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KeyLIME - Key Literature in Medical Education

Bringing you the main points of a medical education article in just 20 minutes.

Earn MOC credits under Section 2 for each podcast.

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Episode 201 – KeyLIME Holiday Special

In this episode: Today's KeyLIME Holiday Special is hosted by 3 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!
Authors: 1. Wigley C et al.,Santa’s little helpers: a novel approach to developing patient information leafletsBMJ 2017;359:(Jonathan Sherbino's pick)
2 a) Bartlett M. The gift of food and the utility of student feedback. Med Educ. 2018 Oct;52(10):1000-1002 (Jason Frank's pick)
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)
3. Ewers R. Boring speakers talk for longer.Correspondence Nature Vol 561. September 2018. (Linda Snell's pick)
Length: 22:35 min

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Episode 200 – When professional ideals meet human falibility

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Episode 199 – Messy Montessori Medicine"

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Episode 198 – There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation… (W Osler)

Length: 39:25 min

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About KeyLIME

Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) is a weekly podcast produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Articles that are important, innovative, or will impact your educational practice are discussed.

How do you keep up-to-date with the medical education literature?  How do you find the important articles, let alone have time to read and critique them?  In clinical medicine, the number-needed-to-read (NNR) is 14. You would need to read 14 articles from one of the top 20 clinical journals to find one methodological sound, clinically important manuscript! The NNR for medical education has not been calculated, but it’s likely as daunting.

KeyLIME does the work for you.  In each episode our hosts discuss, in about 10 minutes, the key points of a medical education article.

The KeyLIME podcasts are not specialty-specific. Listeners gain the advantage of hearing about valuable research that is published outside of top medical education journals or their own specialty-specific publication. In addition, each podcast earns listeners MOC credits under Section 2!

KeyLIME, the number-needed-to-listen is one.


The papers reviewed by KeyLIME are as eclectic as the medical education literature itself.

Articles are identified through:

  • a regular systematic scan of MEDLINE using the CanMEDS Roles as keywords
  • automated searches of the table of contents of the KeyLIME journal collection, which includes journals from clinical medicine, medical education, general education, and beyond…
  • key publications submitted by listeners

Articles are tagged for inclusion in the KeyLIME database. Articles are selected for a key review based on:

  • clinical importance
  • educational impact
  • methodological innovation

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The opinions and views expressed in the Key Literature in Medical Education podcast are not the views of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They belong solely to the individual reviewers.

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