Inspirational graduation speech by Conan

“Your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.”

“No specific job or career goal defines me, and it should not define you.”

— Conan O’Brien

I found this inspirational 2011 graduation speech by Conan O’Brien at Dartmouth College. It is a great mix of silly, witty, inspirational, and profound. Check it out. For those in Medicine and medical training, your dreams may change over time… and that’s ok.

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By |2019-01-28T22:36:32-08:00Jul 28, 2011|Medical Education|

Doing well as a new EM attending physician

 NewJobYou are super-excited to get your first real job as an emergency physician after residency. Then this immediately turns into a nauseating, super-terrified feeling, right?

After posting two entries to help medical students do well on their EM clerkship rotation, a commenter suggested that I provide a list of tips for doing well as a new EM attending physician. Although there is slightly variation for community versus academic faculty, many of the basic tenets hold true:

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By |2019-01-28T22:39:21-08:00Jul 14, 2011|Medical Education|

Didactic videos for rotating residents the ED

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Many academic Emergency Departments are staffed by non-EM residents. Dr. Amer Aldeen and his super-star team from Northwestern created NURRC Modules (Northwestern University Rotating Resident Curriculum). These modules allow the off-service residents, who all have different schedules, to learn key EM-based topics at their own leisure and convenience.

The positive effect of the curriculum on the off-service residents’ medical knowledge was recently published in Academic Emergency Medicine

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By |2019-01-28T23:05:54-08:00Feb 8, 2011|Medical Education|

Article Review: Online curriculum for non-EM residents in the ED

 

OnlineCurrIn many academic Emergency Departments, there are “off-service” or non-EM residents rotating in the department. They are sometimes invited to the EM residency conference series for the month. Often times though, they have too many departmental didactic events and obligations of their own that they don’t have time to attend formal EM didactics.

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:11-08:00Jan 24, 2011|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Need your help! Favorite medical apps

 

AppsSo, I volunteered to give a talk for the UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education WAAAAY back in early 2010 on “There’s an App for That:  Key Smart Phone Applications for Surviving Residency“. Somehow the lecture date has snuck up on me and it’s next Tuesday! I thought it was a small gathering, but it turns out it’s not. Plus, I keep getting school-wide emails reminding all the residents and fellows to attending!

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:13-08:00Jan 13, 2011|Social Media & Tech|

Residency interview season: Pitfalls

 

InterviewI often get asked by my advisees: “In my residency interview, what should I talk about or do to make myself more competitive?”

To help you demystify the interview process, I wanted to share with you some insights. Overall, the interview day itself helps the program put a person and personality with your online ERAS application. Similarly, you quickly get a sense of the program’s personality. In EM, the residency interview day is generally pretty laid back. Not too many crazy questions. Programs just want to get to know you. Both you and the program should be asking each other– Is this a good fit?

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:21-08:00Nov 4, 2010|Medical Education|