The man who saved more lives than any other physician (in the history of humanity combined) died in a mental institution—unrecognized and shunned by the medical community. He was beaten by guards and died a miserable death. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian obstetrician practicing in the mid-1800’s, years before Louis Pasteur came up with his germ theory and Joseph Lister popularized hand washing.
Being a learner in a medical simulation case can be tough. But equally challenging, is the role of the Debriefer. This person has to balance the important task of debriefing the small group, provide feedback, and still maintain a positive and open learning environment. A 2013 paper by Rudolph et al attempts to show methods how to balance these demands while improving as a Debriefer through the use of 2 Column Case Analysis and Learning Pathway Grid.
HOT OFF THE PRESS! We would like to announce a great opportunity for U.S. MEDICAL STUDENTS. In collaboration with the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), we at ALiEM are launching the 2014-2015 ALiEM-EMRA Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship for medical students! This is in parallel to the just-announced similar ALiEM-CORD fellowship for EM residents, except that this is for U.S. medical students, who are members of EMRA. The application process for this virtual fellowship is open as of right now.
The International Teaching Course, now held twice annually in Baltimore, has a recurring Slide Redesign workshop and competition. Taught by Dr. Stacey Poznanski, this workshop addressed many of the widespread pitfalls which cause “death by powerpoint”. Here are the winners from the workshop competition, illustrating great examples based on Mayer’s multimedia learning theories. The examples below show the before and after slides. Congratulations to the winner, Badria Alhatali, and the close co-runners up, Nadia Awad and Kris Maday!
Some people consider teaching and learning much more difficult than rocket science. 1 Teaching and learning is such a complex process that researchers are still having debates in different areas including: how it works, how to assess it, and how to research it. For the most part it is safe to presume that different people have different learning philosophies and this is, most likely, how they teach. 2 Because we are a product of our past and form strong habits, these might inadvertently impede the search of more effective and efficient educational activities. Research in education, just like research medical practice, may challenge our most held beliefs and bring to light better educational practices.
We are very excited this month to bring you our first ALiEM-Annals Resident’s Perspective discussion. Similar to the ALiEM-Annals Global EM Journal Club series, we will be discussing the most recent Resident’s Perspective piece on the role of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) in the EM residency selection process. We hope you will participate in an online discussion based on the paper summary and questions below from now through May 11, 2014. Respond by commenting below or tweeting (#ALiEMRP).
We very are excited to announce an innovative, joint initiative with CORD (Council of EM Residency Directors) in launching the 2014-2015 ALiEM-CORD Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship! The application process for this virtual fellowship is open as of right now to U.S. Emergency Medicine residents.