Compiled by Sarah Sonies
Welcome to the August edition of Chart Review. This month, we feature a collection of posts on the need for expanded pediatric research, changing roles and transitions in #meded, and how medical schools and students engage care communities, at home and abroad. Like what you read? Please feel free to cross-post Chart Review on your blog!
The Health Scout Blog
Over the past few months, there has been debate over physician shadowing, or preceptorship, specifically regarding whether it’s beneficial. Our new cartoonist, Dayla Munves, wrote a three-part post on her own blog about how to “Shadow Like a Boss.” Munves says the key to making the most of shadowing is to keep a flexible schedule and an open mind.
A recent article from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) lamented that, despite much of the advocacy for increased funding, awareness, and treatment for adult diseases, there is insufficient focus on pediatric diseases. Karan Chhabra examines what he terms a “systematic underinvestment in child health,” and notes that three key things will need to be addressed for more effective children’s research: knowledge, people, and incentives.
On this blog produced by the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), there is a touching profile of a community outreach teacher training program sponsored by the Center for Educational Outreach. Through a curriculum designed by faculty at BCM, science teachers at Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School were able to participate in training sessions where they learned new, interactive concepts to teaching that bumped science test scores in the school from the 17th to 88th percentile. The curriculum is versatile, allowing use of resources that are commonly found and cost-effective, so it can be implemented anywhere.
Burnt Orange Scrubs
This informative post on Burnt Orange Scrubs provides a guide to getting ready for the first round of medical school interviews, featuring tips on how to plan travel and logistics for the “interview trail.” This is another instance in which maintaining a flexible schedule can work to a prospective student’s advantage. The author recommends taking a schedule-as-you-go approach, planning travel as soon as an interview is scheduled, and getting lots of rest on the road.
As medical students spend their first two years of medical school studying academically to prepare for clinical medicine, developing and sharing study methods among peers is quite common. In the second of a three-part post, Ken Noguchi, a second-year MD/PhD student at the Medical University of South Carolina shares a study method called Anki that utilizes spaced repetition with a set of computerized flashcards with questions the user can develop themselves to test their knowledge in a certain subject area.
Loma Linda School of Medicine Medical Student Blog
Ryan, a third-year medical student at, blogs about his first week of third-year clinical rotations at Ohio’s Kettering Medical Center. Titled “My Learning Curve,” the post relates his experience handling a Code Blue on his second day. Although the first two years of medical school often prepare students for the knowledge background they’ll need during rotations, Ryan writes that not much had prepared him for the realities of life in a hospital. However, while the learning curve is steep in some cases, it reinforces a career choice for many students.
As the summer ends and a new school year begins, there will be new interns entering the hospital for the first time. Jeffrey MD reflects on spending the month of July specializing in Endocrinology, a consult service. It was his second month on a consult-only service, and there were many calls to field from interns. The author notes that, although consults often mean more work, they provide residents with opportunities to learn a lot about a specialty.
The Doctor’s Tablet
Sylvan Roger Maginley, Jr., MD is an endocrinology research fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Part of his work is to develop and implement ways to improve diabetes care at home in the Bronx. This past January, he travelled to Vellore, in southern India, to apply those lessons to a community abroad.
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.