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7 01, 2019

The ALiEM Faculty Incubator: Going Further Together

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

The ALiEM Faculty Incubator continues to be an amazing online community of practice for medical educators interested in taking their game to the next level. By helping participants acquire new knowledge and essential tools for scholarship and engagement, Faculty Incubator members have collaborated to create tons of innovative medical education resources for the education community at large. Since they’re coming so fast and furious (and life is busy!), we know there’s a chance you might have missed some of them. We’re highlighting them below to share the awesome productivity!

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31 12, 2018

ALiEM Annual Report 2018: Making a Difference Through Teamwork

2019-01-02T11:18:02+00:00

As 2018 draws to a close, we are continually inspired and impressed by the collective online movement to advance health professions education. The ALiEM organization has grown over the years to realize that this can only be done in a sustainable fashion through collaborative, virtually-based teams. This 2018 ALiEM Annual Report highlights what is possible when you have nimble, innovative, passionately focused team members tackling a common problem. We have discovered that you usually do not need large hierarchical, permission-based team structures, but rather the opposite. We are excited to share what we have in store for 2019!

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21 12, 2018

HOT OFF THE PRESS | Free ALiEM MEdIC Series Book, Volume 4

2018-12-20T21:19:35+00:00

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.

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19 12, 2018

SAEM Research Learning Series: Trying to Avoid and Handling Grant Rejection

2018-12-18T17:46:07+00:00

grant rejectionIn this podcast episode of the SAEM Research Learning Series, Drs. Mary and Nate Haas interview Dr. Rob Ehrman, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State School of Medicine. Dr. Ehrman is a prolific researcher on the effects of sepsis on cardiac function. Take a listen to this 18-minute podcast filled with practical tips on trying to avoid and handling a research grant rejection.

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17 12, 2018

2018 ACEP Clinical Policy for Patients with Suspected Non-ST Elevation ACS

2018-12-17T13:39:50+00:00

ACEP Clinical Policy 2018: Non ST Elevation ACSA patient presents to your ED with an all too common complaint – chest pain. After a focused history and physical exam, you have an extremely low clinical suspicion for thoracic aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, pneumothorax, pericarditis/myocarditis, and Boerhaave’s syndrome. When the labs (including a troponin), an ECG, and chest x-ray yield normal results, questions often arise. Can you discharge her with a single troponin if she is low risk? How do you define low risk? And lastly, does she need urgent provocative testing after discharge?

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16 12, 2018

I am Dr. Christine Kulstad, Co-Clerkship Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

2018-12-09T18:33:39+00:00

Dr. Christine Kulstad is an emergency physician and Emergency Medicine Co-Clerkship Director at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. She maintains a sense of balance  by keeping fit, eating right, and making time for her family and friends. Her advice on staying focused is something we could all try. Here’s how she stays healthy in EM!

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15 12, 2018

IDEA Series Highlights JETem Innovations: A Low Cost Trainer for Neonatal Umbilical Catheterization

2018-12-14T19:46:41+00:00

The Problem

Idea Series LogoAlthough umbilical catheterization can be a lifesaving technique in the emergent management of a critically ill neonate, it is performed infrequently in the ED.1 Simulation has emerged as a key teaching modality for residents to gain both proficiency and competency with this important procedure.2,3 Commercially available umbilical catheterization models are available, but costly, and often require an expensive investment (over $1,000 for a single trainer).4 This expense may discourage residency programs from acquiring the trainer and offering it to learners. In an effort to minimize this barrier to learning, a team from Kings County Hospital “home built” their own umbilical catheterization model. Their work was recently published in the Journal of Education and Teaching Emergency Medicine (JETem), and the ALiEM IDEA Series is proud to have recently teamed up with this journal to periodically share their innovations with our readership!

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