Friday, October 16, 2020

When Do Things in Medicine Start to Become Common Knowledge?

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Author: Shaughnelene D. Smith, BSc (Hons); Eddie K. Maybury, BSc
Originally published: Common Sense
September/October 2020

Several weeks ago, I finished my first year of medical school and began the arborous drive from Kansas City, Missouri, to California for a summer research position. When I was just six minutes away from my destination, my car of 21 years decided to break down. It is important to note that I am studying in the United States as an international student from Canada, and despite growing up as a neighbor from the north, much of the U.S. and its various systems are foreign to me.

As midnight approached and the smoke started billowing out of the front bonnet, I found myself pulling off to the side of the road in a city unfamiliar to myself. I quickly took all the essential paperwork from my vehicle – F1-student visa, passport, insurance papers – and found a rock a safe distance away, where I proceeded to call my parents and quickly realized how clueless I was in navigating what to do next.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

“Zooming” into a New Era of Clinical Education

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Author: Alexandria Gregory, MD 
Originally published: Common Sense
September/October 2020

If your residency is like most programs, your pre-COVID didactics likely consisted of several hours of in-person conference once a week. That common, traditional way of learning has been turned upside down with the need for social distancing, and most programs have transitioned to virtual conferences. As the reality of COVID persists, it is important to continuously evaluate the effectiveness of virtual learning. Furthermore, in planning for a post-COVID era, it will be beneficial to determine whether virtual learning remains a valid, effective teaching technique despite being able to meet in-person.

To understand how virtual learning affects curriculum design, it is important to start by breaking down what, in general, emergency medicine residency curriculum looks like. Most programs include the following in some fashion: 




  • Core Topics
  • Small-Group Sessions/Problem-Based learning
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)/Radiology Interpretation
  • Morbidity and Mortality/Case Presentations
  • Journal Club
  • Ultrasound
  • Grand Rounds
  • Simulation/Procedure Lab
  • Oral Board Review
  • Asynchronous Learning