Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Parzival's iClickEM: Our Opportunity to Improve Emergency Medicine

On Monday, December 9th, Parzival will be releasing 1,000 access codes to the closed beta version of it’s EM-specific search engine, iClickEM.  

iClickEM is an opportunity to improve the way we as an EM community share knowledge.

It is a tool created for you, and the content is made by you: the site will host all EM knowledge on the entirety of the Internet that is relevant to the EM provider.  This knowledge will be delivered by powerful artificial intelligence which grows smarter with every use.  The more EM physicians who use it, the better the results will become.  Each time you and your colleagues use iClickEM, you will help one another find more relevant results to your search queries.

In order to make real change, I’ve teamed up with an incredibly talented team to create a company called Parzival.  Our members share a vision and passion that we can improve the way medical education is delivered.

Parzival has created specialized search engines for every field of medicine.  We will start with what I know best, and what I love most - Emergency Medicine.  We’ve spent a lot of talent, time and money on the production of iClickEM, but we promise, iClickEM will always be free to the user.

In this vein, we will be releasing 1,000 access codes to the closed beta version on Monday, December 9th, 2013.  If you want a code, please sign up at iclickem.com, and you will be issued a code to become part of Parzival’s iClickEM beta community.  

As a beta member, your opinions and suggestions will be invaluable toward making this product work for all of us.  If you encounter a bug, an error message, or have a thought on how to make iClickEM work better for you and your colleagues, use the suggestion box provided on the site.  Again, your opinion will help make the product better for all of us.

To me, Parzival and iClickEM represent an opportunity to change our world for the better.  If this experiment works, EM will lead medicine in harnessing the power of the Internet to be better at patient care, more efficient at our professional pursuits, and more creative with our teaching of one another.  Our community will share knowledge more efficiently than any other in the world.

I look forward to changing our world together,

Timothy C. Peck, MD

Friday, March 1, 2013


The Council of Residency Directors (CORD) in Emergency Medicine is next week in Denver.  This year's hot-button topic is the Milestones, the foundation of a new outcomes-based resident evaluation process.

I'll be presenting a research abstract called, "How Do Practicing Emergency Attendings Self-Evaluate on the Emergency Medicine Milestones?" at the Milestones Bootcamp session on March 6th.  It is a study which attempts to begin the process of independently validating the milestones.

As part of its Next Accreditation System, the ACGME commissioned committees to draft, endorse, and implement specialty specific milestones.  For EM, what ensued was a collaborative step wise process to create milestones which centered around the clear definition of what would be come to be known as Level 4, the minimum standard of competency needed to graduate residency and practice emergency medicine successfully.  The EM milestones will be used to track resident progress by residency programs beginning in the 2013 academic year. 

We have begun to attempt validation of the ACGME EM Milestones.  We will be recruiting representatives from residencies across the country to partner with us to explore the creation of a multicenter effort to continue to study the Milestones.  We will have a sign up after the talk on March 6th as well as at the poster session.

If you're interested in validating the milestones, post a comment or let's meet at CORD.


Timothy Peck

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Web 3.0

Many in academic medicine have not yet accepted the values of the social media revolution.  Many tell me that it is clumsy, disjointed, and the dilution of information makes that information less valuable.  Although my instinct is to be defensive of this medium in which I function, I unfortunately cannot disagree with these sentiments.

The other day I went to see Samuel Shem speak.  For those of you not familiar, he is the author of House of God which was a pivotal tell all semi-fiction novel about his intern year at Beth Israel in Boston.