Video: Crash course on Prezi

By |Feb 27, 2012|Categories: Social Media & Tech|Tags: , | Dr. Rob Rogers has started a great series of videos which highlight resources and tools which medical educators may find useful and innovative. This video takes you on a guided tour through making a Prezi presentation. Although I am still torn about using Prezi as a delivery tool because of the excessive motion-based transitions, I do like such features as: Really professional looking templates The presentations can live online and/or on your desktop Ability to easily embed videos Ability to see your entire presentation on the canvas Allows more flexibility in content delivery It just looks cool. You can [...]

Blog Incubator Experiment: Be the next big thing in blogging

By |Jan 7, 2012|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

There are many health and technology incubators out there, which help to build start-up companies into thriving and profitable organizations. Why can’t we do this for those who are thinking about starting a blog? In 2009 when I was thinking about starting the blog, I had lots of support and encouragement. I slowly grew my readership by word-of-mouth and things really got going when the folks over at Life in the Fast Lane, Poison Review, EMCrit, and so many more graciously pointed their readers toward my site.  […]

  • Ask The Audience

Crowdsourcing all of your burning questions about EM

By |Nov 21, 2011|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Have you noticed that on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, asking the audience as a lifeline almost always results in the right answer (over 90% of the time)? Dr. David Thorisson (Lund University, Scandinavia) recently approached me with a novel idea of doing the same for Emergency Medicine questions. These questions are currently posted to a public Google Docs document, which allows anyone to post and answer questions. […]

  • Google Hangout

G-Advising: Using Google Hangout to advise medical students

By |Oct 26, 2011|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

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. […]

  • Old school New school

Brief survey: Need your help with my promotions!

By |Sep 7, 2011|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

With 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. […]

  • Tuesday Friday

The future of the ALiEM blog

By |Aug 15, 2011|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

  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 [...]

TED Video: A lesson from spaghetti sauce on appreciating diversity

By |Aug 11, 2011|Categories: Life|Tags: , |

One size does not fit all. This is the crux of Malcolm Gladwell’s 18-minute talk. He gave this talk just before his book “Blink” went huge. He makes an eloquent argument for the nature of choice and happiness. There is no one perfect spaghetti sauce that fits everyone. There is no one perfect Pepsi which everyone likes. […]