Dear BoringEM readers,
It is a dynamic time for BoringEM. We’re making some big changes as we morph into a multi-author, academic, #FOAMed blog. We hope by having a larger team it will increase our sustainability and allow us to produce high-quality content with more frequency. As such,we are in the intial stages of forming an academic advisory board for BoringEM and would like to welcome Dr. Heather Murray (of Queen’s University) as its inaugural member.
Both Brent Thoma and I have been mentored & inspired by conversations with #FOAMed greats like Michelle Lin (@M_Lin, ALiEM.com), Mike Cadogan (@sandnsurf, Life in the Fast Lane), Rob Rogers (@EM_Educator, The International Teaching Course), and Salim Rezaie (@srrezaie, REBEL EM). These folks have taught us much about the organizations required to make great #FOAMed materials. That said, we are hoping to ensure really good content for Canadians, so we are very delighted to announce that we will be forming a home-grown advisory board. Dr. Heather Murray (@HeatherM211) is the first member to sign on as a member of the BoringEM Advisory Board.
Dr. Murray is a medical educator at Queen’s University who was recently honored by the Canadian Association of Medical Education with a 2013 Certificate of Merit. She received her MD from the University of Western Ontario, completed her FRCPC in Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University, received an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa in 2002 following a 2 year fellowship in Emergency Medicine Research at the Ottawa Health Research Institute.
Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s (cross-appointment with the Department of Public Health Sciences) and serves as the Competency Lead for the Scholar Competency at the Queen’s School of Medicine as well as the Year Director for 2nd year medical students. In these roles, she has overhauled the delivery of research and evidence-based medicine training within the Queen’s School of Medicine through the implementation of two new courses and new curricular threads focused on research training, evidence-based medicine, and diagnostic reasoning. She also created and launched the Queen’s Medical Student Research Showcase.
Dr. Murray’s expertise in research and education will serve to augment our blog content immensely. We are very lucky to have her on board advising our team, occasionally contributing or editing content.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Murray to the BoringEM team.
Teresa Chan MD FRCPC
Managing Editor, BoringEM
P.S. Stay tuned for Dr. Murray’s first Counterpoint editorial will debut later this weekend as part of our #DearPreMed featured series.