Discussing Annals EM article: Social Media and Physician Learning

By |Nov 5, 2013|Categories: Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

I was delighted to see the News and Perspectives piece in this month’s Annals of Emergency Medicine about “Social Media and Physician Learning” (free PDF). I had totally forgotten that Jan Greene, the author, had called to talk with me several months ago. In the piece, she discusses many of the issues with which I struggle: Is peer review good or bad? What is the role of blog and podcast sites in the future of medical education? With the ease of how anyone can be “published” on blogs, how can one decide on the trustworthiness of open educational resources such [...]

Dear Program Director: Get your program on Twitter!

By |Oct 25, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Dear Program Directors, I understand how tough it can be to come up with quality resident education to fulfill educational requirements on a weekly basis all year around. For most programs that is approximately 5 hours of conference material, once a week, pretty much every week of the year. That equals 260 hours of educational material that needs to be high yield, engaging, and entertaining enough to hold the attention of the millennial generation. This is an especially daunting task if tackled alone. So don’t do this alone! Start a program-wide Twitter account! […]

Powerpoint Slide Redesign: Best Examples from IEMTC13 Workshop

By |Oct 24, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

At the 2013 International EM Teaching Course yesterday, Dr. Stacey Poznanski and I gave a workshop on “Powerpoint Resuscitation” to address all the widespread pitfalls which cause “death by powerpoint”. Here are the winners from the workshop competition, illustrating great examples of the coherence, redundancy, and multimedia principles that we reviewed. The slide examples are in pairs in a before-workshop and after-workshop format. Amazing what star educators can get done in a 60 minute workshop! […]

Need your valued input: Funding stream strategy for ALiEM

By |Sep 25, 2013|Categories: Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

Over the past 4+ years, ALiEM has grown to be an exciting educational blog which focuses on the clinical, educational, and academic aspects of emergency medicine. It has far exceeded any of my expectations and has been an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience for me personally. Since its inception, the site has transitioned from a single-author site to a site with a superstar team of authors who cover a diverse range of clinical (e.g. cardiovascular, critical care, geriatric EM, pharmacology) and educational (book club, MEdiC series, educational pedagogies) content as well as an expert peer-review system. As now the blog’s [...]

5 Rules To Guide Your Approach to Learning in Social Media

By |Sep 18, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Blogs, podcasts, and other social media platforms in medical education, known collectively as Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM), are becoming increasingly popular and integrated into daily learning habits. Through various push technologies, these resources come to you in the form of RSS feeds, podcast tools, and other apps. Do you have a mental checklist to help you determine whether the content is trustworthy and accurate? How do you process the information from FOAM sites? […]

Is FOAM to blame when a medical error occurs?

By |Sep 17, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

What if a resident-physician attempted a technique she read on a blog or listened to on a podcast, but the procedure didn’t go as planned and the patient was harmed? Is Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) to blame for medical errors? What about the blog site? If the site has a disclaimer (like most medical databases), is it enough to limit liability? These are challenging questions, but ones that deserve discussion, especially in light of the recent post on St. Emlyn’s blog about a theoretical scenario just like this. […]

Residencies Embrace Twitter: An Educational Movement

By |Sep 10, 2013|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

The movement of FOAM and #FOAMed may have started in a pub in Dublin in 2012, but it has become legitimized through widespread acceptance. Residencies are also catching onto the idea and eager to collaborate through social media, in particular Twitter. This is evidenced by the use of Twitter accounts on #EMConf as a way to collect educational learning pearls garnered weekly at resident conferences. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch […]

The Public Health Model: A Primer for Emergency Care Providers

By |Sep 9, 2013|Categories: Public Health|

What is “Public Health”? According to the World Health Organization, ”Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases.” […]

Introducing Open, Post-Publication, Expert Peer Review on ALiEM

By |Sep 3, 2013|Categories: Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Social Media & Tech|

Today, we are busting open the concept of peer review for publications on blogs! The peer review process has been criticized for its flaws, but is universally accepted as a necessary part of the scientific process. Peer reviewing allows experts in a field to determine the validity of a study or an article so that those of us who are less expert can reap the benefits of their knowledge. Until recently this process was almost universally pre-publication and anonymous.  Authors would go through months of review and revision based on feedback of experts whose name they didn’t even know. In the [...]

Welcome ALiEM Resident Editor Dr. Natalie Desouza

By |Sep 3, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

There are many things that print journals do well. One of the best ideas that I have seen from the Annals of Emergency Medicine is the unique idea of having a Resident Editor on the executive team. This provides the resident exposure to the behind-the-scenes operational processes of running a journal under a mentored environment. Similarly, ALiEM has experienced such rapid growth in the past year with the addition of amazing regular bloggers that we are ready to welcome our first Resident Editor Dr. Natalie Desouza (UCSF-SFGH EM senior resident).  […]