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Standardized Patients to Assess Resident Interpersonal Communication Skills and Professional Values Milestones

Vora, MD, et al.

It has been a challenge to assess communication and professional values Milestones in emergency medicine (EM) residents using standardized methods, as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This paper outlines an innovative method of assessing these Milestones using an established instructional method.

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Emergency Medicine Student End-of-Rotation Examinations: Where Are We Now?

Miller, MD, et al.

This review is a descriptive summary of the development of these examinations and their relevant usage and performance data. In particular, we describe how examination content was edited to affect desired changes in examination performance data and offer a model for educators seeking to develop their own examinations.

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Development of a Case-based Reading Curriculum and Its Effect on Resident Reading

Messman, MD, et al.

Textbook reading plays a foundational role in a resident’s knowledge base. Many residency programs place residents on identical reading schedules, regardless of the clinical work or rotation the resident is doing. We sought to develop a reading curriculum that takes into account the clinical work a resident is doing so their reading curriculum corresponds with their clinical work. Preliminary data suggests an increased amount of resident reading and an increased interest in reading as a result of this change to their reading curriculum.

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Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Resources in a Team-Based Learning Educational Series

Fallon, MD, et al.

We sought to develop an educational intervention whereby residents could review FOAM resources while maintaining faculty oversight. We created a novel curriculum pairing FOAM from the Academic Life in Emergence Medicine (ALiEM) Approved Instructional Resources (Air) series with a team-based learning (TBL) format. Residents have an opportunity to engage with FOAM in a structured setting with faculty input on possible practice changes. This series has been well-received by residents and appears to have increased engagement with core content material.

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Bringing the Flipped Classroom to Day 1: A Novel Didactic Curriculum for Emergency Medicine Intern Orientation

Barrie, MD, et al.

Our orientation program is designed to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate medical education by ensuring that all learners demonstrate competency on Level 1 Milestones, including medical knowledge (MK). To teach interns core medical knowledge in EM, we reformulated orientation using the flipped-classroom model by replacing lectures with small group, case-based discussions. Interns demonstrated improvement in medical knowledge through higher scores on a posttest. Evaluation survey results were also favorable for the flipped-classroom teaching format.

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Proper Applications for Surveys as a Study Methodology

Andrew W. Phillips, MD, MEd, et al.

The best use of survey methodology is to investigate human phenomena, such as emotions and opinions. These are data that are neither directly observable, nor available in documents. Moreover, a new survey instrument is only indicated when a prior instrument does not exist or is determined empirically to have insufficient validity and reliability evidence for the sampling frame of interest.

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Development and Implementation of an Emergency Medicine Podcast for Medical Students: EMIGcast

Volume 16, Issue 6, November 2015.
Andrew Lichtenheld, BS, et al.

Podcasts, episodic digital audio recordings downloaded
through web syndication or streamed online, have
been shown to be an effective instructional method in
undergraduate health professions education, and are
increasingly used for self-directed learning. Emergency
medicine (EM) has embraced podcasting: over 80% of
EM residents report listening to podcasts and a substantial
number identify podcasts as the most valuable use
of their educational time.Despite proven efficacy in
undergraduate medical education and remarkable popularity
with EM residents and attendings, there remain few EM
podcasts targeted to medical students. Given that podcast
effectiveness correlates with how well content matches the
listener needs, a podcast specific to EM-bound medical
students may optimally engage this target audience.

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Effect of a Novel Engagement Strategy Using Twitter on Test Performance

Volume 16, Issue 6, November 2015.
Amanda L. Webb, MS, et al.

Introduction: Medical educators in recent years have been using social media for more
penetrance to technologically-savvy learners. The utility of using Twitter for curriculum content
delivery has not been studied. We sought to determine if participation in a social media-based
educational supplement would improve student performance on a test of clinical images at the end
of the semester.
Methods: 116 second-year medical students were enrolled in a lecture-based clinical medicine
course, in which images of common clinical exam findings were presented. An additional, optional
assessment was performed on Twitter. Each week, a clinical presentation and physical exam image
(not covered in course lectures) were distributed via Twitter, and students were invited to guess the
exam finding or diagnosis. After the completion of the course, students were asked to participate in a
slideshow “quiz” with 24 clinical images, half from lecture and half from Twitter.
Results: We conducted a one-way analysis of variance to determine the effect Twitter participation
had on total, Twitter-only, and lecture-only scores. Twitter participation data was collected from the
end-of-course survey and was defined as submitting answers to the Twitter-only questions “all or
most of the time”, “about half of the time”, and “little or none of the time.” We found a significant
difference in overall scores (p<0.001) and in Twitter-only scores (p<0.001). There was not enough
evidence to conclude a significant difference in lecture-only scores (p=0.124). Students who
submitted answers to Twitter “all or most of the time” or “about half the time” had significantly higher
overall scores and Twitter-only scores (p<0.001 and p<0.001, respectively) than those students who
only submitted answers “little or none of the time.”
Conclusion: While students retained less information from Twitter than from traditional classroom
lecture, some retention was noted. Future research on social media in medical education would
benefit from clear control and experimental groups in settings where quantitative use of social media
could be measured. Ultimately, it is unlikely for social media to replace lecture in medical curriculum;
however, there is a reasonable role for social media as an adjunct to traditional medical education.

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Emergency Medicine is a specialty which closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence, substance abuse, and disaster preparedness and response. This journal focuses on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and conversely, how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population who seek care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.