I wanted to do some blog posts on topics that have particularly begun to interest me recently - those around medical education. Over recent months, partly through my postgraduate medical education course, I have steadily realised that I have gone through well over a decade of higher education without ever being properly taught how to learn. This is quite a situation to be in with a training program as long as ours, and with a career of lifelong learning still to come. I therefore though I would start by looking at a topic that has really revolutionised my own learning over the past few months. The topic is that of ‘spaced repetition’ and I really don’t think I can understate the impact that it has had on my own retention of certain information.
Today I was able to attend the RAFT Winter Scientific Meeting, held at the RCOA. This meeting was a great opportunity for the representatives of all the regional trainee research networks (TRNs) to catch up on the events of the past year and look to the future. Despite the snowy weather providing some travel challenges for some of the speakers the day was packed with updates and useful information. I hope to use this blog post to highlight some of the great work currently or imminently going on for anyone interested in getting more involved in research, QI and audit work.
Last week I had the chance to attend the inaugural St. Emlyn's Live day in Manchester (#StEmlynsLive). The day proved (as expected) to be a fantastic collection of talks and ideas on Emergency medicine, critical care, medical education, and the surrounding factors involved in being part of this profession. With a wealth of learning points to take away, I wanted to put a few of them together in a blog post. Many of the topics will be covered (or are already covered), both better articulated and in more detail at their own blog and other sites, but there were a few parts that were my favourite. When looking back ad considering the bits that I took away, I would probably break them down into a few key themes:
Well after a little bit of a hiatus (exam-based once again) we’re hopefully back for some regular blogging. When having a look at things to write about it looks like the topic of allergy will be a bit of a theme over the coming few months, for 2 big reasons. Firstly, the 6th National Audit Project (NAP6) from the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) is due to report on the 14th May. This time NAP is looking at perioperative anaphylaxis and will no doubt provide a wealth of new information on this (fortunately) rare complication. Whilst we will look at that report in more detail when it comes out, the current focus is on the upcoming DALES project. DALES stands for Drug Allergy Labelling in the Elective Surgical population, and is the 3rd annual project from the Research and Audit Federation of Trainees (RAFT). Us lot at NWRAG will be helping to deliver the project in the North West and we are currently continuing to recruit interested trainees (get in touch here if you are interested). This study is looking at better understanding the problems of drug ‘allergy’ labelling in patients, with the inverted commas and slight raise of the eyebrows being of particular interest here. This is because the application of an allergy label is frequently applied to non-allergy reactions (for instance well recognised side effects) and can interfere with clinical practice and good patient care. The problems that this is causing, and how anaesthetists interact with such labels, still has some unknown quantities, hence the role of this study. As such, I wanted to use this blog post and follow up ones to explore the background of this topic in a bit more detail.
Last week the team from the North West Research and Audit Group (NWRAG) were kindly invited to run the social media at the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POM CTN) autumn meeting. This year it was held in Manchester and brought together a wide range of speakers looking at the future of research in the realm of perioperative medicine. The aim of this blog is to provide a bit of a summary of a packed and interesting day, and ultimately to highlight some of the fascinating research that has been, and is planned to be, conducted in this field. More information on most of the topics is available on the POM CTN homepage (https://www.pomctn.org.uk/home), and we have tried to include some useful links throughout.
Hello everyone, and welcome back! Today’s post is going to be a little different from previous ones, as I want to use it to briefly introduce the upcoming North West Research and Audit Group (NWRAG) online journal club. As this is a slightly new concept, I wanted to spend a few minutes to talk through our plans to help the process easier for everyone to get involved with.
A collection of our most recent posts on articles, guidelines and interesting thoughts.