It has been more than 5 years since we launched the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) Series, and we are very proud to have had 5 years of excellent engagement and participation from the FOAM audience with our interactive monthly discussions. This past year we’ve become a bit backlogged in our work… So although the MEdIC series is complete through to the 5-year mark, we still owe the world a few free e-books.

We are thrilled to announce that a compilation of the fourth MEdIC season (last year’s cases) is available for free download.

A Big Thank You

We are grateful for the safe and supportive digital space the MEdIC all those who contributed to the MEdIC community. When we first started this endeavor we did not expect it to become so amazingly successful and create such amazing dialogue. The final product for each of these cases are shared reflections on medical education that represent a truly remarkable collaboration across hierarchies and geographic borders. Thank you!

Please share the e-books from this and the previous seasons (Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3) widely. Our hope is that educators and learners will benefit from the collective wisdom. If you have used a MEdIC case in your teaching or learning, please fill out the below survey to let us know more. We are excited to learn if and how they are being used in other forums. And in case you’re wondering, the season 4 cases will be compiled into an e-book in the coming year, now that our season has wrapped up!

If you have a case that you would like to be discussed on the MEdIC forum please contact us and see the author case guidelines here. Look forward to the Season 5 e-book that will be produced in the coming year.

MEdIC Book Volume 4 Citation

McColl T, Chan TM, Luckett-Gatopoulos S, Purdy E, Eicken J, Thoma B (Eds). (2017). Medical Education in Cases: Volume 4 (1st Edition). Digital File. San Francisco, CA; Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. ISBN: 978-0-9992825-2-6.

(P.S. You may also go to our ResearchGate or iTunes to download this e-book directly.)

Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE
ALiEM Associate Editor
Emergency Physician, Hamilton
Associate Professor, McMaster University
Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, McMaster University Ontario, Canada
Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE


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