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SGEM Xtra: Eight Days a Week

SGEM Xtra: Eight Days a Week
Date: January 26th, 2018

Happy New Years again SGEMers. This is just a quick SGEM Xtra episode to let you know what I am going to be trying to do in 2018 to help you cut the knowledge translation (KT) window down from over ten years to less than one year. It involves following a weekly schedule of social media interaction.


Weekly SGEM Schedule


23ex3uSaturday/Sunday SGEM: A new episodes of the SGEM will be posted most Saturdays or Sundays depending on my schedule. The blog will be about 2,ooo words in length that you can read while drinking your morning coffee. Or you can listen to the 20-30 minute podcast on iTunes while working out or turn your car into a classroom while traveling to your next shift. The ultimate goal of the SGEM cutting the KT window down is for you to provide patients with the best care, based on the best evidence. We also want you to learn some nerdy critical appraisal skills in the process. But remember to skeptical, even of the SGEM.



23exexMeme Mondays: A meme will be posted on Mondays summarizing the paper reviewed. Merriam-Webster defines a meme as “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.”  The term meme was coined by Dr. Richard Dawkins in book the Selfish Gene published in 1976. SGEMers will also be challenged to come up with a meme that delivers a key message related to the publication. Demonstrate your creativity and sense of humour by posting the meme to the SGEM blog or on Twitter. Here are a couple of websites to help you create your own meme (Meme Generator and Meme Maker).


twitterTwitter Poll Tuesdays: A Twitter poll will be posted on Tuesdays with a question connected to the paper reviewed. If you are not on Twitter consider signing up and following the SGEM. Voting will be open for 24 hours. Have your voice heard and vote on the SGEM Twitter poll.

What’s the Results Wednesdays: The results of the SGEM Twitter poll will be posted on Wednesdays to the blog, Twitter and on the SGEM Facebook page. See how your vote compares to other SGEMers and provide comments. How would you interpret the poll results?


PaperinapicThousand Word Thursdays: On Thursdays, a PaperinaPic created by the amazing Kirsty Challen will be uploaded. She takes the paper we have critically appraised and summarizes it into an infographic. We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words (Tess Flanders). Consider this infographic spaced repetition and an opportunity to digest the information visually rather than reading the SGEM blog or listen ing to the SGEM podcast on iTunes.


flipped-classroom1Flipping the SGEM Friday: The next paper to be reviewed on the SGEM will be announced on Fridays as part of flipping the classroom philosophy. Take a look at the abstract and get ready for the new SGEM episode. To make it even more interactive, try and guess what the theme music will be (something from the 80’s is always a good guess).

That’s all for this SGEM Xtra. Please take the time to follow the SGEM on Twitter, like the SGEM on Facebook and leave a glowing review on iTunes.

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.