One of the most challenging aspects of medical school is the sheer volume of information that must be absorbed in a short period. This can pose a problem for those interested in developing research skills and pursuing an independent project. As colleagues, we know that our inherent curiosity is satisfied by discovering new information as much as it is by learning clinical content. We believe that it is important to showcase our hard work through a formal research project, but there are systematic barriers to finding a research mentor and team. Although there are many resources to guide you on “how” to publish, in this post we give some basic tips and tricks, from one medical student to another, on how to get involved in research and find a project that best fits your goals.
The National Residency Matching Program® (NRMP) recently published its annual Results and Data for the 2018 Main Residency Match®. How competitive was emergency medicine (EM)? Spoiler alert: not much changed! But to understand the full picture, we need to dive into the numbers, which look a lot different from last year. Below is a summary of the most pertinent results for EM, trended from 2011-2018. You will notice some striking differences in the data between the 2017 Match and the 2018 Match.
We are incredibly proud and excited to announce the launch of the 2018-19 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator. Emergency medicine (EM) Chief Residents have recently been selected across North America to help shape and lead EM residency programs. The “CRincubator” will be enrolling its fourth class, building quickly on lessons learned and ongoing feedback from the membership. Led by Dr. Tanner Gronowski (Chief Operating Officer) and Dr. Robert Cooney (Chief Strategic Officer), this group will also feature legacy advisors, senior advisors, all-star cast of returning alumni champions, several surprise virtual mentors. Thanks to our exclusive sponsors EBSCO Health / DynaMed Plus.
Who’s with us? Read more and enroll on our CRincubator home page. We are kicking it off strong on April 16, so sign up before then. Don’t miss out on the launch.
Nuts and Bolts of Competency-Based Medical Education: Interviews with Drs. Sherbino, Cooney, Chan, and Hamstra
Are you confused about competency-based medical education (CBME)? Look no further! The Faculty Incubator conducted 2 Google Hangouts with 4 experts on the subject: Dr. Stanley Hamstra, the ACGME Vice-President of Milestones Research and Evaluation, and Drs. Teresa Chan, Robert Cooney, and Jonathan Sherbino. We summarized some of the key points from this robust discussion, which is available to you both in podcast and video formats. Enjoy!
We’re taking a look back at the first ever Faculty Incubator Talk with Experts. This Google Hangout session with the legendary Dr. Geoff Norman is an incredible treasure that has been unearthed from the Faculty Incubator Vault! You may be asking yourself, “what does a PhD in nuclear physics know about medical education?” The answer is “plenty!” With Dr. Norman’s help, Drs. Teresa Chan and Jonathan Sherbino (both from McMaster University) take a deep dive into how the brain processes information and how this knowledge can be used in our educational practice.
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.
After receiving numerous high-quality submissions, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) Education Fellowship Contests! Dr. 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!