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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 124 – Reality check… How Clinical Competency Committees REALLY work

In this episode: Jon presents an important paper that one day could be known as the archeology of CBME.
Hauer KE, Chesluk B, Iobst W, Holmboe E, Baron RB, Boscardin CK, Cate OT, O'Sullivan PS.
Journal: Reviewing residents' competence: a qualitative study of the role of clinical competency committees in performance assessment. Academic Medicine. 2015 Aug;90(8):1084-92
Length: 18:07 min

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Episode 123 –Help… my brain is full! How much can you remember in a handoff??

Length: 28:00 min

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Episode 122 –"Not everything that counts can be counted."

Length: 19:30 min

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Episode 121 –I Can See CLER-ly Now, the Data Is Here

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About KeyLIME

Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) is a bi-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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Northern Seaside by Motorama / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Additional Voice Over work by Jessica Séguin


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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