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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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Oct 30, 2018


KeyLIMErs know that we talk about assessment a lot. Assessment has always been the sexier older sibling to other major aspects of meded, such as curriculum. Assessment always gets the publications, the grants, the exam committees, the competence committees, the appeals, the lawyers, the Karolinska Prizes, the...

Oct 23, 2018

This is Lara Varpio's 5th 'Methods Consult' for KeyLIME. Today's discussion is in response to the Mangione paper reviewed in KeyLIME Episode 188.

As a PHD trained scientist working in the field, it is of Lara's opinion that her job is to help others gain the skills and expertise needed to engage in Health Professions...

Oct 16, 2018

Jonathan loves life-hacks. Today's paper is about electrical brain stimulation on medical students to improve technical skills !

Authors:  Ciechanski et al.

Publication details:  Effects of Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation on Neurosurgical Skill Acquisition: A Randomized Controlled Trial. World Neurosurg....

Oct 9, 2018

A narrative review chosen by Linda Snell on Assessment and Feedback, are they a risky recipe for learning.

"An amazing paper - everyone should read it" ~ Jason Frank.


Authors: Watling CJ, Ginsburg S.

Publication details: Assessment, feedback and the alchemy of learning.Med Educ. 2018 Aug 2  [Epub ahead of print]


Oct 2, 2018

In this paper the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, set out explore how core curriculum leaders in their school perceived the new pharmacy competency framework. 

Let us know what you think at

Authors:  Paradis E, Zhao R, Kellar J, Thompson A. 

Publication details:  How are...