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Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) is a weekly podcast produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Feb 20, 2018

Jon's paper seeks to inform scholars about common reasons for internal editor review rejections, which will hopefully stop letters that start like this 'Dear So and So, Thank you for your submission. Our journal receives many more submissions than it can publish. Unfortunately, we are unable to publish...

Feb 13, 2018

The assessment literature has seen strong a migration towards emphasizing direct observation and the use of expert raters in the last decade.  Rater cognition (i.e. how an individual constructs an assessment of performance) has been a critical element in ensuring the validity of direct...

Feb 6, 2018

What is the most effective way to prepare senior medical students for the transition to residency? 

Do the new intensive 'Surgical Boot Camps' for junior residency work? This study attempted to fill some of the gaps in the understanding of the effects of such courses on learning and performance in...

Jan 30, 2018

Linda presents two papers in order to answer two questions...

  1. How Attending Physicians Negotiate Their Work Environment – “to generate an empiric, detailed, and updated view of the attending physician preceptor role and its interface with the complex work environment.”
  2. How evidence from observing attending...

Jan 23, 2018

Jason’s chosen article for today’s podcast discusses the assessment tool ITERs and documented narratives.

Often ITERs are horribly misused but are still deployed as institutions need to record that a trainee was present and competencies were achieved.


Authors: Hatala R, Sawatsky AP, Dudek N, Ginsburg S, Cook...