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Letters of Recommendation: Program Directors Need to Do Better

It is interview season, and I am reviewing candidates for my residency program. It is a very humbling process. Even considering board scores, transcripts, and personal statements, the true person behind the dossier can remain opaque. How do we figure out who might be a good fit?...
|December 6th, 2018|Residency|2 Comments|

Medicine-Induced Metabolic Syndrome

Editor’s Note: This post was previously published in Insights on Residency Training, which is hosted by NEJM Journal Watch. I run a clinic a couple of times a week as part of my nephrology training here at Barwon Health. I love my clinic. In addition to enjoying the...
|November 29th, 2018|Learning|0 Comments|

Do Adaptive Learning Board Review Products Help Candidates Prepare for Certification Examinations?

Individuals on the path to becoming a physician in the United States spend a great deal of time in educational settings and must pass many standardized high-stakes examinations. Do adaptive learning board review products like NEJM Knowledge+ help? An Exploratory Study of an Adaptive Learning Board Review...
|October 18th, 2018|Learning|2 Comments|

The Power of Intellectual Humility

Editor’s Note: This post was previously published in Insights on Residency Training, which is hosted by NEJM Journal Watch. Don’t ever be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Those were parting words from one of my physician mentors in medical school. I had asked him for wisdom in...
|September 20th, 2018|Learning|2 Comments|

The Neuroscience of Learning: Beyond Just “Making It Stick”

Medical trainees are struggling with the apparent dichotomy of being able to provide optimal clinical care for their patients as clinicians, yet allowing time to master new knowledge and prepare for high-stakes examinations. Given these time pressures, study time of various educational materials must be “worth it,”...
|August 9th, 2018|Learning|2 Comments|