Happy New Year! We are positively effervescent about the possibilities for Wing of Zock as we enter our third year at the intersection of innovation and academic medicine. Here’s a roundup of posts from across the blogosphere as we kick off 2014:
Dr. Westby G. Fisher, clinical associate professor at Pritzker, wonders what would happen “If the Hunger Games Came to Medicine.” He crafts a frightening picture of a health care system so driven by performance metrics and payment reform—and so constrained by rigid rules—that care can barely be delivered to patients who need it vitally.
“Does a practicing physician need to be in the primary literature?” wonders Jeff Kraakevik on his blog, N.E.R.D. (Neuro Ed Research and Development) Alert. A self-described “former high school teacher who never quite left his educatpr days behind,” Kraakevik notes that the explosion of primary literature sources collides with time constraints in medical education, and wonders how realistic it is to continue to expect students to dig deeply into those sources before rounds.
For a different perspective on the business side of medical education, check out this post from David Sable: “Great calling, bad business plan: A hedge fund manager looks at medical education.” Although his argument is oversimplified, Sable does accurately detail the growing financial impact of medical education on students; and further emphasizes the importance of support of medical education as a public good. (This synopsis courtesy of @JoanneConroyMD.)
Over at The Biopsy: Musings on Modern Medicine, med student blogger Roheet Kakaday reports the responses he received when he asked, “If I started a business during medical school, would that look favorable on residency applications?” In his post “Entrepreneurialism and Medical School,” he wonders how authoring a single research paper could outweigh the initiative and hard work required to start a successful company.
Stanford Medicine X announces the creation of a new student leadership program designed to identify and nurture the next generation of student leaders in medicine and the allied health professions. Participants will have the opportunity to advise Stanford Med X planners about how to make programming more student inclusive. Deadline to apply for the program is January 20, 2014.
Scope, the sister blog of Stanford Medicine, features a post on “More reasons for doctors and researchers to take the social-media plunge.” Writer Michelle Brandt gives a shout-out to WOZ social media columnist Bryan Vartabedian as well as the AAMC’s new digital literacy curriculum toolkit that was unveiled at the Annual Meeting last month.
At Medical State of Mind, the site’s anonymous med-student blogger provides a comprehensive compendium of mobile apps (all iOS) for learning and patient care. Helpfully organized into categories, the list includes everything from a helpful anatomy resource to valuable ward tools such as Flashlight and a Starbucks locator.
If poetry’s your thing (or you just have an appreciation for brevity), check out this post from Derek Warnick on Confessions of a Medical Educator: “CME Haiku.” It features this deathless prose:
pew trust recommends
turn away industry funds
pay for it yourself
the other side says
why bite the hand that feeds us
we need these dollars
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.