All of the Directors of Sunshine Coast Medical Education are passionate about education.  We believe in the #FOAMed movement and we try to increase the exposure of articles, pod/vodcasts and other sources of information that we find interesting or at least thought provoking.

Good quality compressions are key!

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With three of the four Directors of Sunshine Coast Medical Education having been to Berlin for #DASSMACC (and Andy Beck presenting at a workshop!), we are madly listening to many of the talks from previous SMACC conferences. You will find some of the best on this page

Congratulations to Stacey for having a correspondence article published in Anaesthesia! Fatigue is an issue for all Critical Care specialities. Look after your colleagues!

For anyone looking for a bit of a summary of simulation, how it works, if it works and what are the pros and cons – here is an article that may help.  It is 5 years old now but it does give a good flavour. Simulation summary

Here is one from Peter Brindley – Teamwork the strongest drug in the hospital.  We found this an interesting talk as teamwork, and how to improve it, is very close to our hearts. Communication is one large part of teamwork.  Brindley talks about the effect of our communication on others in the team – even if we do not think that we are communicating! He highlights a randomised trial by Riskin et al. which looks at the effect of rudeness on the performance of the team.  How well do the teams that you work in debrief, evaluate and feedback after an incident or difficult patient?  Professor Brindley’s talk certainly raises some questions and asks you to think about the teams that you work in.  Enjoy!

Something that the SCME team try to do – “learning from excellence”.  Not only do we look at how we can improve our courses (and clinical work) we look at what we and others do that is excellent.  We then try to learn from this and incorporate this into our work.  Adrian Plunkett tells us how he has started this initiative in his workplace, in this podcast. He also has a website here.

In this podcast Simon Carley ask us – “are you as good as you think?”. In asking this question he allows us to ponder; how good are you? How do you know? How do you improve?

Here is a an idea from a TEDxGlasgow talk – “What Matters to me”.  Something that we should know about all of our patients? See the talk here.

Anyone have a presentation to write soon?  Have a look at the videos of some of the SMACC or TED presenters.  They are generally engaging, informative and fun.  Here is a webpage from R.E.B.E.L.em looking at presentations from their point of view.  Some interesting ideas and will help you avoid the dreaded – Death by PowerPoint!