Welcome new blog team member: Dr. Matt Astin

By |May 28, 2013|Categories: Life|

Welcome superstar Dr. Matt Astin to the ALiEM blog family. Matt is the Clinical Assistant Professor of EM and IM at Medical Center of Central Georgia, Mercer University School of Medicine. We’re incredibly happy here to add him as our new secret weapon in the social media and FOAM arena. After having met him in real-life at this past SAEM meeting, I can’t imagine a better fit for this team. Welcome! Follow him on Twitter: @mastinmd. Here is brief bio by Matt: […]

Maximizing Conferences through Twitter

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

Conferences are necessary. It’s how we network, exchange research ideas, and share advances in emergency medicine. The reality is that we cannot attend every conference out there because of time, money, and schedule conflicts. But thanks to Twitter, it is no longer necessary to be physically present to reap the benefits of a conference. This post lists information on how to get involved and stay involved with the Twitter conversation and learn from our great conferences without breaking your bank or schedule. […]

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How Social Media is Making an Impact in Medicine

By |May 21, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Whether you realize it or not, the use of social media (i.e. Facebook, twitter, and blogs) has found its way into the world of medical students, residents, physicians, and medical educators all around the world. The use of these resources has several advantages versus in-person/print educational tool: Overcomes physical or temporal barriers Provides searchable content Encourages interactivity […]

App Review: EMRA Basics of Emergency Medicine

By |May 6, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

The app EMRA Basics of Emergency Medicine covers the 20 most common EM complaints in a concise manner. I first heard about it from Dr. Rob Orman’s (@emergencypdx) podcast (ERCast) where he endorsed it when it was only in book format. The book is great, thin, and it fits in a white coat pocket. Here is an in-depth review of the app. […]

Writing content for social media? Protect yourself!

By |Apr 7, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

In the past few months, this blog has been successful in working with Google to remove pirating sites, which directly cut and paste all of our content (including PV cards!) directly into their own blog as their own. This broaches the greater question of disclaimers, copyright, and privacy. Last month, Dr. Steve Carroll (EM Basic) nicely summarized these issues and constructed nice language for anyone’s social media productions. In fact, with his permission, I have incorporated much of the wordings into this blog’s disclaimer section (bottom of About Us). […]

7 questions for creator of Clinical Monster: A resident-run website and blog

By |Mar 22, 2013|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

Residencies using websites to communicate with their residents are certainly not a new phenomenon. However, usually they are not visually appealing, rarely are controlled by the residents themselves, and are infrequently updated. Resident-run blogs are also not usually part of these websites. In this write up, I wanted to highlight a fantastic and dynamic resident-run website and blog: ClinicalMonster.com  […]

Welcome new blog team member: Dr. Salim Rezaie

By |Mar 13, 2013|Categories: Life|

Please help me welcome Dr. Salim Rezaie, a star from the academic world of Emergency Medicine! I have been secretly stalking him on Twitter and finally found an opportunity to meet him and recruit him onto the ALiEM blog team while at the recent Council of Residency Directors (CORD) for EM annual conference.   […]

Need your input! PV cards becoming an app

By |Mar 12, 2013|Categories: ALiEM Cards, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

It’s all about luck, opportunity, and timing. I will be releasing the blog’s first ever Paucis Verbis (PV) native app this year. After a few years of brainstorming and lots of reader inquiries about an app, we were approached by two different app-building companies in the same week. I’m incredibly humbled to be approached by organizations, who can see the potential of these pocket cards (which started as actual index cards while I was in residency). It is an incredibly exciting time to be in the world of education and social media! I need your help with step 1. [...]

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Built a 20-person worldwide educator panel in two hours

By |Feb 28, 2013|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts to an enthusiastic crowd of UCSF preclinical medical students on one of my favorite topics “Technology and Social Media in Emergency Medicine”. This is the perfect target audience to teach about developing a workflow habit for keeping up with digital information, since they are only starting to grow their clinical knowledge foundation. On the morning of my noon talk, I regretted not recruiting some fellow FOAMed (Free Open Access Meducation) supporters to email me their thoughts about why social media is here to stay in medical education. How great would it have been to [...]