Coffee Fund for a Road Trip – Lessons for Healthcare

In Editorial by Edmund Kwok1 Comment

Guest post by Shawn Mondoux. Suppose that you had worked your entire life and put away savings, small amounts from each paycheck that had gone into a fund that you were accumulating over 20 or more years of work. The goal of this money was to cover the cost of a dream trip with four of your closest, most intimate friends. The four of you had been pooling your money, together and in …

How Can EM Faculty Be Better Evaluators?

In Education & Quality Improvement by Nadim Lalani4 Comments

One of my colleagues  – Dr Van De Kamp –  gave us a talk on how we can improve on our evaluations of learners. [I have taken her talk and added some of my own reflections/literature].Duff et al in 2003 illustrate: “Giving the benefit of the doubt has consequences for future mentors, students and, may ultimately, have professional consequences” This talk was quite topical as a recent publication in the New York Times …

Professionalism and I: A Controversial Publication

In Editorial, Opinion by Brent Thoma9 Comments

I was on my way home from work last night when I checked twitter. 13 mentions in an hour – that’s kind of crazy (for me anyways). What could have sparked that? It took me a second to piece together the conversation. When I did, I found that Eve Purdy, a medical student, twitter-friend and colleague of mine, had posted a link to an article that I had written more than 4 years …

Requesting Consultations using Kessler’s 5-Cs

In Medical Concepts, Tiny Tips by Nadim Lalani1 Comment

Bad consults are bad for patients. Consulting colleagues is a critical skill in Emergency Medicine. The success of a good consultation is more than simply getting the consultant to come see the patient. Rather, it’s about getting the best out of your consultant so that ultimately the patient benefits. Poor consultations not only make you look like a dork, they will also have downstream effects on how well your consultations are received for the …

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 …