By Sarah Sonies
Welcome to the newest edition of Chart Review. The online academic medicine community was very active in February, generating posts on mobile technology, patient connections, physician well-being, and more. Happy reading from Wing of Zock!
Smartphones can serve as treatment and information aides for patients and physicians, but their presence in hospitals can be noisy and distracting. To combat this, Albert Einstein Medical School has instituted a smartphone policy in the departments of medicine and pediatrics during inpatient attending rounds. A blog post from The Doctor’s Tablet highlights how to institute policies and guidelines to promote professionalism in smartphone use while maximizing the benefits for patient care.
Next up are two posts looking at the day-to-day challenges residents and med students face in their time with patients and their practice. OHSU Student Speak contributor and fourth-year med student Andy Dworkin observes how an unforgettable interaction with a patient serves as a reminder to ask patients about their everyday lives in order to make them feel more comfortable. A thought-provoking piece from Mothers in Medicine discusses some challenges residents face and how some experiences lead to lasting memories and inspiration.
An article from the online medical student magazine, in-Training, looks at frequent fliers in the health care system from three perspectives. The author proposes some ways medical students and clinicians can work together not only to help these patients navigate the system but avoid it in future.
Many fourth-year medical students have spent the past year traveling to residency interviews all over the country. As we enter the final countdown to Match Day March 21, a post from medical student Catherine Spaulding on Kevin MD sums up both the anticipation and nervousness many med students feel in the days leading up the Match.
A post from the ABIM Foundation blog highlights a new JAMA Internal Medicine article on a randomized intervention trial designed to strengthen physician resilience and prevent burnout. According to the article, participants received time away from clinical duties to participate in 19 biweekly small discussion groups on such topics as personal and professional balance, meaning in work, and coping with medical mistakes. The physicians who participated in these group wellness sessions demonstrated a greater sense of engagement and well-being at work.
The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation blog posted a video on managing innovation in clinical settings. The video was originally produced by the Yale School of Management and highlights some of the challenges and learning opportunities of fostering innovation among clinicians. The post notes that the video hits home when it illustrates the point that every clinical department in every health system has varying communication styles, but those differences enable innovation to flourish.
Stanford Medical School student Moises Humberto Gallegos writes about his childhood in a family of immigrants and how he found himself drawn to health care. His parents’ struggles as laborers during his childhood in California led to his desire to help underserved populations. This post is part of the SMS Unplugged series recently launched by Scope. More posts from the series can be found here.
That’s all for this month, folks! Stay tuned for a very special April Chart Review featuring blog posts from students and clinicians about Match Day.
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.