Trainee Perspective – AM Rounds http://academicmedicineblog.org Beyond the pages of Academic Medicine, journal of the AAMC Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:40:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Author Reading: Humbled http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-humbled/ http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-humbled/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:40:49 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3446 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen today.

In this episode, J.S. Desai reads his essay, “Humbled,” in which he reflects on what his first patient, his big brother, has taught him about knowing and judging others in his care. His essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the June issue of Academic Medicine.

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Author Reading: Nutella http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-nutella/ http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-nutella/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:17:14 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3431 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen today.

In this episode, Dr. Sarah Bernstein reads her essay, “Nutella,” in which she reflects on a patient who taught her that being a doctor sometimes means sharing a spoonful of Nutella and bearing witness to a patient’s journey rather than ordering tests and medications. Her essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the June issue of Academic Medicine.

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Author Reading: The Modern Iteration of the House Call http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-the-modern-iteration-of-the-house-call/ Thu, 04 May 2017 17:08:47 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3381 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen today.

In this episode, Brian Kwan reads his essay, “The Modern Iteration of the House Call,” in which he describes the value of making house calls to patients, caregivers, and physicians. His essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the May issue of Academic Medicine.

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Author Reading: Her Story of Present Illness http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-her-story-of-present-illness/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:07:08 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3363 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen today.

In this episode, medical student Jessica Prescott reads her essay, “Her Story of Present Illness,” about encouraging women to be the protagonists in their own stories. Her essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column.

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Engaging “Youthful Critics”: The Learner Voice in Medical Education Scholarship http://academicmedicineblog.org/engaging-useful-critics-the-learner-voice-in-medical-education-scholarship/ Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:11:51 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3345 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen and download it today.

Discussing the importance of engaging medical students and residents in medical education scholarship are editor-in-chief David Sklar and medical students Jesse Burk-Rafel, Logan Jones, and Janice Farlow.

This conversation complements trainee-authored letters to the editor and related articles in the April 2017 issue of the journal.

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Author Reading: Learning Professionalism Under Stress http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-learning-professionalism-under-stress/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:13:35 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3338 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen today.

In this episode, medical student Ben Chin-Yee reads his essay, “Learning Professionalism Under Stress,” published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column.

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Author Reading: Cold Feet http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-cold-feet/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:09:48 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3303 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen today.

In this episode, medical student Elena Grill reads her essay, “Cold Feet,” published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column.

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Getting an Early Start: Developing the MD-MEd Program at Vanderbilt University http://academicmedicineblog.org/getting-an-early-start-developing-the-md-med-program-at-vanderbilt-university/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:00:42 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3295 AM Rounds Slider Master-10

By: William Sullivan, MD, MEd

William Sullivan, MD, MEd is a fourth-year resident in internal medicine and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is the first Vanderbilt Medical School graduate to earn both the MD and MEd degrees jointly. He will be chief resident in internal medicine during the 2018–2019 academic year.

When I was a third-year medical student at the VA hospital in Nashville, an attending physician posed a simple question that fueled my desire to delve deeper into medical education. “How do you think about acute kidney injury?” he asked, after silently listening to my presentation. I was speechless, because I could not find the answer in any medical record or textbook. Thankfully, by modeling his own thought process, I was able to conceptualize a framework for this metacognitive skill. We worked together to develop this skill over the next two weeks, which sparked a craving in me to understand reasoning, how people learn to reason, and how to teach reasoning. It ultimately led me to facilitate the creation of the joint MD and Master’s in Education (MEd) degree at Vanderbilt University, described in a recent Academic Medicine article.

When I started this journey in 2011, I was fortunate to have the Peabody College of Education, a national leader in educational research and training, literally right across the street. At the time, I had peers taking time off from medical school to complete MPH degrees, MBA degrees, and research fellowships. So, why couldn’t I pursue my interest and seek additional graduate training in education? As it turns out, I could! It just hadn’t been done before. Working in concert with the Dean for Undergraduate Medical education at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) as well as the faculty director of the Program of Learning and Instruction at Peabody College, I modeled the five-year program after five-year programs already established at Vanderbilt (e.g., MD-MBA, MD-MPH) as well as joint MD degree programs at other institutions, already published in the literature.

Initially, I had some logistical kinks to work out, and I learned that each school’s registrar was going to be an integral part of making this new program work. In communicating regularly with the registrars, I was able to ensure that credits would be transferred appropriately and that the tuition I would pay each semester was accurate and went to the right place! Patience, open communication, and administrative support have allowed the program to grow. Four other students have since enrolled or graduated, and we are working to craft developmentally appropriate medical education competencies for program participants.

Medical students and residents who take additional time to pursue training in experimental design, business, public health, and statistics enter their professional careers primed to contribute to their institution and profession in an area they are passionate about. I wanted to incorporate the skill set of an educator early in my career so that I could become a better teacher (like the faculty member who inspired me), understand concepts in medical education, and influence the field on a larger scale.

As I finish my residency, my educational training through the MEd program has already proven valuable. I now have a variety of unique, critical lenses through which to view teaching and learning encounters with students, peers, and patients. When students and interns ask me questions, I’m not likely to give them a direct answer. Rather, I ask them what they know, how they are thinking, and provide scaffolding so they can reach their own conclusions. I give better feedback and ask better questions. Faculty have asked for my input when thinking about designing educational materials. Recently, I met with my program director to discuss ideas for a “training the trainer” feedback event hosted by Graduate Medical Education at Vanderbilt. Also, because of my learned skill set on how to be a thoughtful educator, I will have the amazing and humbling honor to be a chief resident one year from now.

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Author Reading: Caution: Storage Temperature May Alter Drugs Efficacy http://academicmedicineblog.org/author-reading-caution-storage-temperature-may-alter-drugs-efficacy/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:27:59 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3293 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen and download it today.

In this episode, medical student Geoffrey Huntley reads his essay, “Caution: Storage Temperature May Alter Drugs Efficacy,” published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column.

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A Discussion About Reflective Writing in Medicine http://academicmedicineblog.org/a-discussion-about-reflective-writing-in-medicine/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:15:06 +0000 http://academicmedicineblog.org/?p=3270 A new episode of our podcast is now available through iTunes. Listen and download it today.

Author Sarah Bernstein, MD, MHA, and senior staff editor Toni Gallo discuss the power of reflective writing, in helping physicians to heal, connect with each other, and engage with patients and their families.

This discussion complements Dr. Bernstein’s essay, “The Night Your Child Died: An Open Letter from Your Doctor,” published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column of the journal.

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