Category Archives: Medical Education

Mastering the Inpatient Consult Service

Every few months I have the pleasure of teaming up with one of my fellows (and often a resident, and sometimes a medical student), to evaluate hospitalized patients with known or suspected rheumatic diseases as part of the inpatient consult service. This is quite a change from my typical day as a rheumatologist, where I see patients in an outpatient clinic.

On occasion, patients with known rheumatic diseases land in the hospital—the patient with lupus and worsening kidney disease, the patient with gout and a severe flare, the patient with vasculitis experiencing a relapse. At the same time, many patients are admitted for workup of unexplained symptoms—joint pain, fevers, rash—or develop these while being treated other conditions. For these patients, we are asked to evaluate for the presence of rheumatic diseases.

Having just finished covering the inpatient rheumatology consult service, I am reflecting on my week and have identified 15 factors that help you achieve a successful week. Continue reading Mastering the Inpatient Consult Service

Social Media Resources for Medical Educators

Here are a few references on why and how to get started with social media for medical education, including articles about the use of social media, guidelines on how to use (and how NOT to use) social media, and links to online software.

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How I use social media for medical education (and why you should, too!)

Social media is a great tool for medical educators, but, like anything else worth doing, it takes some effort to get started. Social media allows you to teach, learn, collaborate, research, socialize, produce scholarship, and advance your career.  Here’s how I’ve used social media over the past two years, and why you may want to dive in as well.

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6 tips to enhance your learning at any conference

When I arrived home after attending my first American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, my wife asked me what I learned.  I had attended five full days of lectures including  the “review” course (which was new material for me), as well as a variety of scientific, plenary, Meet the Professor, and concurrent abstract sessions. But when she asked me that question, I could not come up with a single thing that I had learned. Continue reading 6 tips to enhance your learning at any conference

Getting students to AskUp!

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 7.31.06 PMAskUp is a free, open-source, high-intensity learning application that I created with a group of Harvard programmers.  This application allows learners to create question and answer sets after any educational event (a lecture, an article, a patient encounter, a video, etc).  Questions can then be shared with other learners so that they, too, can learn from this experience.  Practice testing (creating your own question and answer or taking practice tests) is one of the most effective learning strategies available.

This poster includes the results of a pilot study of using AskUp in a medical school class.  The poster was presented at Boston Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Day.