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Inspired by the Harvard Business Review Cases, the MEdIC Series puts difficult medical education cases under a microscope. On the fourth Friday of the month we will pose a challenging hypothetical dilemma, moderate a discussion on potential approaches, and recruit medical education experts to provide “Gold Standard” responses. Cases and responses will be made available for download in pdf format – feel free to use them!

Our Purpose

The purpose of the MEdIC series is to create resources that allow you to engage in ‘guerrilla’ faculty development – enticing and engaging individuals who might not have time to attend faculty development workshops to think about challenging cases in medical education. We hope to support our readership’s development by creating Expert Peer Reviewed content featuring prominent thinkers in emergency medicine (and beyond) on key topics.

Want to Submit a Case?

If you’re a medical educator with a pedagogical problem, we want to get you a MEdiC. Send us your most difficult dilemmas (contact us) and help the rest of us to bring our teaching game to the next level.

Click here for the Case Author Guidelines.

Meet Our MEdiC Team

Series Editors

  • Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC MEd(c)
  • Teresa Chan, BEd MD FRCPC MHPE

Assistant Editors

  • S. Luckett-Gatopoulos, MD MSc
  • John Eicken, MD
  • Eve Purdy, BHSc MD
  • Alkarim Velji, MD
  • Brent Thoma, MA MD FRCPC MSc

Season Four Cases (2016-Ongoing)

Case Original Post Wrap Up Post PDF link
Case 4.1: The Case of Cognitive Overload Link Link PDF
Case 4.2: The Case of the Overly Attentive Attending Link Link PDF
Case 4.3: The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year Link Link PDF
Case 4.4: The Case of the Resident-At-Risk Link Link PDF

Season Three Cases (2015-2016)

Case Original Post Wrap Up Post PDF link
Case 3.1: The Case of the FOAM promotion Link Link PDF
Case 3.2: The Case of the Patient with a No Learner Policy Link Link PDF
Case 3.3: The Case of the Cackling Consulting Resident Link Link PDF
Case 3.4: The Case of the Awkward Assessors Link Link PDF
Case 3.5: The Case of the Catastrophic Classroom Link Link PDF
Case 3.6: The Case of the Pimping Physician Link Link PDF
Case 3.7 : The Case of the Fibbing First Year Link Link PDF
Case 3.8 : The Case of the Terrible Code Link Link PDF
Case 3.9: The Case of the Honorary Authorship Link Link PDF

Season Two Cases (2014-2015)

Case Original Post Wrap Up Post PDF link
Case 2.1: The Case of the Backroom Blunder Link Link PDF
Case 2.2: The Case of the Debriefing Debacle Link Link PDF
Case 2.3: The Case of the Ebola Outbreak Ethics Link Link PDF
Case 2.4: The Case of the Late Letter Link Link PDF
Case 2.5: The Case of Breaking Bad News Badly Link Link PDF
Case 2.6: The Case of the Returning Traveller Link Link PDF
Case 2.7: The Case of the Financial Fiasco Link Link PDF
Case 2.8: The Case of the FOAM Faux Pas Link Link PDF
Case 2.9: The Case of the Flirtatious Patient Link Link PDF
Case 2.10: The Case of the Unseasoned Senior Link Link PDF

Season One Cases (2013-2014)

Case Original Post Wrap Up Post PDF link
Case 1.1: The Case of the Difficult Consult Link Link PDF
Case 1.2: The Case of the Facebook Faceplant Link Link PDF
Case 1.3: The Case of the Woman in White Link Link PDF
Case 1.4: The Case of the New Job Negotiations Link Link PDF
Case 1.5: The Case of the Magnificent Mentor Link Link PDF
Case 1.6: The Case of the Terrible Teammate Link Link PDF
Case 1.7: The Case of the Culture Clash Link Link PDF
Case 1.8: The Case of the Not-so-Humorous Humerus Link Link PDF
Case 1.9: The Case of the Unexpected Outcome Link Link PDF
Case 1.10: The Case of the Exasperated Educator Link Link PDF
Case 1.11: The Case of the Justified Junior Link Link PDF
Case 1.12: The Case of the Absentee Audience Link Link PDF

Free e-Books: MEdIC Season 1 & 2 Compilations

Click on this direct iTunes link or the picture below to go there. You may also go to our ResearchGate link to get the PDF version if you are unable to access the iTunes e-book.

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Chan TM, Thoma B, Lin M (Eds). (2014). Medical Education in Cases: Volume 1 (1st Edition). Digital File. San Francisco, CA; Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. ISBN: 978-0-9907948-0-6.
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Chan TM, McColl T, Luckett-Gatopoulos S, Purdy E, Thoma B (Eds). (2016).Medical Education in Cases: Volume 2

MEdIC News

March 18, 2015 – We are excited to announce that the first ALiEM medical education paper on the ALiEM MEdIC series is now out! Congratulations to Drs. Teresa Chan, Brent Thoma, and Michelle Lin of the MedEdLIFE Research Collaborative for engaging in this form of educational scholarship. Archiving #FOAMed within traditional scholarly avenues such as the prominent journal Academic Medicine is an important step in helping the FOAM community gain academic recognition, and we are happy that some of our ALiEM team have stepped up to help with this.

Chan TM, Thoma B, Lin M. Creating, Curating, and Sharing Online Faculty Development Resources. Academic Medicine. 2015;90(6):785-789. doi: 10.1097/acm.0000000000000692

We are very proud to announce that the ALiEM MEdIC series was selected as a “Top Five What Works” abstract and will be presented from the podium at the International Conference on Residency Education in 2014. Dr. Teresa Chan will represent the ALiEM Team. On October 25, 2014, Dr. Chan presented the first ALiEM Press production the ALiEM MEdIC E-Book.

17 02, 2017

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Resident at Risk – Expert Review and Curated Commentary

The Case of the Resident at Risk outlined a scenario of junior resident who is unsure of how to proceed when her senior discloses thoughts of suicide while on shift. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 3 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich and very important discussions surrounding this case!

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3 02, 2017

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Resident At Risk

mental health MEdIC Resident At RiskWelcome to season 4, episode 4 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, Alkarim Velji and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine!

This month, in keeping with our theme of physician wellness and mental health, we present a case of a junior resident who feels completely out of her comfort zone when she realizes that her senior resident may be suffering from depression and having thoughts of suicide.

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16 12, 2016

MEdIC Series: Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

burnoutThe Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year outlined a scenario many of us deal with at some point throughout our careers, that of a senior emergency resident struggling to cope with the physical, emotional and mental exhaustion of working in our chosen field of medicine. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 3 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich and very important discussions surrounding this case!

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2 12, 2016

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year

burnoutWelcome to season 4, episode 3 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, Alkarim Velji and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine!

In this month’s case, a senior resident is experiencing the effects of physician fatigue and burnout.

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11 11, 2016

MEdIC: The Case of the Overly Attentive Attending – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

woman cryingThe Case of the Overly Attentive Attending outlined an egregious scenario of a staff physician displaying sexually aggressive behaviour towards his junior resident, Samantha. The case also focuses on her inner struggle following the incident regarding how to proceed after being the victim of sexual harassment. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 2 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich and very serious discussions surrounding this case!

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28 10, 2016

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Overly Attentive Attending

medic series overly attending sexual assaultWelcome to season 4, episode 2 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine!

In this month’s case, a junior resident feels violated and shamed after a sexually aggressive encounter with an orthopedic attending physician.

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14 10, 2016

MEdIC: Case of Cognitive Overload – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

cognitive overloadThe Case of Cognitive Overload outlined a scenario of a junior resident dealing with the harsh realities of working in emergency medicine when she experiences the negative impacts of cognitive overload while caring for a sick patient. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 2 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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