Monday, December 23, 2013

Learning Resource: The Flipped EM Classroom

Many educators feel that the future of didactic instruction is the "flipped classroom" model.  Students review materials at home before coming to class, sometimes watching on-line lectures/videos.  In the classroom they do their "homework", working through problems and concepts while the teacher(s) circulate and help the learners.  Many Emergency Medicine Residency Programs are adopting, or at least experimenting, with these concepts.

One benefit to all is that a lot of on-line resources are being produced.  A great example is that work of The Flipped EM Classroom.   The foundation for the content covered is the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) Curriculum for medical students, so it makes a strong foundation of knowledge.  Think of this like a souped-up, FOAMed, multi-media version of the "First Aid for the EM Clerkship"-type books.

There are small, easily-digested, modules on "Approach to..." a variety of common ED complaints like:  Abdominal Pain, Poisoning, Trauma, etc.

There are also Disease Specific reviews grouped by organ system.  For example, in the Cardiovascular group there are Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Acute Heart Failure, Pulmonary Embolism, and more.

For third years soon to start EM rotations: this is the knowledge base and approach that your supervisors are going to be looking for.  Get a jump on understanding this information from an EM perspective.

For fourth years going into EM.  Your program is going to be expecting you to have this foundation of knowledge when you show up.  If you don't, you will get feedback like, "knowledge base is behind that of peers".  Any you don't want that.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the mention and for checking out the site, Adam!
    Love to hear any feedback from you or your blog readers.