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We welcome ERMentor, Nadim Lalani, to CanadiEM!

In Featured, Uncategorized by Brent Thoma0 Comments

Dr. Nadim Lalani has been a member of the FOAM (Free Open Access Medical education) movement longer than most. He was one of the folks around that bar table in Dublin when the term FOAM was coined and had one of the earlier websites, ERMentor.com. Back when I was a little 2nd year resident I recall him telling me about this “Life in the Fast Lane” blog that I just “had to follow.” I recall …

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Delivering a great presentation in medicine

In Education by Nadim Lalani6 Comments

It’s orientation week for our new residents in Saskatoon. As we pride ourselves on our presentation abilities at my institution, part of the transition to residency was a talk about creating a great presentation by my brilliant colleague Rob Woods. Read on to learn from his wisdom. Why do you need to give a great presentation? We’ve all gone to conference talks that make you want to sleep, only you can’t because you also feel like poking your …

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TREKK Series | Bronchiolitis Guidelines

In Guidelines, Medical Concepts by Ashley Lubberdink0 Comments

Editor’s note: This post represents a first in a series led by Drs. Ashley Lubberdink and Kaif Pardhan translating the pediatric guidelines that have been developed by TREKK (TRanslating Emergency Knowledge for Kids). For more information and further pediatric emergency medicine guidelines, please visit the TREKK website. The Case: It is a cold January morning. A 5- month old male is brought to your community ED with a 4-day history of cough and nasal …

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CAEP GeMES | Does integrating patient death within simulation favor better performance from residents?

In Great Evidence in Medical education Summary (GEMeS), National by Eliane Raymond-Dufrense0 Comments

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose” – Bill Gates  One school of thought in simulation education is that the simulated patient should never die. Instead, learners should be “rescued” before ultimate failure to prevent students from having their confidence battered by a poor outcome in simulation, which could lead to decision paralysis in a real life scenario. Another contrary line of reasoning, one of which …

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Failure to Fail Part 2: Types of Evaluation Bias

In Education by Nadim Lalani0 Comments

We know that the best way to evaluate learners is by directly observing what they do in the workplace. Unfortunately [for a variety of reasons] we do not do enough of this. In my last post I described some reasons why we sometimes fail at making appropriate judgments about failing learners. When it comes to providing feedback, there is much room for improvement.We know that feedback can be influenced by the source, the …

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Can We Reduce Lawsuits with Better Communication?

In Medical Concepts by Jesse Kellar0 Comments

One concern when practicing in the world of Emergency Medicine is fear of litigation. This fear often leads to defensive medicine practices and over-testing of our patients.1 One of the main reasons patients seek legal recourse, however, is mis-communication, and not under-testing.2–4 In primary care research, better interpersonal communication and increased time spent with patients are shown to decrease litigation risk.5 Well that’s easy, you say. Let’s spend more time with our patients, explaining our …