Originally Posted by RustedFox
CLARIFICATION: An attending-only forum serves the distinct purpose of "demystifying" those who haven't learned at the foot of the real world. If the attendings are talking about it... its probably important... if the attendings dismiss it, or ridicule it.... well... take heed.
Still not seeing how a special VIP forum for attendings serves this purpose while the current solution cannot. How does a private forum "demystify" anything at all? No opportunity for students to ask follow-up questions? No way to take part in a discussion? It sounds like you would like students to be seen and not heard, and to simply "listen to the adults talk" and hope to learn what we can. What can we expect will happen to this main EM forum? Dilution of attending input, and unnecessary posts about other posts in the hopes that someone might be able to answer a follow-up question. This will do more harm than good.
Again, I think you are underestimating the value of student input. Not all of us are straight out of college, and you might be surprised to find out that students come from a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from which you might actually benefit. I cant imagine that if you, sitting on the internet browsing an forum about EM, have been an attending for so long that you can't stand to answer a few questions from students now and then. Even if they do break up whatever massively important discussion you have going on at the moment.