EM Stud Podcast – CORD Application Process Improvement Task Force


Behind the scenes, the CORD Student Advising Task Force and the Application Process Improvement Task Force are working on making the application process easier.  We caught up with Drs. Lucienne Lutfy-Clayton and Alexis Pelletier-Bui in San Antonio last month for an update.

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CDEM Faculty Podcast Episode 10:  Virtual Reality in Medical Education

Do you play video games?  Do you do SIM? Have you ever thought of combining the two to teach and learn medicine?  Well if you have then you are going to want to listen to this podcast! This month, I spoke with Dr. Michael Barrie Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Clerkship Director at The Ohio State University.  He gives us a great introduction to virtual reality; what it is, how it can be used in medical education, and what tool and equipment are needed. And if you are like me and don’t know the first thing about gaming, don’t worry, Mike breaks it down so that even I can understand.  

If you are interested in reading more about virtual reality in emergency medicine check out this article: Using Virtual Reality Simulation Environments to Assess Competence for Emergency Medicine Learners



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Suzana Tsao, DO

CDEM Faculty Podcast Episode 9: The Disinterested Student

Hi everyone!  You are in luck.  Two episodes in one week. The January episode was a little delayed because I switched the podcast over to Libsyn.  There may be a couple of bugs I still have to work out in importing the old episodes, but I wanted to get the new content out to everyone.  


So, if you all remember a couple months ago I sent a message out asking for volunteers to come on the podcast and talk about a topic that interests them.  A couple of brave souls volunteered.  And so the next couple of podcast will be interviews and discussions with those folks.  To start us off is Dr. Page Bridges.  She is the assistant clerkship director at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.  And she wanted to talk about how to engage the disinterested student.  We talked about why the emergency medicine clerkship is important and how to get buy in from the students who are pursuing a different specialty for residency.  I had a really great time talking with Page. And if you enjoyed hearing her on the podcast, I have great news for you.  I think I have convinced her to become a regular on the show.  

If you have a topic you would like to hear about or if you or someone you know wants to be a guest on the podcast, then email me at suzanatsao@gmail.com.  

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Suzana Tsao, DO


CDEM Faculty Podcast Episode 8: Bedside Teaching

Happy New Year everyone!  So if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become a better bedside teacher, then this is the episode for you.  This talk was given by Dr. Francis DeRoos from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine at the Philadelphia Education Collaborative.  He discusses the barriers, preparation, setting the stage, and tips and techniques in art of bedside teaching.  I hope this inspires you on your next ED shift.  If you have some great  tips or techniques in bedside teaching please post in the comments section.  I know this is something I struggle with and want to improve on and would love to hear what you all are doing.  In addition, if you want to hear some more great advice on teaching on shift, check out EM Cases episode 98: Teaching on shift.




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Suzana Tsao, DO


CDEM Voice – FOAMonthly


safe space



Simulation has an increasing presence in many EM Clerkship curricula. As we incorporate more simulation, it is essential that we remain aware of the importance of creating psychological safety for our learners. This is particularly important when working with medical students who may have increased anxiety around simulation due the worry that the experience may be used as an assessment of their skills and mistakes may affect their grade. In this podcast from debrief2learn.org, Adam Cheng and Jenny Rodulph discuss how to create this psychologic safety. They emphasize the need to remain learner-centered throughout the entire simulation process and convey a positive regard for the learners through our behaviors. Specifically, they highlight the importance building a report by demonstrating transparency, establishing your own fallibility and maintaining a sense of humor.

Beyond this specific podcast, this website, run by an interprofessional group of simulation educators, serves as a resource to improve simulation and feedback. There are additional blogs, podcasts and debriefing tools to help provide evidence based resources to improve clinical and simulation feedback. This is an excellent resource full of ideas to improve your student’s simulation experience.


Laura Welsh, MD


Acting Instructor/Senior Medical Education Fellow

Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Washington School of Medicine

CDEM Voice – 2018 Awards

CDEM Call for Awards


CDEM has both the honor and pleasure of recognizing medical student faculty educators from across the country for their national dedication, innovation and achievements in undergraduate medical education. It is a great opportunity to reward our colleagues for the work they do. The committee is now accepting nominations for four awards to be given at the annual SAEM-CDEM meeting in May 2018 with a deadline of February 28, 2018 for submission. The four CDEM awards are the Young Educator Award, Clerkship Director Award, Distinguished Educator Award and the Innovation Award – please see below for a description of each. Specifically, all nomination packets must include:

  1. Letter of support from nominator specifying: Which award the candidate is being nominated for.
  2. How the nominee fulfills the award criteria.
  3. What is the relationship of the nominator to the nominee (Chair, PD/APD, Colleague etc.) Self nominations are also accepted!
  4. Curriculum vitae and/or teaching portfolio of the nominee.
  5. Nominations may also include other supporting documentation, such as a detailed description of curricular innovations, teaching evaluations, letters of support from colleagues, supervisor or students, funded grant or project applications, and publications.

The nomination pockets are reviewed and ranked numerically for each award. Apply here.

CDEM Awards

CDEM Clerkship Director of the Year Award

This award recognizes an Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director that has made significant contributions to either a 3rd or 4th year emergency medicine rotation. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must currently be the Clerkship Director of a mandatory, selective or elective rotation and have served in that role for a minimum of 5 years. This award is presented at the annual CDEM meeting.

CDEM Young Educator of the Year Award

This award recognizes a medical student educator at the Clinical Instructor or Assistant Professor level and less than 10 years from residency completion who has made significant contributions to teaching and educating medical students.  This award is presented at the annual CDEM meeting.

CDEM Distinguished Educator Award

This award recognizes a medical student educator at the Associate Professor or Professor level who has made significant contributions to and has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching and educating medical students for 10 or more years. This award is not presented annually; rather, it is bestowed on special occasions.

CDEM Award for Innovation in Medical Education

This award recognizes a medical student educator at any faculty rank who has made a significant and innovative contribution to undergraduate medical education. This award is presented at the annual CDEM meeting.

CDEM Voice – Member Highlight


Meigra Chin

Meigra Myers Chin, MD

Assistant Professor

Clerkship Director

Department of Emergency Medicine

Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School



  1. What is your most memorable moment of teaching?

I don’t have a single moment, although there are moments that stand out in my mind along the way.  I teach medical students (in various roles) from their first through fourth years, so I get to see quite a few through all the way…and I think that one of the most satisfying, if not memorable, moments in teaching is seeing that evolution from a wobbly first-year to a self-confident, organized fourth-year student.  It is gratifying when you hear back from a student that they remember learning something from you.

  1. Who or what is your biggest influence?

I was very privileged to train under some of the best of the best at Bellevue, not just attending faculty, but residents and fellows as well.  I’d have to say that the true sense of integrity and duty to patients first that I learned there is one of my biggest influences.

  1. Any advice for other clerkship directors?

Get your faculty invested in your students.  There can be a tendency to focus on residents more than students, or EM-bound students more than all students if you have a required clerkship like we do.  Faculty need to remember that these are the kids who will be taking care of our patients (and us!) down the line.  One of my main goals for my clerkship is to give all students a clearer understanding of what EM does, why we are great at what we do, and that in the future, when we wake you up in the middle of the night for a consult, we are doing it for good reason!

  1. What is your favorite part about being an educator/director?

I’ve had a lot of first-year students assigned to follow me in the ED and then come to me down the line to tell me that they’ve decided to pursue EM.  That makes me feel great.

  1. Any interesting factoids you would like to share?

I was an atypical student, back in school as a single parent with an undergrad BFA in theatre and absolutely zero science background when I started my pursuit of medicine.  I think I will always have a soft spot for the outlier students and their individual circumstances because of the way I came up.  “Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.”—Antonio Machado