Video: Dr. Eric Mazur on peer teaching

“My lecturing was ineffective, despite the high evaluations.”
“The traditional approach to teaching reduces education to a transfer of information.”
– Dr. Eric Mazur

Dr. Eric Mazur is a Harvard Professor of Physics and Applied Physics who talks about his “confessions of a converted lecturer”. He focuses on the power of peer teaching and the ineffectiveness of the traditional lecture format in a classroom.

This talk is 72 minutes long. Take some time to listen and learn. Dr. Mazur is such an engaging talk that I couldn’t stop watching. Maybe it’s because he looks a little like the comedian Steve Carell.

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By |2019-01-28T22:35:07-08:00Nov 14, 2011|Medical Education|

TED-Ed Brain Trust: Catalyzing an education revolution

ted-icon-1n27gebIf you have not heard of TED videos, I highly encourage you to view them. They are short, inspirational, and professional talks by leaders, scientists, and artists, who focus on bringing together the 3 worlds of Technology, Entertainment, and Design.

Because many of these videos focus primarily on education, TED has just built a new online community of educators called the “TED-Ed Brain Trust“. The mission is to bring together “the expertise of visionary educators, students, organizations, filmmakers and other creative professionals to guide, galvanize and ultimately lead this exciting new initiative.”

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By |2019-01-28T22:38:43-08:00Jul 19, 2011|Medical Education|

Trick of the Trade: Cunningham maneuver for shoulder dislocation

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We commonly see patients with shoulder dislocations in the Emergency Department. There are a myriad of approaches in relocating the joint, which includes scapular rotation, Snowbird, and Kocher maneuvers.

I recently stumbled upon the Cunningham technique after hearing about it from Dr. Graham Walker (of MDCalc fame) on TheCentralLine.org.

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By |2019-01-28T22:43:28-08:00Jun 22, 2011|Orthopedic, Tricks of the Trade|

Videos: The EM Eye Exam

Thanks to Dr. David Duong and Dr. Najm Haqu (UCSF) for letting me cross-post their amazing instructional video on the “EM Eye Exam”. These videos were made for the purpose of teaching senior medical students on their UCSF-SFGH EM clerkship. I thought it’d be great to share these tutorials, since the eye exam is typically a daunting task for many medical students (and residents).

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By |2019-01-28T22:49:24-08:00May 12, 2011|Ophthalmology|

School Sucks: Building a new culture of teaching and learning

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In his talk (subtitled “School Sucks”), Northwestern University Physics Professor Dr. Tae describes how he would improve math and science education. While this is directed at college studies, some of the concepts are applicable to teaching Emergency Medicine.

He shares a lot of great insight, but I wanted to focus on one concept in particular:

The secret to learning = “Work your ass off until you figure it out.” 

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By |2019-02-19T18:08:09-08:00Feb 3, 2011|Medical Education|