Inspirational graduation speech by Conan

“Your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.”

“No specific job or career goal defines me, and it should not define you.”

— Conan O’Brien

I found this inspirational 2011 graduation speech by Conan O’Brien at Dartmouth College. It is a great mix of silly, witty, inspirational, and profound. Check it out. For those in Medicine and medical training, your dreams may change over time… and that’s ok.


By |2019-01-28T22:36:32-08:00Jul 28, 2011|Medical Education|

SAEM 2012 Consensus Conference: Education Research in EM


It has just been announced that the upcoming 2012 SAEM annual meeting will feature a full-day Consensus Conference on Education Research in Emergency Medicine. In the past, Consensus Conferences have focused on such areas as “Interventions to Assure Quality in the Crowded Emergency Department” and “The Science of Simulation in Healthcare: Defining and Developing Clinical Expertise”.

There’s introductory information on the SAEM Facebook page. The format is a bit cluttered, so I am reposting here below: 

By |2016-11-11T18:52:37-08:00Jul 26, 2011|Medical Education|

Article review: Message for new generation of educators


An interesting article was published in Medical Education which you don’t see too often in journals. It’s a first-person reflective account of Dr. Ronald Harden’s long and internationally well-regarded career in medical education. No p-value. No sample size calculation. His experiences and lessons learned provide great insight. Here’s his advice to current and future educators.


By |2016-11-15T22:25:03-08:00Jul 25, 2011|Education Articles, Medical Education|

TED-Ed Brain Trust: Catalyzing an education revolution

ted-icon-1n27gebIf you have not heard of TED videos, I highly encourage you to view them. They are short, inspirational, and professional talks by leaders, scientists, and artists, who focus on bringing together the 3 worlds of Technology, Entertainment, and Design.

Because many of these videos focus primarily on education, TED has just built a new online community of educators called the “TED-Ed Brain Trust“. The mission is to bring together “the expertise of visionary educators, students, organizations, filmmakers and other creative professionals to guide, galvanize and ultimately lead this exciting new initiative.”


By |2019-01-28T22:38:43-08:00Jul 19, 2011|Medical Education|

Article Review: Redesigning a Powerpoint lecture using multimedia design principles

Let’s rethink how we design our Powerpoint slides. Let’s create design principles using Mayer’s cognitive theory of multimedia learning.

Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning

In a nutshell, people learn through two channels — words and images. This dual-channel theory suggests that people process auditory and visual stimuli separately. Each channel requires time to process information before merge into a cohesive cognitive concept.


By |2016-11-11T18:52:39-08:00Jul 18, 2011|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Doing well as a new EM attending physician

 NewJobYou are super-excited to get your first real job as an emergency physician after residency. Then this immediately turns into a nauseating, super-terrified feeling, right?

After posting two entries to help medical students do well on their EM clerkship rotation, a commenter suggested that I provide a list of tips for doing well as a new EM attending physician. Although there is slightly variation for community versus academic faculty, many of the basic tenets hold true:


By |2019-01-28T22:39:21-08:00Jul 14, 2011|Medical Education|
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