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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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May 4, 2021

Episode length: 39:07

Voting for Methodology and Educational Impact: 30:13

Author: Naji et. al.

Publication: Global prevalence of burnout among postgraduate medical trainees: a systematic review and meta-regression

CMAJ Open. 2021 Mar 8;9(1):E189-E200.

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Jason R. Frank: @drjfrank 


Aug 18, 2020

Episode Length: 18:32

This is #4 the Best of KeyLIME for the Summer months of 2020.

Episode 188 was originally aired on Sept 18, 2018.

Linda's selected paper tests the hypothesis that medical students with higher exposure to the humanities would report higher levels of positive physician qualities.

Authors: Mangione...

Jan 21, 2020

Episode Length: 26:50

Author: Hu et. al.,

Publication:  Discrimination, Abuse, Harassment, and Burnout in Surgical Residency Training N Engl J Med. 2019 Oct 31;381(18):1741-1752 

This paper examines self-reported mistreatments among US General Surgery residents. 

"Could be paper of the year" Jonathan Sherbino


Sep 3, 2019

Episode 206 was originally aired in February 2019 and was a big hit with KeyLIMErs. This Episodes starts with a few out-takes from the last year - we hope you enjoy them.

Episode total length is : - 22:25

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Authors: Panagioti, et al,. 

Publication details: Panagioti,...

Feb 5, 2019


Jason selects an important paper on Physician burnout and how concerns have reached a strident pitch

Authors:  Panagioti, et al,.

Publication details: Association Between Physician Burnout and Patient Safety, Professionalism, and Patient Satisfaction A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis JAMA Intern...