Are you Ready for Reddit?

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A Guide to Reddit: The (potential) Front Page of Social Media Medical based Education Thanks to Daniel Cabrera and Scott Kobner for this brilliant post!       What is Reddit? Reddit is one of the most popular and rapidly growing social media platforms today, with Alexa ranking it as the 36th most popular website […]

Teaching Risk Taking Behavior in Medical Education

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This post was put together by the incredibly talented and brilliant, Swami.       A 44-year-old healthy man presents with dull chest pain for 3 hours. His EKG is unremarkable. What’s his risk for acute coronary syndrome? Should he get a troponin? Two troponins? Observation and a stress test? Emergency Medicine is an inherently […]

The Importance of GRIT

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“Grit“ or “grittiness“ is a concept in education that emerged about 5-10 years ago, created by an academic research group led by Dr. Angela Duckworth.  Check out Angela’s TED talk here: Angela Duckworth. Duckworth’s targeted research audience tends to be primary and secondary education, however I think this definitely applies to medical school, residency, and other types of high level […]

The Interplay of Emotions & Learning

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Our goal should be to create a student who moves up the knowledge axis, along an “excelsior spiral that climbs the tree of knowledge” – Barry Kort Rob & Chris’ debate about whether learning styles exist (or not)  touches upon a subtle, but important point. Forcing a student to come out of their comfort zone is important […]

Neurobiology and Medical Education

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Insights from neurobiology can be applied to medical education right now. Key concepts from neurobiology that we can use include: the need for repetition reward and reinforcement visualisation active learning optimal stress avoiding fatigue avoiding multi-tasking learning styles revisiting This is explained in the brief screencast below: References Ericsson, K. Anders, and Paul Ward. “Capturing […]