Compiled by Jennifer J. Salopek and Sarah Sonies
February already? 2014 is flying by! While you hunker down in the last weeks of winter with some indoor activities and wait for the warm spring sun, here is a roundup of some of our favorite blog posts from January to add to your reading list.
Aspiring Docs Diaries reflects on how refreshing downtime can be before rush of a new year. While many students and faculty are moving full-throttle into the middle of the spring semester currently, this post serves as a good reminder to savor those calm moments with friends and family during weekends and holidays.
As the cost of medical education climbs, so does the debt that many students accrue. In order to make education more affordable and create more sustainable resources to educate future physicians, Westby Fisher, MD, calls for more disruptive ideas.
What if there were tailor-made loans specifically for medical students that adjusted for physicians’ comparatively low incomes post-graduation, in addition to their more reliable incomes later in their career? The team from Project Millennial discusses their thoughts from a recent Twitter chat on the stress of med student debt that turned into a real-time discussion on how to help alleviate the future costs of medical school.
Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, and Nicholas LaRusso, MD, former medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, got together for an “unexpected conversation” on implementing design thinking in health care. According to Brown, design thinking is suited for health care because of its frequent face-to-face and physical interactions.
As part of the “SMS Unplugged” series, Stanford Scope examines the shift away from voluminous textbooks. Instead, students are opting to add streamlined review books and digital resources, such as downloadable apps, to their reading diet. While textbooks aren’t yet going the way of the dinosaur, students are reporting that digital resources are increasingly helpful tools for retaining knowledge.
For emergency physicians seeking opportunities for board certification through fellowship programs, you will want to give this post on Academic Life in Emergency Medicine a look. The piece features fellowship application options, tips, and advice, with requirements for each program.
A May 2013 study from JAMA found that patients who were given the option to listen to music of their choosing showed a decrease in anxiety levels. Steve Klasko, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, writes that patients may enjoy calming music via bedside video feeds featuring live recordings by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Using an interactive patient care system, patients can access the performances anytime.
A post on Costs of Care highlights takeaways from the 2013 Lown Conference: From Avoidable Care to Right Care, which focused on topics such as eliminating harmful overuse of tests and treatments that often raise patient costs. The author proposes that cost awareness teaching should start not with medical residents, but with physicians and professors who lecture pre-clinical students, to ensure alignment in clinical practices from the start of physician training.
If you need a short break from hitting the books that will also give you a chuckle, Mike Cadogan of Life in the Fastlane brings us a post showing the six phases of musical choices while studying for medical exams.
On a final note, we would like to wish a very happy two-year anniversary to The Doctor’s Tablet, a blog brought to you by the Albert Einstein School of Medicine at Yeshiva University. Their anniversary post provides a round-up of their top posts and other notable events from 2013.
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.