The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine (SGEM) is a knowledge translation (KT) project. Its goal is to shorten the KT window from about ten years down to one year. To do this it will turn traditional medical education on its head.
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The top down/didatic method of the 19th century with a older man in a white lab coat sanding in front of a lecture hall delivering in formation to an audience of medical students is over. This was replaced by the small group/problem based learning of the 20th century.
Medical education is entering another phase that uses social medial. The SGEM will use social media to deliver the most valid, reliable, and unbiased global source of currently clinically-relevant patient-centered emergency medicine information.
So rather than the trickle down KT method the SGEM will use the bubble up technique. The SGEM will empower students and residents with the latest and best evidence based medicine (EBM) information. They can download and listen to the SGEM pod cast at anytime. Then the social media aspect can foster discussion. The students will become the KT pathway to their teachers of emergency medicine. In the process the medium will become the message (Marshall McLuhan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_medium_is_the_message
Enjoy, give us feedback and remember the first rule of emergency medicine…don’t panic!
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