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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...