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Better Consultations

A while back a reader asked the following question: “How do you get them to buy in? as a resident in a surgical specialty, I’d love the EM residents to give better referrals, but often they want nothing more than to sell the patient and move the meat.” This immediately made me think of a […]

A Practical Checklist?

It seems like checklists are the “in” thing in patient safety right now.  It makes sense; follow this list of things and you won’t hurt patients.  The problem is, they only work when you use them.   While doing some background research on checklists in prehospital settings, I found this gem in the open access […]

So You Want More Feedback?

Learners, do you want the truth?  Can you handle the truth?  In order to receive better feedback from your teachers, you need to take an active part in the process.  Here’s how: 1. Remember that not all feedback is positive.  You need demonstrate a higher level of maturity and self awareness in order to improve. […]

Failing at Feedback?

In the last post, we discussed a some background and general tips on feedback, focusing on the  seminal article by Jack Ende, MD.  Unfortunately, despite all of the hype and hoopla surrounding feedback skills, learners still complain about not receiving enough feedback. Problems with feedback identified in some studies include: Too teacher-centeredToo much positive skewLow […]

Becoming a Better Mentor

Mentor and Telmachus, son of Odysseus Mentoring has been identified as a critical factor in achieving success in many fields.  Unfortunately, like many skills related to the education of healthcare professionals, mentors rarely receive any training in how to become a better mentor. This is unfortunate.  Faculty who have had an effective mentor report the […]

Toxic People

Do you ever have to work with people that just drain the life out of you?  I’m not referring to patients, but to those colleagues and consultants that you have to deal with on a daily basis.  I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture given by Marsha Petrie Sue, author of […]