Interview Inducing Elective Behavior

In Mentorship by Brent Thoma2 Comments

  In response to my post on reference letters (The Reference Letter Triple Crown), one of my favorite bloggers Facebooked me the following request (note, she also plays the “Would you rather” game!): I would rather lick a public toilet seat than have to ask someone for a reference letter. I apparently went into the wrong profession to have that personality trait. Any tips on getting over the awkwardness?? As I’d rather she …

Would you rather misdiagnose or misdispose?

In Medical Concepts by Brent Thoma1 Comment

Over the past two weeks I have been completing a rotation focusing on the administrative aspects of the emergency department. Halfway through a shift with one of my admin mentors, the quality improvement ninja and philosopher king known to most as Dr. Mark Wahba, we played a brief game of “Would you rather?” If you have yet to be initiated, you probably need to get out more. “Would you rather?” is a party …

Injecting into the Carpal Tunnel

In Medical Concepts by Brent Thoma5 Comments

It’s been awesome working in the ED with the benefit of the knowledge gained on off-service rotations in specialties like Plastic and Orthopedic Surgery. Great learning experiences on these rotations have led to a run of success with injections into all sorts of places and have given me a desire to inject into… well… most things that there is evidence for treating with needles. Recently I’ve treated a carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve …

The Reference Letter Triple Crown

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma12 Comments

Interviews for the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) are over and they were as difficult as ever. One thing nobody appreciates on the medical student side of the CaRMS equation is how difficult it is for the programs to come up with our rank list. The applicants this year were spectacular and ranking them was more difficult than splitting hairs. Fortunately, the depth of the applicants makes us confident that we will be …

A Review of Systematic Reviews

In Knowledge Translation by Brent Thoma9 Comments

Dr. Wikipedia said that:“An understanding of systematic reviews and how to implement them in practice is becoming mandatory for all professionals involved in the delivery of health care.” And to me, the word of Wikipedia is the next best thing to the word of Weingart. As usual, I think Dr. Wikipedia is correct. Systematic reviews are where a lot of the evidence-based medicine that we aspire to practice is consolidated, and we require …

Arguments for a Journal of FOAM

In Knowledge Translation by Brent Thoma19 Comments

Over the past couple of weeks myself and others (Michelle Lin, Todd Raine, Lauren Westafer, Minh Le Cong, Javier Benítez , Simon Carley, Nadim Lalani, etc!) have tweeted, mused and, in the case of Michelle Lin, even experimented with the idea of peer-review for FOAM. My thoughts are summarized in blog posts here and here. Those posts, along with Todd Raine’s Storified version of the twitter conversation and Michelle Lin’s post on her experiment …