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Letters of Recommendation: Program Directors Need to Do Better

By Benjamin Doolittle, MD|2018-12-06T09:00:59-05:00December 6th, 2018|Residency|

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? I [...]

Medicine-Induced Metabolic Syndrome

By NEJM Knowledge+ Team|2018-11-29T12:32:21-05:00November 29th, 2018|Learning, Your Experiences|

Editor’s Note: This post was previously published in Insights on Residency Training, which is hosted by NEJM Journal Watch. Justin Davis, MBBS, is a Chief Resident at Barwon Health in Geelong, Australia. I run a clinic a couple of times a week as part of my nephrology [...]

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

By Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE (MEd), FACS|2018-10-18T11:48:07-04:00October 18th, 2018|Learning, NEJM Knowledge+|

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 Product [...]

The Power of Intellectual Humility

By Scott Hippe, MD|2020-09-17T16:47:02-04:00September 20th, 2018|Learning, Residency|

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.” Scott Hippe, MD, is a Chief Resident at Family Residency of Idaho in Boise. Those were parting words from [...]

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

By Carl Gustaf S. Axelsson, MD, MPhil, MMSc, Michael G. Healy, EdD and Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE (MEd), FACS|2018-08-09T08:54:37-04:00August 9th, 2018|Learning, NEJM Knowledge+|

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," by [...]

How Do You Approach a Patient with Suspected Bacterial Meningitis?

By Ole-Petter Riksfjord Hamnvik, MB BCh BAO, MMSc|2018-07-26T09:00:05-04:00July 26th, 2018|Internal Medicine, NEJM Knowledge+|

In NEJM Knowledge+ Internal Medicine Board Review, we have a number of questions about managing patients with suspected bacterial meningitis, and these tend to generate comments from our learners. How do you balance the need to give antibiotics rapidly with the time needed to obtain required diagnostic studies? [...]