Introduction of a new section on Medical Education
Sir William Osler , renowned
physician and believer in bedside medical education, once stated:
“I desire no other epitaph…than
the statement that I taught medical students in the wards, as I regard this as
by far the most useful and important work I have been called upon to do.”
And with this quotation I would
like to introduce a new segment to Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. One of the most important job descriptions we have as physicians is to be a clinical instructor… while simultaneously running cardiac
arrest codes, managing agitated altered mental status patients, and avoiding
It is a tremendous task, especially
considering the multitasking, organizational, and time management skills that
are already demanded of us. However, the ED
is the perfect setting to provide medical education at levels including medical
students, residents, and junior faculty as well.
With this blog, I hope to discuss issues such as:
Bedside teaching tips
Relevant medical educational theories
large group lecturing tips
Effective use of technology, such as iPads in
providing medical education.
This section will ideally provide a forum for discussion as a place to share ideas, concepts, and successes
from other readers. Ultimately, I hope to excite
passion for medical education and to provide practical ideas for teaching.
" Oslerisms " from Life in the Fast Lane medical