Article review: Handoffs in the Emergency Department

One shared experience amongst all emergency physicians is the “handoff” or “signout” of patients at the end of your shift to the oncoming physician. A recent article in Annals of Emergency Medicine explores and explains how this process can often lead to delays and errors in patient management. Just envision ED handoffs as a high-stakes game of Telephone, which you played as a child.

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By |2016-10-26T17:05:40-07:00Oct 19, 2009|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Article review: Optimal training during fourth year of medical school

U.S. medical students traditionally spend the first 3 years of training in a pre-determined curriculum. In their 4th year, however, students have significant flexibility in how they tailor their time. For this last year before residency, they shift from a learner-centered curriculum to a patient-centered curriculum. There is a shift in mentality from “I am here to learn as much as I can about medicine” to more of a “How do I best prepare myself for working in a hospital in my chosen specialty?”

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By |2016-10-26T17:05:41-07:00Oct 12, 2009|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Hot off the press: Improving medical student presentations in the ED

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The EM-RAP Educator’s Edition podcast just released its 6th podcast episode. Dr. Rob Rogers et al discuss practical tips and approaches to giving feedback on medical student presentations. Presentations in the ED are very different from those in other specialties, such as internal medicine and surgery. The discussants dissect and comment on parts of the presentation.

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By |2016-11-18T11:11:09-08:00Oct 9, 2009|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Educator’s portfolio

Are you a medical educator and can’t quite illustrate the importance and impact of your work in your CV?

I’ve always had this problem when compiling and updating my CV. The traditional CV format caters especially to academic physicians who are active in public service, traditional research, and leadership positions. What about the great procedural course that you ran with stellar evaluations? What about the lecture you gave at a national conference?

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By |2018-10-28T21:34:48-07:00Aug 13, 2009|Medical Education|

Tricks of the Trade sneak peak: Teaching procedures

Teaching procedural skills in medical school is increasing falling on the shoulders of emergency physicians. Two common problems that arise are the equipment expenses and simulation of realism. Working with my colleague Dr. Jeff Tabas, we came up some creative ideas around the teaching of (1) the Seldinger technique for central line placement and (2) saphenous vein cutdown.

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By |2016-10-26T17:05:43-07:00Jul 29, 2009|Medical Education, Tricks of the Trade|