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Reading from the Silver Linings Playbook: The ALiEM Connect Project

by Christian Rose, MD
Apr 26, 2021
It feels like yesterday that we were sheltered-in-place, staring at our computers, wondering, “So now what?”  As COVID-19 paused all in-person educ...
Tactical Medicine News

Social Distancing Simulation: Tips for Leading a Virtual Session With Student Learners

We’ve all had to get a bit creative over the past few weeks. COVID-19 has ushered in an era of not only pushing healthcare workers and hospitals i...
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Thriving, Not Surviving, in Residency: JGME-ALiEM Hot Topics in Medical Education Journal Club

This year’s JGME-ALiEM Hot Topics in Medical Education journal club features the systematic review on residency wellness recently published in the ...
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ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator Must Read EM Journal Articles – 2016 Edition

In November 2013, the blog post 52 Articles in 52 weeks: Landmark EM Articles for EM interns was published on the ALiEM site. Over the subsequent y...
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The McMAP Project | #FOAMed Assessment Resources

For all you medical education folks out there, you will know that learner assessment is a really hot topic these days. Competency-based medical edu...
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Duarte meets #FOAMed: How I learned that we can give better presentations

What medical educator does not dream of improving their lecturing skills?  As a junior faculty member, I aspire to constantly challenge myself to d...
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Assessment in medical education: Finding the signal in the noise

This past December it was reported in the Harvard Crimson that the median grade at their prestigious University was an A-.1 A flood of articles fol...
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Clinician Educator: The agent for change in medical education

Some people consider teaching and learning much more difficult than rocket science. 1 Teaching and learning is such a complex process that researc...
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Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI): Annals of EM Resident Perspective article

We are very excited this month to bring you our first ALiEM-Annals Resident’s Perspective discussion. Similar to the ALiEM-Annals Global EM Journal...
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What makes a good clinical educator?

In this constantly evolving world of learner competencies, assessments, and milestones often is forgotten the important role of clinical teachers....
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Motivation and Self Determination Theory

Motivation is one of those important elements in our personalities that helps us have a drive for improvement. Motivation can come in two flavors i...
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EM-IM Residency Training: Is 5 Years Worth It?

As a new member of the ALiEM team, I am joining Dr. Salim Rezaie as the second member to be board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Interna...
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Improving Consultation Communication Skills

Talking to colleagues is an essential skill especially as we advocate for our patients. We should not only know what’s going on with our patients,...
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10 Tips to Success as a Junior Faculty in Academic Medicine

As I am getting into my 3rd year of practice as a faculty in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, I have begun to wish I had a better fram...
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A Tea-Steeping or i-Doc Model for Medical Education?

There was a great article written by Dr. Brian Hodges (@BDHodges1) and published in Academic Medicine1 in 2010. Dr. Cunningham (@amcunningham) pro...
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Andragogy: How adults learn best

Andragogy refers to learning strategies which help adults to learn more effectively. It is a term that was first used by Alexander Kapp in 1833 an...
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Hot off the press: Academic EM journal abstracts in Spanish

La revista Academic Emergency Medicine ha creado una nueva función en su página web en la cual todos los  resúmenes de los articulos seran traduci...
Tactical Medicine News

The 3-minute EM student presentation

One of the most helpful articles I’ve encountered on teaching oral clinical presentations in the ED is a paper from Academic EM in 2008. It summari...
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Article review: New assessment method for medical students – A Script Concordance Test

What different ways can we assess learners? This fascinating study assesses a new tool – Script Concordance Test (SCT).   Assessing clinical rea...
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Article review: Evaluating your written evaluation of a learner

As a new faculty, one of the first challenges that I encountered was completing evaluation forms for medical students and residents. In our departm...
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Article Review: Performing a database search

At the end of each Academic Medicine journal issue, there is a great “last page” one-page teaching point in medical education research. There’s no ...
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Article review: Message for new generation of educators

An interesting article was published in Medical Education which you don’t see too often in journals. It’s a first-person reflective account of Dr....
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Article Review: Redesigning a Powerpoint lecture using multimedia design principles

Let’s rethink how we design our Powerpoint slides. Let’s create design principles using Mayer’s cognitive theory of multimedia learning. Cognitive ...
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Article review: Carnegie’s vision for medical education

In 2010, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching published recommendations for the future reform of medical education. This same Ca...
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Article review: Professionalism in the ED through the eyes of medical students

Teaching professionalism in a formal curriculum is so much different than demonstrating professionalism in the Emergency Department. So much of wha...
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Article review: Inconvenient truths about effective teaching

  At the CDEM meeting during the SAEM national meeting this past week, the keynote speaker (Dr. Charles Hatem from Harvard) mentioned a great edito...
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Article review: Improving case presentations with theater training

"To be or not to be?" What could be more strange on a medical school curriculum than a theater training course? The authors of this study in Medica...
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Article review: Clinician attitudes about commercial support of CME

  Did you know that a cup of coffee can cost over $9… when planning a CME conference? In an interesting survey-based publication by Dr. Tabas (one ...
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Article review: Teaching learners about ‘difficult’ patients

Your capable resident comes to you, looking frustrated. He says, ‘What a difficult patient. I think you need to get involved.’ This article provid...
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Article review: What’s wrong with self-guided learning?

There is a constant tug-of-war between self-guided learning and supervised learning. With the advances in technology for medical education such as...
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Article Review: Medical education can learn from the neurobiology of learning

The brain is a mysterious thing. How do we learn? Can we apply what we know about the neurobiology and sociology of learning towards medical educat...
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Article Review: Role of instructional technologies in medical education

A conference called "A 2020 Vision of Faculty Development Across the Medical Education Continuum" was held at Baylor College of Medicine in 2010. A...
Tactical Medicine News

Article Review: Barriers to effective teaching

I think there is no better or more rewarding job than being an educator, especially in the field of Medicine. There are, however, significant fina...
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Article Review: Emergency physicians interruptions

What exactly do ED attendings do on shift?  This novel prospective, time-motion study tracks the activities of ED attendings at 2 academic and 2 co...
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Article Review: Professionalism of physicians on Twitter

  In a Research Letter in JAMA, Dr. Chretien et al describe the profile of physicians in the Twitter universe, specifically focusing on professiona...
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Article review: How competent do trainees feel?

It is 2 a.m. You, the resident, have just spoken to your staff/attending, who told you to do a task. You have seen one, but don’t feel comfortable...
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Article Review: Online curriculum for non-EM residents in the ED

  In many academic Emergency Departments, there are “off-service” or non-EM residents rotating in the department. They are sometimes invited to the...
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Article review: Academic professional bankruptcy

In academia, faculty are expected to do it all– clinical care, bedside teaching, formal didactics, scholarly work, and administrative projects. Ask...
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Article review: Consensus methodologies in qualitative research

What types of methodologies are used to develop a consensus statement? I’m in the midst of helping to write a consensus statement manuscript in ed...
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Article review: Coaching in emergency medicine

  After a chaotic shift, you and your learner sit down to complete the daily evaluation card. There are no significant issues with the learner. Is ...
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Article review: Pitfalls in writing test questions

Which is the best answer? A. Yes B. No C. Maybe D. 2 of the 3 above E. None of the above Wait, what?! What a terribly written test question!
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Article review: Inaccuracy in the SLOR

Residency interview season is quickly approaching! Unique to the field of EM, letters of recommendations from EM faculty are written on a standar...
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Article review: EM in medical schools

Similar to JAMA, which publishes an annual publication focusing on Medical Education, the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) journal just published ...
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Article review: Importance of first clinical clerkship

What was your first clinical clerkship rotation? Oddly, I started my third year with a sub-internship rotation on the Burn/Plastics service as my f...
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What is "contextualizing" patient care?

Medicine is as much about Science as it is about Art. This is no better illustrated than an educational intervention study about “contextualizing” ...
Tactical Medicine News

Article Review: Student documentation in the chart

Do you have medical students rotating in your Emergency Department? Are they allowed to document in the medical record? Charting in the medical re...
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Article Review: Rethinking the premed requirements

Think back to your college years. Remember those premed courses that you had to take? Biology, chemistry, physics… oh my. How helpful were these in...
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Article Review: Use of Effective Questioning

Asking effective questions is a valuable skill for any teacher. As a junior faculty member working to improve my teaching, I’m often in awe of my m...
Tactical Medicine News

Article Review: Premature diagnostic closure

You are taking care of a patient, who frequently presents to the ED for polysubstance use. You are pretty sure his altered mental status is from po...
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Article Review: What do EM learners want from teachers?

Evaluations of clinical faculty typically incorporate comments from rotating medical students and residents regarding their teaching ability. In th...
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