With the COVID-19 pandemic underway, residencies and educators across the country are suddenly wondering how to structure didactics and conference time to be remote. ALiEM.com has long been a leader in remote teams, and we hope to give guidance and resources to anyone who needs it during this time. Come check back regularly to this page as we live update the best in both archived content as well as new content in the light of a rapidly progressing situation.
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Due to #covid19 many teaching hospitals are trialing virtual conference for weekly didactics. Below are speakers who have stated they would be interested in virtual speaking to fill education gaps that our conferences may have. ALiEM is compiling a list real time, feel free to reach out below directly if you’re interested in what they have to say!
Speaker Nomination Form: To nominate yourself or a colleague for a remote talk, apply here!
Resources for Running Live Sessions
- ALiEM: SplintER Series
- Orthopedics cases
- Foundations of Emergency Medicine: Virtual FoEM
- Free curricular resources (100+ hours) including core content differentiated by learner level (Foundations I-III), EKG & Imaging courses.
- Complete “Interest Form” for access to Leadership Resources menu
- See link above and course pages for strategic modification for virtual conference
- Email [email protected] for support as needed
- EM Fundamentals
This area is still rapidly evolving. In addition to checking this page, check for updates regarding new resource development from these organizations:
Individualized Interactive Instruction (III)
Interactive Instruction (III). Many programs already have systems in place for III, however current circumstances may call for an increased use of this method of instruction. While many educational resources may be used for III, ALiEMU is a free and well-suited platform for this purpose. Links to multiple ALiEMU series are included below, as well as the CORD Education Committee’s publication on best practices for using III.
CORD Best Practices
- Individualized Interactive Instruction: A Guide to Best Practices from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors
Asynchronous Learning Resources
There are dozens of high-quality resources for asynchronous learning available. This is just a small sample of resources from our organizations and is not meant as a comprehensive list.
- Foundations of EM
- EM Fundamentals
If there are additional resources that we have missed, please contact us at [email protected].
Our #REMOTE Series
Providing content is great, but learner assessment is crucial in order to measure educational impact. Digital assessment is valid and reliable; it allows for multiple evaluations and gives learners the opportunity to actively participate in the educational process. Testing for most types of summative and formative evaluations can be done digitally. In this post, we describe the most suitable and reliable tools for assessing learners remotely. […]
A significant portion of the technology industry is built around social media and asynchronous chat platforms that seek to connect people. Modern tools are designed with the intention to maximize engagement with push notifications, engagements, and emoji/like integrations that maximize the “dopamine rush” for users; “social media addiction” is a known phenomenon. These tools, when repurposed for learning, provide an easy and user-friendly platform for learners to discuss educational objectives. Chats are the quickest communication form, occurring in [...]
Although you can still use technologies like Zoom or Webex to conduct small group meetings, residency programs may find it prudent to stick to known platforms rather than trying to upskill a large group of faculty and trainees. This is where technologies like Skype and Google Meets (which is the reinvented version of Google Hangouts) can come in. Of note, Google has recently announced that they have made their usually paywalled platform (Google Meet) free during the age of [...]
Recording your content so it can be broadcasted, also called live streaming, can be helpful if you want to reach your audience in real-time. Recording your content for later viewing is useful for trainees who may be clinically unable to attend (they are working, they are post-nights, etc..) or for faculty who are unavailable too. (link to prior ALiEM videos). It’s also a way to double-dip this COVID-19 catastrophe into the generation of a more enduring product of digital [...]
As programs face unprecedented pressure to protect learners via social distancing, many will turn to video as their preferred method to continue delivering educational content. The need to do this in “real-time” makes conferencing applications an obvious choice for content delivery. Programs may already be familiar with this technology for conference calls, further lowering the bar for early adoption. Studies demonstrate the educational content via live video is at least as effective as a live lecture . Further, they [...]
With the arrival of SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) in North America, programs are facing the need to reconsider how they deliver didactic education to their learners. The ACGME only allows for 20% of the curriculum to be delivered in an asynchronous fashion. The remainder is delivered through traditional didactic means, including “small-group sessions, such as break-out groups, serially repeated conference sessions, practicum sessions, or large-group planned educational activities.” With mandatory social distancing likely to become standard practice, we present multiple solutions [...]