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Mads Astvad

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RIP, Leonard Cohen.

What a horrendous year so far, 2016, on so many fronts.

Here's to opening our hearts and minds and building a better world not on hate, denial and dumbing down, but on love, generousity, curiosity of mind and meeting 'the other' compassionately.

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Want to improve your presentations?

Why not have presentation master Ross Fisher help you?

Join us for a full day course in Copenhagen, 14th January.

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Next up in our series with experts on simulation is is Jenny W Rudolph from Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard. Enjoy!

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A succint and good basic presentation from Veratasium on some of the many difficulties facing science progress including EBM.

Select related reading:

Reddit AMA on topic: (note use of Winnower - would keep an eye on this platform)

2005 landmark paper by Ioannidis:

On the chocolate study (designed to highlight issue):

Perner and Myburgh on irreproducibility (sadly paywalled):

Time lag in translating evidence to bedside:

Thoughts on future of medical publishing from participants on SMACCdub panel on same issue.
- Richard Smith
- Simon Carley:

SciHub - the Napster of medical publishing:

Entertaining mock of current science coverage by the media by John Oliver:

Amusing 'study' that got accepted for publication, highlighting pay-to-publish OA issues:

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Sandra Viggers' talk from #smaccDUB  is out now on Enjoy.

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Amazing experience at SMACC last week. One particularly interesting session was on the changing publishing landscape with participation from #FOAMed  proponents like prof. Simon Carley and once BMJ editor Richard Smith. NEJM editor Jeff Drazen was brave enough to enter the lion's den. Very interesting, but not enough time to cover finer points.

If like me you find this fascinating you'll enjoy this post by Richard Smith where he elaborates on his SMACC experience and his position which I favour.

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Dear all. I attended the teaching course in NYC in november '15. Which was great! And I would recommend it to everybody - it currently seems to possibly be coming to Copenhagen in the summer of 17.

Anyway, I was tasked to give a talk to my unit today and try to convey my key take homes from the course.

Apart from the obvious impossibility of presenting any meaningful synopsis in 20minutes of a 4 day work shop heavy course, the fundamental issue I find is that in this FOAM era, the content is pretty much up on the interweb for all to see already.

Furthermore, the key learning points have already been shared and digested online in real time during the course on twitter and other platforms. Case in point, twitter had 700 active participants round the hasttag #TTCNYC15 during the conference of which only 73 were physically present as delegates. The 4000 tweets or so are still available and hold a many great references and educational nuggets.

Am I alone in finding there's a schism between different generations and how we disseminate knowledge?? I think it's hugely challenging to bridge this gap to be honest.

Having talked about this (and a bit about the prospects of generating content from our shores on I referred the audience to a compilation of content from the course that others may find interesting. So much good content.

Ken Milne: Teaching EBM so it doesn't suck

Natalie May: How to make awesome presentations

Natalie May: How to be a better learner
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

Simon Carley: Educational theories you need to know about

Simon Carley et al: Session on getting feedback right

Jesse Spurr, resource page om Goal directed simulation training

Weingart: Presentation mastery

Weingart: John Hinds memorial lecture

George Willis: Teaching medical students

Related resource:
p3 (p cubed) - Ross Fisher's (@ffoliet) approach to presentation

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6S trialists having a bit of fun 😊

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If you do quality improvement science or work, here's the handy Star Wars guide to types of people you might face trying to bring about change.
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