Wing of Zock “Chart Review” Blog Carnival, October 2013 Edition

chart_review (2)By Jennifer J. Salopek

Ahh, fall. Crisp air, clear skies, and the excitement and dread that a new school year brings. First up in this month’s Chart Review is a post by Leanna, a fourth year medical student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. In “Fancy Advice,” she shares some of her most important lessons learned with newer medical students, including warnings about emotional exhaustion and eating healthfully during rotations.

Deirdre Bonnycastle, the clinical teaching coordinator at the University of Saskatchewan School of Medicine, writes a medical education blog in which she treats all manner of topics, including the flipped classroom, social media, and so on. She began the new school year with this post, “Creating a Culture of Disclosure,” in which she notes, “A culture of disclosure is built around foundations of acknowledgement of mistakes, goals of self-improvement, and patient centeredness becoming normalized in medical school.”

At Medicine from the Trenches, the author is “a physician who remembers her thoughts and ramblings from medical school too well.” She devotes her September post to exhorting medical students that it’s never too early to begin thinking about residency applications, and provides comprehensive, step-by-step advice tailored to students in each year of medical school.

On Sidenote, blogger Ken, a student at the Medical University of South Carolina, shares detailed instructions for making flash cards using an app called Anki.

Derek Warnick, a consultant, blogs at Confessions of a CME Guy. In his September 23 post, he tees up the idea of CMEpalooza, “a conference for CME/CE professionals that lets anyone talk about anything, anyway they want.” He plans to hold it via Google Hangout and is anxious for input and feedback. You can comment on the site or email him directly at

The anonymous author of Burnt Orange Scrubs, a medical student in Texas, chronicles “A Day in the Life of a General Surgery Resident.” One key takeaway: “I was enlightened to the fact that not everyone gets cured after surgery like I thought was the case… Surgery might seem to have more victories in it than internal medicine for example, but there are many patients who still suffer.”

University of Minnesota Rochester student Rachelle, an aspiring health system administrator, had the opportunity to attend the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation’s TRANSFORM event in September; she blogs about it on My UMR Story. She writes:

The most valuable piece of information I gained from this experience was from a member of the “Digging In” session I attended. She believes that right now, we have the power and the opportunity to rewrite the US health care system. We are starting from a blank slate, and the power of change is in our hands.

Scope, the blog from Stanford Medicine, features a post describing SICKO, a web-based game that helps surgeons practice decision-making. The game is the result of a collaboration between a faculty member, a student, and a resident, teaches doctors how to identify and treat sepsis in a safe simulation environment.

At Mothers in Medicine, “Mommabee,” a pediatric intern somewhere in the American South, describes her first rotation in the PICU in “My Brain Doesn’t Work Like This.” Her heart is on her sleeve as she describes how emotionally draining the experience has been.

On Academic Life in Internal Medicine, Nikita Joshi, MD, gets back in touch with her grade-school self as she describes how paper mache can be used to make simple, low-cost simulation manikins.

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. As always, we encourage cross posting.