Beyond the Abstract: A Return to Work Policy for New Resident Parents

By |Mar 19, 2019|Categories: Beyond the Abstract, Wellness|

More women than men entered medical school in the United States for the first time in 2017. Will this generation also set new trends in parenting during their training? One study suggests that 40% of female residents plan to have a child while in residency.1 Can our graduate medical education system withstand even a modest increase in the number of resident parents? Can your hospital? […]

Study: High Prevalence of Physician Burnout Among Emergency Medicine Residents Across the U.S.

By |Mar 16, 2019|Categories: Research, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|

In March 2017, our ALiEM Wellness Think Tank launched an ambitious initiative to try to identify the prevalence rate of U.S. emergency medicine (EM) resident burnout across the country. No study to date had been done to assess this. Amazingly we got a response from over 1,500 confirmed U.S. EM residents from 193 residency programs purely through our social media, email listservs, and Wellness Think Tank outreach efforts. We measured burnout using the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS). This 22-item MBI-HSS is the most common, validated tool used to measure burnout in healthcare professionals. [...]

Top 5 Reasons to Join the 2019-20 Chief Resident Incubator

By |Mar 10, 2019|Categories: Incubators, Social Media & Tech|

The ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator (“CRincubator”) launches its fifth class today. Every year’s class has a unique personality with wide-reaching projects. But all the chief residents share consistent characteristics – a deep dedication to resident education and wellness, a growth-minded approach to learning, and a desire for ongoing professional development. Are you an incoming chief resident in emergency medicine with a similar outlook, looking for a year-long community of your peers to share ideas with and bounce ideas off of? Want access to CRincubator alumni and respected educators in our field? Sign up early enough to attend our in-person launch [...]

IDEA Series: A Workshop to Reflect on Personal Resilience

By |Feb 12, 2019|Categories: IDEA series, Wellness|

The Problem Burnout is a well-known syndrome characterized by poor self-care, dehumanization, exhaustion, and reduced effectiveness. The study of wellness and resilience among emergency medicine (EM) providers and trainees has recently blossomed, largely as a consequence of recent tragedies of physician suicide, provider distress, and an increased awareness the impact burnout has on both personal and professional domains. While there are ongoing discussions on practices to best address burnout, methods have focused on promoting resilience, mindfulness, and provider engagement.1 […]

Winner of the 2019 ALiEM-EEM Fellowship Contest: Dr. Tim Montrief

By |Jan 31, 2019|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

After receiving numerous high-quality submissions, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) Education Fellowship contest! Dr. Tim Montrief from the Jackson Memorial/University of Miami Emergency Medicine residency program has won the blog post competition. A blinded EEM voting panel with input from ALiEM selected his winning post: Trick of the Trade: Bubble Study for Confirmation of Central Line Placement. We are thrilled to feature it today on the blog and look forward to meeting him in Las Vegas in May at the 3-day event. This weekend, we will also feature 2 other excellent [...]

Influenza Update: IDSA 2018 Guidelines Detailed Review

By |Jan 28, 2019|Categories: Guideline Review, Infectious Disease, Public Health|

Symptomatic influenza A and B infections cause worldwide morbidity and mortality every year. Annual vaccination remains the greatest prophylactic measure, but the vaccine is not 100% effective due to mismatch between the circulating and vaccine virus strains. Although most individuals will recover from influenza without incident, some specific patient populations are at high risk for severe complications. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) recently updated their clinical practice guidelines.1 We review these key updates, including recommendations on who to test, treat, and provide chemoprophylaxis. […]

Post It Pearls initiative is moving from Twitter to Instagram

By |Jan 16, 2019|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

My 2017 new year’s resolution was to create brief educational pearls on shift called Post It Pearls, which I published to Twitter. I have increasingly noticed that many of my target learners are not on Twitter. They are, however, on Instagram. So this year’s resolution is to test out how whether Post It Pearls would reach more learners and thus be more impactful on my Instagram account (@MichelleLinMD). […]

Instagram: The next frontier for ALiEM in digital education

By |Jan 15, 2019|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

For almost a decade, ALiEM has been on the forefront of digital education in emergency medicine. By leveraging the power of social media, we have been able to provide quality teaching pearls to our learners. Although we have helped to pioneer FOAMEd on Twitter and Facebook, you may have noticed our absence in your Instagram feed. Today, we are excited to announce the launch of @aliemteam on Instagram. Alongside travel photos, puppy videos, and hilarious memes, look forward to bite-sized educational morsels and a behind-the-scenes look at ALiEM. We can’t wait to share with you some of our weekly features. [...]

I am Dr. Christine Kulstad, Co-Clerkship Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |Dec 16, 2018|Categories: Healthy in EM|

Dr. Christine Kulstad is an emergency physician and Emergency Medicine Co-Clerkship Director at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. She maintains a sense of balance  by keeping fit, eating right, and making time for her family and friends. Her advice on staying focused is something we could all try. Here’s how she stays healthy in EM! […]

Submit an abstract to give a national talk: Resident Wellness Innovation Plenary Session

By |Dec 7, 2018|Categories: Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|

On behalf of the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank (WTT), we are thrilled to announce our partnership again with Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM). On May 13, 2019 during the WTT Resident Wellness Day (an EEM preday event featuring acclaimed author Dr. James Dahle of White Coat Investor fame), we also will launch the first-ever Wellness Innovation Plenary Session focusing on residency-level initiatives. This is your chance, as a resident, to give an oral presentation at a national conference. Deadline: January 7, 2019. […]