EMRA + CDEM Patient Presentations Video

SAEM’s Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) and EMRA released a training video for medical students that demonstrates how to tell a compelling story when presenting a patient’s case. This brief video offers handy do’s and don’ts that will help medical students understand how best to efficiently and effectively communicate in the ED.

The ten-minute video features EMRA resident and student members and CDEM leaders: Aditi Mitra, Michael Yip, Zach Jarou, David Gordon with help from Cathey Wise (EMRA) and Melissa McMillan (SAEM), with yours truly playing Mr. Ferguson.

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SMACC Workshop

SMACC_Flipped_Classroom_MarqueeOn Tuesday, 8 am in Chicago, Stella Yiu, Rob Cooney, Andrew Petrosoniak, Doug Schiller, Jen Leppard and I will be presenting a Flipped Classroom workshop. The goal is to take you from idea to completed product in the span of four hours (with a much needed coffee break in the middle).

Here’s our worksheet.

SMACC FC Worksheet

Look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

CORD 2015: Toolkit to Flip Your Classroom

CORDemRob Cooney (@EMEducation) and I are giving a workshop on tools to flip your classroom in Phoenix at CORD this month. Since this is a resource heavy talk, I put the worksheet and slides up here. Here’s also my practice video on the “multimedia principles” portion of the talk.

Flipping Your Classroom (CORD 2015 @ Phoenix) Resources

Richard Mayer’s Multimedia Principles

Preview 7 vs Preview 8

Preview Icons

What happened to the that little boy on the Preview Icon?

Preview plays a big part of my workflow for reading and annotating PDF’s stored in Papers 3. I highlight, circle things, and add a lot of text, then all annotations are saved automatically back into the Papers library. Preview and Papers work together more smoothly than PDF Expert and Papers for the iPad. On the iPad, I use PDF Expert to do the same and Preview 7 and PDF Expert worked beautifully together.

The Mavericks version, Preview 7, worked incredibly well for this. With Yosemite, in Preview 8 we’re mourning the loss of more than just that boy. I was able to install both Preview 7 and 8 on my Mac and compare side by side.

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π day & RPN Calculator.app

March 14th, or π-day, this year takes on additional numerical significance. Only once in a hundred years we are able to celebrate π to its billionth decimal place.

3.141592653

3/14/15 9:26:53

I wonder if Galileo Galilei geeked out on 3/14/1592 6:53:59.

In other mathematically geeky news, while doing several calculations on my Mac I was longing for my old HP scientific calculator with reverse polish notation. Looking through the Mac app store at all the emulators, I decided to see if the built-in calculator app had this feature. And guess what it does.

calculator_app

In the View menu, you can select “RPN mode” and now you get a calculator with a stack visible 2 deep. I don’t know if this was possible in previous versions of OS X, but I love the geeks at Apple that made this happen.

Happy π-day. Now we wait for May the Fourth.

Odds vs Risk Ratios

Odds ratios and risk ratios always confused me. I never really understood the reason behind having an odds ratio. It is so unintuitive to me, even still.

There’s a great article from the Southern Medical Journal that explains it all! Watch the video then read the article.

Viera AJ. Odds ratios and risk ratios: what’s the difference and why does it matter? South Med J. 2008 Jul;101(7):730-4. PMID: 18580722