Emergency Medicine WELLNESS WEEK – An international collaboration & call to action!

By |Jan 22, 2017|Categories: Wellness|

“Dear colleagues. The unbearable has happened…last Friday we discovered that one of our residents was tragically taken from us… It appears that the resident took their own life in response to acute grief…” – Dr. Christopher Doty (Program Director, University of Kentucky EM Residency Program) Calling ALL Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians – residents and attendings alike! It shouldn’t take Dr. Doty’s story or the loss by the resident’s family, friends, and colleagues suffered in order for us to recognize the importance of wellness. Our specialty is known to be high risk and it is surprising that we are so late to the [+]

Thriving, Not Surviving, in Residency: JGME-ALiEM Hot Topics in Medical Education Journal Club

By |Jan 16, 2017|Categories: Education Articles, Medical Education, Social Media & Tech, Wellness|Tags: |

This year’s JGME-ALiEM Hot Topics in Medical Education journal club features the systematic review on residency wellness recently published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME).  This week, share your thoughts about this timely topic and paper on the blog, on Twitter (follow #JGMEscholar) and during a live Google Hangout with author Kristin Raj, MD (@KristinRajMD), Christopher Doty, MD (@PoppasPearls), and Jonathan Sherbino, MD (@Sherbino). Ultimately, a curated summary of our discussions will be published in the JGME. Some of your best tweets and blog comments will be featured. [+]

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2017-18 ALiEM Faculty Incubator: 6 reasons why we are excited about Round 2!

By |Jan 14, 2017|Categories: Incubators, Professional Development, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

We simply have been unable to contain our excitement!  You may have heard whispers on the internet, but we can now confirm that indeed, the rumors are true… The ALiEM Faculty Incubator will be accepting applications for next year’s class effective immediately! Applications are now open for the new 2017-18 ALiEM Faculty Incubator for educator-scholars ready to take their careers to the next level — from theory to application. Applications are open NOW. Here are the 6 reasons we are incredibly excited about this year’s version of the “Facubator”. [+]

Introducing In-Line Expert Peer Review: Advancing the State of Academic Blogging

By |Jan 12, 2017|Categories: Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

A peer review process, in one form or another, has long been the de facto standard for academic publishing. In 2013, ALiEM was the first FOAM resource to initiate an attributed peer review process for all submitted content–effectively bringing a traditional standard to a new frontier of medical education.1 Since our expert peer review (EPR) program inception, reviewers have published critical appraisals alongside 114 ALiEM posts to date. [+]

I am Dr. Taku Taira, Associate Program Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |Jan 7, 2017|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Taku Taira is an emergency physician working out of LAC and USC. Despite having multiple commitments, Dr. Taira definitely tries to stay well, by finding ways to combine wellness into his daily routine. Staying active and continuing to push his boundaries are ways he maintains wellness and enhances his personal growth. Here’s how he stays healthy in EM! [+]

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Work-Life Balancing Act

By |Dec 21, 2016|Categories: Medical Education, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|

“The hardest thing for me was trying to find time to do things aside from being a resident. When you’re working six 12 hours shifts in a week, there’s only so much time left in the day to do anything else. Especially in the winter, you wake up, you get to work before the sun comes up, you work a 12 hour shift, you leave, and the sun’s gone. By the time you get home, you have enough time to wash the grime off, shovel a sandwich in your mouth, and pass out. And there was nothing else except for [+]

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Strategizing with ZDoggMD

By |Dec 9, 2016|Categories: Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|Tags: |

Unless you are living under a rock, many healthcare and public media platforms are talking about the insidious problems with burnout in the health professions world. One thought leader out there is especially vocal about wellness, resiliency, and mindfulness — Dr. Zubin Damania (alter ego: ZDoggMD). For instance, do you know the difference between empathy and compassion, and why that is important to differentiate this as a clinician? We were honored to have him join the Wellness Think Tank to field questions that we peppered at him, specifically around resident wellness. [+]

    I am Dr. Ian Julie, Medical Simulation Fellowship Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

    By |Dec 3, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

    Dr. Ian Julie is an emergency physician based out of UC Davis Medical Center. He is currently an Assistant Professor of emergency medicine, Director of the Medical Simulation Fellowship, and Interim Director of UC Davis Center for Virtual Care. Dr. Julie keeps well by taking an active role to incorporate activity and make healthy choices in his daily life. His approach of “talking things out” with his patients, is a form of therapy we should try. Here’s how he stays healthy in EM! [+]

    Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Interprofessional Conflict

    By |Nov 30, 2016|Categories: Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|Tags: |

    “It’s rarely the patients that hurt me. It’s my colleagues in the hospital.” “[Interprofessional conflict] is so underappreciated as a source of stress and misery in our job. And so often in the hospital, horrible behavior is swept underneath the rug because a) there is no pathway to address this stuff and b) it’s almost seen as de rigor for certain services to act this way. “Oh it’s the surgical service, what do you expect, that’s just the way they are.” That is what ruins me … I think that is the biggest threat to wellness in my world.” –Scott [+]

    I am Dr. Catherine Varner, Emergency Physician and Clinical Scientist: How I Stay Healthy in EM

    By |Nov 26, 2016|Categories: Healthy in EM|

    Dr. Catherine Varner is an emergency physician and clinical scientist from Toronto, Canada. Being an emergency physician and a mother to two young ones, Dr. Varner’s schedule can fill up pretty quick. But despite her busy schedule, she still takes the time to take care of herself. Whether it’s tackling a running trail in the city, or exploring the forest off the beaten path, the outdoors allow her to escape from daily life. Here’s how she stays healthy in EM! [+]