I often listen to books on CD during long trips in the car. They’re a great way to catch up on reading and provide the added bonus of letting me avoid the mind-numbing “hit list” of pop tunes on the radio.
After a trip that flew by while I laughed to Tina Fey’s Bossypants (worthy of a future post if I can figure out to link it to health care), I tried another nonfiction selection from my local library: Drive by Daniel Pink. Pink worked as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and from 1995 to 1997, he was chief speechwriter for VP Al Gore. He graduated from Yale Law School and has written five best-selling management books. His 2009 TED talk on “the puzzle of motivation” is one of the 10 most-watched.
By Robert Fogerty, MD
Residency is like the adolescence of medical training. Residents are testing boundaries, learning their limits, and developing their diagnostic and therapeutic skills. Much like a young bear learning to fish, residents learn by doing under the close supervision of a faculty physician. Mama bear won’t let her cub starve and faculty won’t let the residents cause harm. When given the chance, however, residents will push those boundaries to the limits in an attempt to best each other. They are, inherently, competitive creatures. Much like the proud bear with a big salmon, the resident with the rarest diagnosis or the most abnormal lab value becomes the alpha doctor. At Yale School of Medicine, we leverage this competitive atmosphere to engage residents in learning and education.
By Dalya Munves @thehealthscout
By Ajay Major and Aleena Paul
On the first evening of the AAMC 2013 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, actors from The Center for the Application and Scholarship of Theater in Medicine showcased “Milestones,” a production chronicling the journey of Dr. J. Smith from her first day of medical school to her third year of residency. The audience watched as Dr. Smith transformed from a blissfully optimistic but naive medical student to an overwhelmed physician, unable to cope with the stressors in her life and acting unprofessionally towards her colleagues. The circumstances behind this transformation were all too familiar to the medical students in the audience: the overwhelming volume of knowledge to be gained, the family members who don’t understand long nights spent at the hospital, and the constant, biting fear of inadequacy. In the discussion following the play, it was heartening to hear faculty stressing the importance of the humanities in maintaining compassion and empathy as medical students tread the arduous path to becoming physicians.
By Jennifer J. Salopek
Welcome to Chart Review, Wing of Zock’s monthly roundup of the best posts from academic medicine blogs. Our selections this month include shout-outs to several new blogs we’ve recently discovered, and are organized along the medical education continuum (sort of).
As prospective med students are beginning to consider the schools to which they might apply, the blog from Tour for Diversity in Medicine offers a post with advice for graduates of historically black colleges and universities. Shawnita Briggs, now a med student at Virginia Commonwealth University, writes, “You should be proud to be a part of a legacy that your ancestors fought for. Regardless of what others say about you or the school you went to, as long as you know that you will succeed AND are willing to put forth the work, nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams.” Inspiration indeed.
By Shana Sandberg
Recent news reports of record numbers of applicants and enrollees at the nation’s medical schools have drawn attention to the future physician workforce. But questions remain as to whether the United States will have enough physicians to fill shortages exacerbated by the expansion of insurance coverage and by an aging population that increasingly suffers from chronic disease. Can transformations in training, payment, and care delivery help to solve our growing health care needs?
By Atul Grover, MD
At the 2013 AAMC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, I was inspired to hear how members at our medical schools and teaching hospitals are coming up with innovative strategies for improving the health care system, while at the same time they are struggling to stay out of the crosshairs of progress-stifling federal budget cuts.
InsureBlog’s Hank Stern has posted the “Pre-Thanksgivukkah” edition of Health Wonk Review, which includes the November Pattern Analysis column by Dr. Jim Lewis, “The Medical School Class of 2025.” Stern writes,
Something that a lot of folks haven’t really thought through is “Where are all the new docs going to come from?” After all, these newly-insured folks will need someone from whom to actually receive care. Over at Wing of Zock, Jim Lewis notes that students just entering high school would graduate from medical school in 2025, and they’ll have access to diagnostic and clinical tools likely even unimagined today. But where will they complete their residency training? The answers may surprise you.
By Melinda Rogers
Could incorporating the philosophy of “hot spotting”—taking the time to better understand what’s going on in the lives of patients who chronically end up in the hospital and frequently access health care—cut overall health care costs while setting patients on the path to a healthier life?
By Ulfat Shaikh, MD
Originally posted November 7, 2013
A recent visit to Scotland, prompted me to complete a wee dissertation on gastronomic options in the country for non–meat-eaters. As you might imagine, my pro-haggis friends and colleagues were dismayed and a little amused when my research unearthed the vegetarian haggis.