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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
Case 4.5: The Case of Shifting Expectations Link Link PDF
Case 4.6: The Case of the Lazy Learners Link Link PDF
Case 4.7: The Case of the Solo Senior Link Link PDF
Case 4.8: The Case of the Failure to Fail 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. San Francisco, CA; Academic Life in Emergency Medicine.  ISBN: 978-0-9907948-0-6.
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2555.1522

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.

16 06, 2017

MEdIC Series: Case of the Failure to Fail – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

2017-06-16T08:38:20+00:00

failure to fail MEdIC SeriesThe Case of the Failure to Fail outlined a scenario of an attending emergency physician who was frustrated with the ingrained “failure to fail” culture amongst his colleagues when faced with a resident who had significantly underperformed throughout his emergency medicine rotation.

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 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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2 06, 2017

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Failure to Fail

2017-06-16T08:38:59+00:00

failure to fail

Welcome to season 4, episode 8 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, we present a case of an attending emergency physician who struggles with the ingrained “failure to fail” culture amongst his colleagues when faced with a resident who has significantly underperformed throughout his emergency medicine rotation.

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12 05, 2017

MEdIC Series: Case of the Solo Senior – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

2017-05-12T03:43:36+00:00

The Case of the Solo Senior outlined a scenario of an emergency attending who questioned the common consultant call-etiquette of not activating back-up call, whether that be another resident or the attending physician, on a busy call shift when the “solo senior” is obviously overwhelmed. 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 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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28 04, 2017

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Solo Senior

2017-05-11T15:05:12+00:00

Overwhelmed solo seniorWelcome to season 4, episode 7 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, we present a case of an emergency attending who questions the common consultant call-etiquette of not contacting attending physicians to provide back-up on a busy call shift.

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14 04, 2017

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Lazy Learners – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

2017-04-13T21:24:20+00:00

The Case of the Lazy Learners outlined a scenario of an emergency attending, Chris, who questions the work-ethic, dedication, and professionalism of his residents after an on-shift teaching interaction. 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 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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31 03, 2017

MEdIC Series: The Case of the Lazy Learners

2017-04-19T06:16:30+00:00

professionalism lazy learnerWelcome to season 4, episode 6 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, we present a case of an emergency attending who questions the work-ethic, dedication and professionalism of his residents after an on-shift teaching interaction.

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10 03, 2017

MEdIC Series: The Case of Shifting Expectations – Expert Review and Curated Commentary

2017-03-10T10:53:04+00:00

The Case of Shifting Expectations outlined a scenario of a junior emergency attending who feels like she has lost control of her department while working with an overconfident senior resident. 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 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

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