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Blending Learning

This TEDx video features Dr. Joseph Kim discussing his recommendation for improving the relationship between teacher and learner. ¬†While his talk is geared towards undergraduate university teaching, there are several pearls for medical teachers. In order to improve teaching, he points out that we need to: 1. Structure courses to take advantage of technology: This […]

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 […]

The Microskills

It’s a typical Saturday night in the department.  You’re busy.  I mean really busy; the “too busy to make a run to the bathroom and empty your overly distended bladder” busy.  Your resident comes up to you with their next patient.  At first, you think of just hearing out the chief complaint, telling them what […]

Teaching Residents Soft Skills

Professionalism.  Communication.  Empathy.  Skills needed for all physicians.  Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of everyday work and the “do more in less time” mentality that pervades our practice, relationship skills are often overlooked or frankly ignored.   If one was to look at the satisfaction with practice in emergency medicine, they would find a […]

Finding a Niche

What is a niche and how do you find it? In academic emergency medicine, faculty often have areas of “interest.” The topics covered are as broad as the practice of emergency medicine. I have to admit that nailing my interest down to one of two topics has been near impossible until recently. I’ve always been […]