One medical student's simple approach to becoming a doctor

The effect of Location, Location, Location on metacognition

The effect of Location, Location, Location on metacognition

One of the unique aspects of being a medical student is that we have the opportunity to see patients in all locations of medical practice. One week I’ll be working in the emergency department then the next week I’ll be in an outpatient clinic. On the next rotation I’m on the wards caring for inpatients.Continue Reading

smaccGOLD: Reflections from Down Under

smaccGOLD: Reflections from Down Under

I’m sitting in the airport about to board a flight back to Canada and to be honest I am a bit worried that I won’t make it through customs. No, I am not packing drugs or even smuggling some outback steak across the border. I am worried that the agent will be suspicious of the hugeContinue Reading

Student-based Patient Education in the ED

Student-based Patient Education in the ED

The third article in the series of three related to the FOAM/EM elective is less related to medical student education and is instead focused on patient education and engagement. This is a topic that is growing near and dear to my heart. Why you might ask? The emergency department is a confusing place. As aContinue Reading

FOAM, Learning Styles and You

FOAM, Learning Styles and You

There is much debate in the education world about “learning styles”. That debate is beyond the scope of the post but it is an interesting one. To learn more read this article. For now, we will assume that individuals do learn more efficiently when information is presented in a certain way but that certain way may changeContinue Reading

In the nick of time: resources used on shift

In the nick of time: resources used on shift

Background For the past four weeks I have been trying to “Rock EM Clerkship” electives. I have been working and learning with the awesome folks in the ED’s in Halifax and Saskatoon. As with any clerkship rotation, a core component of these experiences is  clinical medicine with a focus on the medical expert competency but during myContinue Reading