Engaging Medical Education Scholars with a Twitter Conference

Interested in hosting your own medical education event but limited in resources? A Twitter Conference may be an alternative to the traditional gathering.

“The Education Innovation Institute (EII) of Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, hosted a conference on Twitter about Professional Identity Formation (PIF), #MCGConf2021PIF, on February 25, 2021. The conference featured five presentations by 15 authors from Canada and the U.S.A Twitter conference is a versatile, affordable, and accessible digital option for medical education groups interested in diversifying conference offerings and reaching a broader audience. It was low-cost, organized in six months, and garnered over 9,000 Twitter impressions. Small networks and interest groups can organize Twitter conferences for their constituencies and larger conference organizations can host online mini-conferences to supplement in-person events.”

More on Engaging medical education scholars with a Twitter conference on professionalism and professional identity formation via CMEJ.

Sleep & Healthy Aging

You are invited to the UBC’s Department of Family Practice December Research Rounds!

Presentation Title: Is Sleep the Keystone of Healthy Aging?
Presenter: Dr Adam Spira, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
When: December 1, 2021 at 12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific (Vancouver) Time
Where: Zoom: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/64039045523?pwd=bXJuWUhyZ05xS0tMSXpKdWNsRmtKQT09

Talk Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Adam Spira will highlight research tying disturbed sleep to cognitive and functional decline and Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in later life, and discuss implications of sleep health for older adults’ overall health and well-being. 

Speaker Biography: Dr Adam Spira is Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Faculty in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He studies links of sleep with health outcomes in later life, including cognitive and functional decline, and Alzheimer’s disease pathology. 

COP26: Meet the Scientists

“While politicians negotiated climate pledges at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, scientists of all stripes provided advice and presented the latest climate data. Nature spoke to a range of them about their research, their participation in the meeting, and what solutions they think the world needs.”

Learn more about COP26 and the scientists behind the crucial climate summit via Nature.

Frequency and Duration of Boarding for Pediatric Mental Health Conditions

“Emergency department (ED) visits for pediatric mental health conditions increased by 60% from 2007 to 2016.1 A shortage of psychiatric beds for youths requiring hospitalization may result in boarding, defined by the Joint Commission as “the practice of holding patients in the ED or another temporary location after the decision to admit or transfer has been made.”2 The Joint Commission has recommended a boarding duration of less than 4 hours to support patient safety and health care quality.2 However, no national studies have quantified the extent of pediatric mental health boarding.3 This study estimates the frequency and duration of boarding for pediatric mental health conditions at US acute care hospitals and describes hospital resources available to support youths during the boarding period.”

Read more about their findings on Frequency and Duration of Boarding for Pediatric Mental Health Conditions at Acute Care Hospitals in the US via JAMA.

Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions in Older Adults

“Our review showed a significant benefit of physical activity interventions of various types on certain outcomes including mobility, ADLs, cognitive function, quality of life and frailty when compared to control groups in frail adults aged 65 years or more. The effect sizes ranged from small to large, with low to moderate certainty of evidence. When we looked at all physical activity interventions together, there was a large effect on frailty, a medium effect on quality of life, ADLs and mobility, and a small effect on cognitive function.

Previous systematic reviews and meta-analyses have been conducted to evaluate various physical activity interventions and their outcomes related to frailty prevention, progression and reversal, but few have used such an explicit inclusion criterion for prefrailty or frailty, or combined individual measurements of outcomes (such as muscle strength and gait speed) into overall effect estimates (such as physical performance) to allow for a more robust presentation of the results. However, frailty itself was measured infrequently, both at baseline and after the intervention. The authors of only 4 of the 23 studies that we meta-analyzed reported frailty outcomes after the intervention, 3 of which were mixed physical activity interventions. When compared to control, these interventions showed a large effect size, with moderate certainty of evidence, similar to other reviews; however, the GRADE approach was not used in any of those reviews, and only 2 included a meta-analysis of outcomes.”

More on the Effectiveness of physical activity interventions in older adults with frailty or prefrailty: a systematic review and meta-analysis via CMAJ.

Impact of COVID-19 on postgraduate medical education in British Columbia

“Residency training programs, hospitals, and Canadian medical education at large recognized these issues, and many positive solutions emerged. The pandemic occurred at a time when many programs were already shifting toward competency-based medical education (CBME), in which training focuses on attaining skill-based milestones rather than traditional time-based requirements. During COVID-19, many training programs embraced the spirit of CBME, espousing flexibility by modifying existing policies to compensate for missed training time because of, for example, redeployment or illness. [10] In addition, many educational opportunities were transitioned to effective virtual formats, as described below. Hence, although many residents experienced the loss of valued learning opportunities, educational adaptations that emerged from the pandemic may continue to benefit future generations of trainees.”

More on Impact of COVID-19 on postgraduate medical education in British Columbia via BCMJ.

Make Yourself A Hard Target

“’When something is communicable from person to person, then my having the infection is a risk factor for you,’ he explains. ‘That also means we have the potential for exponential growth. So it’s important that we think about this socially—not just about our individual protection but about how we protect others and also how everyone makes our community a hard target.’” ~ DR. DAVID PATRICK, PROFESSOR, UBC SCHOOL OF POPULATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Read more about How to make yourself a hard target for communicable diseases via UBC Beyond.