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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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Jason R. Frank: @drjfrank 

Jonathan Sherbino: @sherbino 

Linda Snell: @LindaSMedEd 

Lara Varpio: @LaraVarpio

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Mar 14, 2023

It's the perennial topic in Medical Education - 'Feedback' and what do we really know about the quality of feedback given in our clinical environments? This paper sets out to gather validity evidence.

Authors:  Bing-You R, Ramesh S, Hayes V, Varaklis K, Ward D & Blanco M

Publication details: Trainees' Perceptions of...

Mar 7, 2023

When was the last time you, dear KeyLIME listener, was observed performing a clinical task by someone who had some kind of power over your career? Was it a colleague as part of a simulation? An administrative leader? Was it at a conference? Was it a mandatory peer review? Was it comfortable for you? Did you change what...

Feb 28, 2023

In this episode:  In this week's paper, selected by Jon, the co-hosts discuss whether a a closed-book exam - that requires a learner to have encoded and recall the required information - is a superior educational process to an open-book exam that requires a learner to appraise and apply an array of widely available...

Feb 21, 2023

In this episode: Jason has chosen today’s article to discuss how the ratio of teachers to learners is an important design factor. Length: 28:14 min. 

Authors: Loewen PS, Gamble A, Legal M, Shah K, Tkachuk S, Zed PJ.

Publication details: Learner-Preceptor Ratios for Practice-Based Learning Across Health Disciplines:...

Feb 14, 2023

Linda Snell's article choice investigates whether there is a gender differences in teaching evaluations. The retrospective study was performed at a North American medical school, there were 14,107 teaching evaluations of 965 faculty members.

Gender is also the subject for KeyLIME episode 174. 'Gender differences in...