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CORD 2018 Annual Report
Highlighting some of the year's best achievements and milestones.
Take a look back through 2018!
Academic Assembly Events
Add these outtings to your Academic Assembly Registration!
- Fun Run benefitting CORD Cares
- Private Food Tour of Pikes Market
- Private Chocolate and Coffee Tour of Pikes Market
- Private Chihuly Tour
Session 15: Creating an Educational Escape Room and the Triple Threat Conference Day
Hosts: Madonna Fernandez-Frackelton, MD, FACEP
Take one of your usual lectures and really spice it up by creating a escape room. This is a fun way to actively engage all learners, create a collaborative environment, and also have a little friendly competition.
Session 14:Faculty Wellness & Resilience
Hosted By: Megan Fix, MD & Loice Swisher, MD, FAAEM
Loice and Megan will discuss different aspects of faculty resilience focusing on 6 "competencies" of wellness - Connection, Compassion, Calling, Counseling, Change and Congratulations.
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Latest Blog Posts
March 21, 2019
Providing timely feedback is a critical component in medical education in promoting learning and learner self-reflection as they acquire new skills and knowledge in the ever-changing field of medicine. Feedback should be provided in a safe space, be based on direct observation, with specific suggestions for future improvement.
March 18, 2019
In 2016, three years after the Self-Study was introduced through the Next Accreditation System (NAS), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) offered select programs the opportunity to enroll in a pilot of the Self-Study program. There is limited literature outlining the optimal implementation of the Self-Study in EM, therefore forcing any program embarking on the process to create timely de novo hypothesized best practices. The formation of this methodology informs this article which means to function as a template to the Self-Study process for EM programs.
March 7, 2018
As applications for Emergency Medicine away rotations begin to open, many students have been asking what programs are looking for when they request a letter of interest.
The letter of interest essentially is a way for clerkship directors to see who is genuinely interested in the program. It is meant to ensure visiting student rotation slots go to EM bound applicants who are genuinely interested in a program/area. As far as visiting student rotation applications, some programs view it as the single most important piece of data we use to select which students to invite for rotations.
January 7, 2109
Congratulations! You have chosen the best specialty, filled with incredible individuals and a rewarding career. No matter where you end up for training, you will graduate an ED doc prepared to handle anything, and that is SO special. The question in front of you—where do you go to meet that end?
January 17, 2019
This phrase composed by Leo Tolstoy may not mean much for most people, but it surely does for the residents of University of Tennessee HSC in Nashville. With more emphasis being placed upon training residents in wellness and resiliency across the nation, the program leadership took advantage of their local “natural resource.” They hired a songwriter for a wellness activity.
January 3, 2019
The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), in cooperation with other American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Members, has approved 5 combined training tracks within emergency medicine (EM). These include: Emergency Medicine/Anesthesiology (EM/Anes), Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine (EM/FM), Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine (EM/IM), Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine/Critical Care Medicine (EM/IM/CC), and Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics (EM/Peds). These training models allow for integrated training in each specialty with an overall reduction in total training time by 1 to 2 years depending on the combined pathway. Choosing these specialties and applying to these programs is similar in many ways to the application process for categorical EM. There are, however, some nuances and details that prospective applicants and their advisors should know before applying.
December 6, 2018
his application guide is intended for Emergency Medicine bound medical students who identify as being from a group which is underrepresented in the medical field as well as their respective advisers and mentors. This guide is intended as a supplement to the General EM Applying Guide.
November 1, 2018
The application and match process in EM have undergone significant changes in the past few years. This guide is meant to provide further detail to students who do not have an EM residency faculty member familiar with recent changes to help guide them through the application process.
October 22, 2018
After every single patient encounter in the ED learners present to their staff. This is frequently a painful process for both learner and preceptor. Too often the learner fails to paint a clear picture of what they think is going on and the preceptor is left picking up the pieces and doing the problem solving. Educators infrequently focus on teaching the art of presentation and as a result the learner will often make this presentation style habitual and little progress is made in their clinical judgement and ability to communicate.
October 18, 2018
Two weeks ago, the Advising Students Committee in Emergency Medicine (ASC-EM) met at ACEP Scientific Assembly in San Diego, California. We have some exciting projects currently going on and since our last update we have produced some amazing resources for students applying to Emergency Medicine and those who advise them. This post serves as an update from our meeting at ACEP18....
September 10, 2018
Depression incidence in 740 interns increased from 4% to 27% in the first 3 months of training, while thoughts of death rose 370%.
Sen, S. et al., Archives of General Psychiatry 2010
September 6, 2018
CORD’s Advising Students Committee in Emergency Medicine (ASC-EM) is happy to announce a new resource for advisors: the Student Advisor Consult Service! This service is an important resource for any advisors who have specific or sensitive questions about advising medical students applying to emergency medicine.
August 2, 2018
The emergency medicine away rotation has become an important part of a fourth year medical student’s application for residency. Because of this, students should strive to put their best foot forward on their rotations. The amount of resources (especially with so much #FOAMed) can be overwhelming for some. Below are some high yield resources that medical students on audition rotations may find beneficial to review before and during their rotation.
July 31, 2018
Every class of EM residents has those individuals who make you proud to be an educator. They seem to have instinctual clinical gestalt. Deep down you know they will become a better physician than you. Now what if you could recruit an entire class of interns like them. Your job would become less time consuming and more rewarding. Now how can a program recruit this dream class?
July 7, 2018
Away rotations. What once was an option is now essentially mandatory if you want to match in emergency medicine (EM). In order to have a “complete” ERAS application, most students will get a SLOE (Standardized Letter of Evaluation) from their home program after a month-long rotation. Students are also expected to go to an outside institution, spend a month working in the ED, and obtain a second SLOE based on this performance.
June 7, 2018
The 2018-2019 residency application season will be the second year of the “operational pilot” of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Standardized Video Interview (SVI). The SVI was conceived out of a desire to recognize applicant qualities beyond academic metrics that may not otherwise be represented in the existing Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application. The goal was to widen the pool of applicants invited for an in person interview by adding a nonacademic dimension to the application.
April 30, 2018
As a new attending, one has ‘left the nest’, and is expected to make life and death decisions on their own, without the protective support system they have grown accustomed to in residency.
April 5, 2018
Procedures are a large part of Emergency Medicine and becoming competent with them is necessary. One of the questions many medical students starting their Emergency Medicine rotations have is what procedures they should be able to perform on their EM rotations.