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The Canadian Enhanced Competency Directory

In Mentorship by Jared Baylis0 Comments

Ever wondered how you might carve out a niche within emergency medicine? With well over 50 opportunities for fellowships and enhanced competency programs, you aren’t the only one! The journey to produce this resource began two years ago when the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Resident Section generated an initial Excel list of “fellowships” that had been pursued based on chief emergency medicine residents across the country. This was posted to CanadiEM …

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Do what you love, love what you do

In Mentorship by Brent Thoma17 Comments

Junior medical students get a lot of information from senior medical students. They have just gone through the system so it makes sense that these students would seek out their advice on everything from how to study to how to prepare for residency match. Generally, that advice is good. However, there is one statement that drives me crazy no matter what it is about. It goes something like this: You have to do THIS to get …

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CAEP FEI | EM Sim Cases

In Featured, Featured Education Innovations (FEI) by Kyla Caners0 Comments

 Asad is a third year resident. This year, he will need to start running simulation scenarios with the junior residents in his program. He finds a few old sample cases in his sim lab, but they all strike him as low quality. He wonders, is there a FOAMed resource to help?   This Feature Educational Innovation (FEI), titled “EMSimCases” was originally posted by the CAEP EWG FEI Team on February 12, 2016 and answers the question: “Is …

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CAEP GeMES | Workplace-Based Assessment Design Optimization

In Great Evidence in Medical education Summary (GEMeS) by Jeffrey Landreville0 Comments

It’s the end of another long Emergency Department shift, and Dr. Wu’s resident approaches him to complete her shift evaluation form. She had a solid shift. Dr. Wu self-admittedly finds every post-shift debrief awkward and gives his usual bland assessment (“You are right on track”) and cursory feedback (“Continue reading around cases”). Later that evening, Dr. Wu thinks about the interaction and feels a bit guilty. He wonders how he might be able …

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CAEP FEI | Beyond the PowerPoint Lecture

In Featured, Featured Education Innovations (FEI) by Isabelle Ouellet0 Comments

Han is a third year Emergency Medicine resident who can’t stand PowerPoint. Every Tuesday, he attends his full academic day from 0900-1700. Almost every lecture is a didactic PowerPoint presentation, and after a few minutes of each presentation his mind starts to wander and he finds the learning style tends to be passive, which tends to be low-yield. Surely all these smart residents can engage their audiences better!  Despite (some) appearances to the contrary, …

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CAEP GeMES | POCUS Learning Curve

In Great Evidence in Medical education Summary (GEMeS) by Kristen Weersink0 Comments

Geoff is a first year Emergency Medicine resident on his ultrasound rotation. Over the course of four weeks, he takes big steps in gaining competency in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Most of the scans he finds quite easy. However, Geoff finds the obstetrical scans particularly tricky, especially given the high implications of misinterpreted scans when ruling out ectopic pregnancy. He feels it somewhat counterintuitive that obstetrical area asks for the same number of scans compared …