Date: December 15th, 2014

Guest Skeptics: Dr. Stella Yiu. Stella is an Associated Professor at the Department of Emergency Medicine and a Distinguished Teacher at the University of Ottawa.  Her interests include resuscitation and curriculum delivery in medical education.  She is particularly keen to use social media and technology as tools to teach. Stella runs an amazing FlippedEM Classroom for the clerkship program in Ottawa.

Dr. Rob Rogers, otherwise known as Darth Educator,  runs the iTeachEM blog and podcast and director of the Teaching Course. Along with a good friend, Dr. Salim Rezaie, started an educational think tank called the Teaching Institute. Rob is moving in to the University of Kentucky in March of 2015 to join the Department of Emergency Medicine. He will be full Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Development.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 12.35.05 PMThis episode is a SGEM Xtra. A sweet/FOAMy treat for listeners before the holidays. While the goal of the SGEM remains to cut the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year, this will not be a structured critical review of a recent paper. This episode will discuss ten questions about the Flipped Classroom concepts. Rob and Stella take turns answering the questions from their perspective and experience.

Five (x2) Questions about the Flipped Classroom:

  1. Define the Flipped Classroom?
  2. Provide a brief history of the Flipped Classroom?
  3. Contrast the Flipped Classroom to a traditional model of medical educations?
  4. Why should we do this, is it just another education fad?
  5. How hard is it to do a Flipped Classroom?
  6. How do you select classes to flip and give me an example of a class you have flipped?
  7. How do you find good Flipped Classroom core content?
  8. Can you give some references/evidence that this Flipped Classroom works?
  9. What are some of the  limitations of the Flipped Classroom?
  10. What lessons have you learned about the Flipped Classroom teaching method?

imageFor more information about the Flipped Classroom there is an excellent guest blog by Dr. Javier Benitez in Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM). The title of his post is “Where is the pedagogy in flipped classrooms?”. Javier defines pedagogy, discusses the Flipped Classroom method and provides multiple references and examples.

Stella describes how things are going in Ottawa with her Flipped Classroom initiative. Rob tells us about how the reception has been from participants at his Teaching Course.


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I will be the tract chair “Seeking the Truth” at the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) meeting in Chicago. SMACC is very supportive of students and has multiple competitions for students to win free registration. The first competition is SMACC the Musical. They are looking for the best “SMACC-ified” musical number or parody of a popular song promoting the SMACC meeting. Check out the Cup Song with Eve Purdy and Happy by Grace Leo as examples.

I am also the FOAM tract chair at the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) meeting in Edmonton. We have a great line up of world experts on #SoMe and EM Education including: Rob Rogers, Lauren Westafer (FOAMCast), Alia Dharamsi and Eve Purdy (Manu et Corde).  While at CAEP, I will be doing more CAEP-TV Talk Nerdy to Me about great Canadian EM research.

header1Announcement: Rob Rogers announces joining the New EMA Team with Anand Swaminathan (EM Swami) starting in January. They will be one of three teams reviewing 30 abstracts every month. Don’t Panic! Rick and Jerry will still be involved in Emergency Medicine Abstracts. Rick will be doing a monthly interview with a leader of emergency medicine. Jerry will be moderating one of the three New EMA Teams and giving an editorial segment on a topic of his choice. Stay tuned for more information about the New EMA.

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