Welcome to the July edition of Chart Review. This month’s series features a collection of posts on health care transformation, leadership in #meded, and the launch of a new health care innovation journal. Read on as we highlight our favorite June blog posts from #mhealth, #hcsm, and #meded. Like what you read? Please feel free to cross-post Chart Review on your blog!
Educate the Young/Transparent Health
Every year at the Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable and Summer Camp, a one-week program for med students sponsored by the MedStar Institute for Patient Safety, medical students have conversations about patient safety in academic medicine, and transforming health care quality. Blogger Tracy Granzyk relates some of the moving experiences she shared with this year’s attendees, but concludes: “I wonder, how long can the Telluride influence last if the culture of our care environments these amazing, but human, care providers return to, does not change to embrace rather than ostracize those who truly put patient-centered care before all other agendas?” Educate the Young’s sister blog, Transparent Health, has poignant reflections from a 2013 Telluride attendee on takeaways from the conference and implications for patient safety.
IHI Open School Blog
For 10 weeks this spring, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Open School for Health Professions ran a Q&A series on its blog with Don Berwick, MD, president emeritus and senior fellow at IHI and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, entitled “Ask Berwick.” In a series of video clips, Berwick addressed questions submitted by medical students all over the country. In the clip from Week 8, he says that anyone can drive improvement, no matter what their role, and that interprofessional collaboration is key.
A Thousand Points of Transformation
As college tuition rates continue to rise, they become more difficult for students to afford, especially at private institutions. Merit awards, scholarships, and some subsidized programs can create wide discrepancies in what students pay. Dr. James McDeavitt, chief academic officer of Carolinas HealthCare System, compares the issues higher education faces to those facing health care in America in his recent blog post, “Separated at Birth? Higher Education and Health Care.”
Common themes include disruptive innovators such as WalMart entering the primary care arena, massive open online courses (MOOCs), and a need to develop faculty leadership.
The Doctor’s Tablet
In 2012, Albert Einstein College of Medicine was awarded a two-year grant to teach social media professionalism in medicine. As part of the program, Ferris K. Timimi, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, was invited to speak at a faculty development session on health care and the adoption of social media. In a post previewing his lecture, Timimi encourages physicians and health care practitioners to look at social media as a tool to transform the practice of medicine and doctor-patient relationships. The health care world has been slow to adopt social networking tools due to concerns regarding privacy, efficiency, and workload prioritization. Timimi says that physicians shouldn’t seek to mitigate the “perceived risks” of social networking by eliminating participation in its entirety.
As another school year draws to a close, many intern classes receive the white coats and pagers that signify a new chapter. As part of this transition, interns must attend “intern boot camp,” or orientation. Rishi K, MD, an anesthesia intern, blogs about his experience in learning about triaging pages and addressing the most critical ones first. “I was innately paranoid about taking a systems-based approach,” he writes.
Laurel Hallock Koppelman, FNP, MN, addressed the Family Nurse Practitioner 2013 graduating class at Oregon Health and Science University, which shares her parting words of inspiration on the OHSU Student Speak blog. Koppelman reminds the members of the 2013 graduating class that while they are certainly part of a bigger objective, they should not disregard the years of hard work it took for them to get to graduation day. She encourages them to remember that they are part of something extraordinary with the ability to give a spectacular gift – putting the health and well-being of others at the center of their lives.
An Ounce of Evidence
Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation has arrived! The future of health care is changing, as initiatives seek to increase quality and safety of care as we work to reduce its cost. The Journal was developed to engender a conversation on transformation within the health care system. The first issue launched on June 21 and features introductions from Don Berwick, MD, president emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Jim Kim, MD, PhD, president of the World Bank. The blog post is authored by Ashish Jha, MD, who serves as one of the Journal’s senior editors-in-chief.
Chart Review is a monthly feature in which the editors at Wing of Zock highlight our favorite blog posts from the previous month. We focus on blogs about academic medicine, whether from the perspective of student, resident, faculty member, dean, or administrator. Medical schools and teaching hospitals provide fertile ground for innovative responses to health care challenges. We are pleased to highlight some of the best here, and hope you will send us your favorites as well.