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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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Dec 13, 2022

Episode Length: 22:48

Welcome to the KeyLIME Holiday Special “re run” series!  We’re going to continue our trip down memory lane by sharing our annual Holiday Specials from the last four years. 

Our first holiday special appeared in 2018, and was hosted by 3 special elves:

Peaches Monkey-Bums (Jonathan Sherbino),
Tinker McJingles (Linda Snell), and, 
Puddin Angel-Pants (Jason Frank)

with a shout out to the honorary host Sugar Sparkly-socks (Lara Varpio)

Their discussions include - Santa's little helpers, cookies and boring speakers!


1. Wigley C et al. Santa’s little helpers: a novel approach to developing patient information leaflets. BMJ. 2017;359:j5565. (Jonathan Sherbino's pick)

2 a) Bartlett M. The gift of food and the utility of student feedback. Med Educ. 2018;52(10):1000-1002 (Jason Frank's pick, part 1)

2 b) Hessler M et al. Availability of cookies during an academic course session affects evaluation of teaching. Med Educ. 2018; 52(10):1064-1072. (Jason Frank's pick, part 2)

3. Ewers R. Boring speakers talk for longer. Nature. 2018;561(7724):464. (Linda Snell's pick)

View the episode abstract here.

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Jason R. Frank: @drjfrank 

Jonathan Sherbino: @sherbino 

Linda Snell: @LindaSMedEd 

Lara Varpio: @LaraVarpio

Lara Varpio's Disclaimer: The views expressed in this manuscript are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Uniformed Services University of the Unites States Department of Defense. 

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