Counterpoint: Chunking ...

By Teresa Chan, MD    |    Peer-reviewed by Brent Thoma, MD Lately, I’ve been pondering about the role of mnemonics. Join me as I wax philosophical and dig into the education theory behind why we’re tempted by these tiny packages of information.   Why am I thinking about...

Advice for New Medical ...

If you follow BoringEM you may have noticed that there has not been as much new content lately. While I plan to continue writing and occasionally hosting content from other Canadian writers, the frequency of my posts on this site will be decreasing to ~1 per month.  After 70,000 hits in...

#EMConf: Sharing EM res...

Those of you that are on twitter may have noticed a flurry of tweets with the hashtag #EMConf. This initiative (that is best outlined by Nikita Joshi of ALiEM here) has the noble goal of sharing pearls from the academic sessions (variably called “Conference” “Academic...

Diagnostic Statistics f...

A few weeks ago I was tweeting about the excellent Statistics in Medicine MOOC offered by Kristin Sainani of Stanford University when Ernesto asked: @BoringEM how do you find this as a resident? Is statistics a gap in your training? #justcurious — Ernesto (@DilettanteMD) July 22, 2013...

Tweeting and Medicine: ...

By Teresa Chan, MD    |    Peer-reviewed by Brent Thoma, MD Dr. Christopher Labos (@drlabos) has confessed his hate for Twitter.  I would like to confess that I have fallen in love with it. Once again I find myself with a contrary opinion – I think tweeting and medicine go hand in...

Not Dumber, but Differe...

This evening I read the article Dumber Doctors on the blog Glass Hospital and just had to respond. John Schumann concludes his article stating: One concern that has a ring of truth to it is that young doctors have become great “looker-uppers,” and have lost the sense of what it’s like to...

The Social Media Index ...

As promised last week, I have put together a pilot Social Media Index (SM-Index) for free open-access medical education (FOAM) websites. There were 25 sites included within this analysis. They were selected from the sites that I frequent as well as anyone that volunteered their site when...

Educational Scholarship...

I recently asked a prominent EM researcher “Does FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) have academic value?” I don’t need to paraphrase his answer as it was quite concise: “No.” While he was elegant in his bluntness, you will probably not be surprised to hear...