G-Advising: Using Google Hangout to advise medical students

Get an advisor.

Don’t try to navigate medical school and residency on your own.

This is key especially during medical school as you try to get through and around the mounds of reading, paperwork, options, and pitfalls. If you are interested in Emergency Medicine (EM) as a career, that means getting one or several great EM advisors. Don’t rely on non-EM faculty to give you any insight into EM. Inevitably, I have found that they give incomplete or slightly skewed perspectives about the pros and cons of EM.



Brief survey: Need your help with my promotions!

OldschoolWith all of the advances in technology and social media, the “old school” world of traditional academia doesn’t know what to do with medical professionals who incorporate technologies into their educational practices. To justify these past 2 years of blogging during my free time, I wanted to collect data on who my readers are and the impact of my blog (if any).

I could sure use a few minutes of your time and input to help with my promotions process. Let’s push traditional academia to change with the times. Thanks a bunch.



The future of the ALiEM blog


It has been over 2 years now that my guest bloggers and I write blog posts 5 days a week. The process of writing, maintaining, and collaborating on ideas for the blog has completely changed my career. It has opened new doors, introduced me to new colleagues and friends worldwide, and clarified the direction of my career.

Now as I find myself involved with more projects, I need to re-structure my time (unless someone can find me an extra hour a day to work). It was a good run though. Honestly, I’m surprised that I maintained this pace for so long. The blog was meant to be my little experiment and foray into the Web 2.0 world to catalog my personal thoughts and learning.



First annual Medical Apps Awards: Vote now


Gold Cup Trophy

The polls for the first annual Medical Apps Awards is now open. Voting closes April 21, 2011 @ 12:00 AM EST.

There are 3 categories that you can vote on:

1. Best Medical App for Healthcare Professionals

  • MediBabble – a medical translation tool
  • Doximity – a professional networking tool
  • Medscape – comprehensive guide to drugs, interactions, diseases, & procedures
  • Epocrates – comprehensive guide to drugs, interactions, identifying pills, & calculators
  • DrChrono – the first EMR for the ipad

2. Best Medical App for Patients

  • iHealth BPM w/ cuff – the first medical app to take your blood pressure & keep track of it
  • Asthma Maze – know which food additives & cosmetic ingredients can trigger an asthma attack
  • Mayo Clinic Diabetes Type 2 Wellness Solutions – comprehensive guide to diabetes
  • Free RX iCard – get discounts on prescription drugs at participating pharmacies, easy locater
  • Calorie Tracker by Livestrong – keep track of your daily calories and weight loss progress

3. Most Innovative Medical App

  • Airstrip – monitor your patient’s vitals, waveforms, labs, I/Os, meds, & allergies from home
  • Webicina – a comprehensive online medical resource for both patients & healthcare folks
  • Fooducate – scan any barcode in the grocery store to instantly see product health highlights
  • PocketCPR w/cradle – real-time feedback so that anyone can do CPR correctly
  • Google Translate – speak into your phone and it will speak out the translation

I thought I would mention this since Medibabble was created by recent graduates from the UCSF School of Medicine. It’s a creative, well thought-out, free medical translation app. I had highlighted the app back in Feb 2011 and deserves to be on the list of impressive apps.

The downside of voting is that you are required to enter your email and snail-mail address in case you win the prize. Good luck to all the nominees!

I do not have any financial ties with any of these apps.