completion of residency training. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires all EM residencies to include weekly didactics in order to build the knowledge base of residents and facilitate preparation for the written and oral American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) examinations. These didactics, however, often consists of traditional lecture formats. In contrast, according to the testing effect, we know that taking a test on material improves retention more than just passively hearing or reading the information alone.
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18 05, 2017

IDEA Series: Interactive Practice Oral Examination Case Construction

2017-05-31T08:27:11+00:00

The Problem

idea series teaching residents quality improvementThe American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM), and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) require successful completion of an oral examination as part of the certification process for the specialty of emergency medicine. Residents are seldom taught explicitly about the process of developing oral board examinations. While deliberate and guided practice can improve performance in such examinations, understanding the design and structure of an oral examination can also ease anxiety about the experience.

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3 03, 2017

IDEA Series: Applying Gamification and Competition-Based Learning to an Ultrasound Curriculum

2017-03-07T17:51:00+00:00

The Problem

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Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is integral to the practice of emergency medicine (EM) and is a core competency for EM residents. Learning ultrasound requires development of a multi-faceted skill set including image acquisition, image interpretation, and integration into clinical decision making. Utilizing the principles of gamification and competition-based learning provides a more engaging method for teaching POCUS than traditional didactic formats.

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11 01, 2017

IDEA Series: Teaching Residents Quality Improvement Through Action-Based Learning

2017-01-10T10:36:28+00:00

The Problem

idea series teaching residents quality improvementWhile the ACGME has required EM residency curricula to incorporate quality improvement (QI), programs have faced the challenge of executing this in a meaningful way. How can EM residency programs effectively engage learners in an action-based curriculum for QI?
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27 11, 2016

IDEA Series: Partnering with Pathology to Review Deaths in the ED

2017-01-04T18:14:45+00:00

The Problem

As part of their training, Emergency Medicine (EM) residents are required to perform patient follow up. However, there is currently no universal format in place. Additionally, there is often little follow-up information available on patients who die during the course of their Emergency Department (ED) visit, or shortly after admission to the hospital.

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