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).

Are you as amazed as I was with the sketchcasting approach to teaching (and the creator’s incredible drawing skills)? This sketchcast nicely summarizes what drives many of us to pursue academics. We are looking for:

  • Autonomy – We get to work on innovative projects with relative autonomy.
  • Mastery – We get the opportunity to get better at what we do and teach medical students/residents what we know.
  • Purpose – We get the chance to improve the health of patients and help mold the physicians of tomorrow.
Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at https://t.co/50EapJORCa Bio: https://t.co/7v7cgJqNEn
Michelle Lin, MD