• Cordless Presenter

Essential tool for academicians: Cordless presenter

By |Jul 13, 2010|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

In academic medicine, you inevitably will need to give presentations. This may include giving lectures on clinical topics, summarizing your research findings, or presenting your meeting agenda. Usually these are displayed using a laptop and a LCD projector. Depending on the room, you may or may not be provided a cordless presenter. […]

  • One Year

Blog’s one year anniversary

By |Jun 24, 2010|Categories: Life|

The blog is already one year old! What started initially as a little educational experiment has now evolved into a potentially long-term endeavor. It was initially built as a sort of personal journal of what I’ve learned and read about in the field of academic emergency medicine and educational technologies. Now I’ve it focuses on academics, clinical emergency medicine (Paucis Verbis cards), faculty and resident development, and technologies. […]

  • Drawing

Sketchcasting on What Drives Us

By |Jun 15, 2010|Categories: Social Media & Tech|Tags: |

I recently came across a new means of online teaching and information delivery called sketchcasting. The premise isn’t new. It combines a podcast (someone speaking) with visuals (images). In sketchcasting, the images are instead someone drawing on a virtual whiteboard in real-time to convey information. I recently found a sketchcast with stop-motion and speed-up effects, which really made the presentation dynamic and super-engaging. This sketchcast by Dan Pink (Author of “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”) was created by the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). […]

  • Emergency Sign

Poll: How do you recover from a night shift?

By |May 4, 2010|Categories: Life|Tags: |

There are so many amazing things that we get to see and do as emergency physicians. We see sick, undifferentiated patients who need our help acutely. We have cool toys, such as ultrasounds. We get to do great procedures. We work on a shift-based schedule. We work in team-based fashion with fun nurses, technicians, and staff. However, one major down side is that almost all of us work some night shifts. […]

Joining the Research Blogging community

By |Apr 6, 2010|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

Yesterday, I posted a review of an Academic Medicine education article on how to prepare medical students for their clinical clerkships, based on the Kolb learning cycle model. My blog post is now also linked and searchable from the Research Blogging network at http://researchblogging.org. Thanks to Life in the Fast Lane, who told me about the site. […]

Work in progress: Poster on blogging

By |Mar 16, 2010|Categories: Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

I need your help with a project! My poster on blogging was accepted to the annual UCSF Academy of Medical Educator’s Education Day. Feelings of joy and validation were quickly followed by terror and inadequacy. In order to get my poster costs reimbursed, I have to get feedback from my co-authors and incorporate that feedback into the poster. As you can see from the poster title on top, I have no co-authors! Since you are all my virtual co-authors, I thought I’d solicit for comments and suggestions. […]

EM blogger roll call

By |Mar 9, 2010|Categories: Social Media & Tech|

How do I keep up with the information from the myriad of Emergency Medicine websites out there? Blogs, Twitter, Journals, oh my. Thanks to LifeInTheFastLane, you can check out all the current EM bloggers out there with their Twitter name and RSS feed links! I had no idea there were so many. I can appreciate how much time and effort it took to compile this list. Fantastic job, guys. […]

iPhone uses in the Emergency Department

By |Feb 18, 2010|Categories: Social Media & Tech, Tricks of the Trade|Tags: |

Occasionally, I get a rare – “Hey congrats on the article!” comment from residents or students. It’s usually in reference to my ACEP News column that comes out every 3 months on Tricks of the Trade. However, I got about 3 shout-outs in the past 2 days. How odd. Then I saw one of our office staff who was reading EM News. “Hey cool!” she said. Totally confused, I realized that I was quoted on the front page of this week’s publication about iPhone applications in EM. Many months ago, I had done a brief telephone interview with the writer. [...]