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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.

We bring you the main points of a medical education article in under half a hour! Articles that are important, innovative, or will impact your educational practice are discussed. Earn MOC credits under Section 2 for each podcast.  

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Apr 16, 2019

Jon chose a letter to the Editor.

Study - A robot equipped with AI - performs breast biopsy without a clinician present.

Authors:  Shlomi Laufer, Anne-Lise D. D'Angelo, and Carla M. Pugh

Publication details: Sensor Technology in Assessments of Clinical Skill. N Engl J Med. 2015 Feb 19;372(8):784-6. 

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Apr 9, 2019

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Today's paper was chosen by Dr. Linda Snell discussing the shift in responsibility and the need to survive.

Authors:  Walzak et al., 


Mar 26, 2019

Jon picked today's paper which discusses the experience of shame in medical education.

Authors:  Bynum et al,.

Publication details: Sentinel Emotional Events: The Nature, Triggers, and Effects of Shame Experiences in Medical Residents Acad Med. 2019;94:85–93.

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Mar 19, 2019

Programmatic assessment (PA) is one of the big 5 features of the competency-based era. (The other 4 components of CBME are: outcome competencies, sequenced acquisition of expertise, tailored teaching/coaching, and learning activities.)

So, what is this “programmatic assessment” stuff? The promise of PA is that it is...

Mar 12, 2019

Why a robust body of theory-driven research is needed for education in the clinical setting.

Authors: Cleland J, Durning S.

Publication details: Education and service: how theories can help in understanding tensions. Medical Education 2019 53: 42–55

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