Wing of Zock “Chart Review” Blog Carnival, August 2014 Edition

By Sarah Sonies

chart_review (2)How did that Abba song go? No, not that one. “If you change your mind…” Yep, that’s it. The song is about taking chances and pursuing a long-time love. In the case of this month’s post from Aspiring Docs, one former journalist decided to make a career switch to medicine to follow his passion for helping people heal physically and emotionally. The post takes a look at options for medical-school hopefuls with non-science backgrounds and maintains that applying to medical school later in life does not leave students at a disadvantage, but rather can provide a unique experience for all.

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) presents its new series, “How I Work Smarter,” where individuals are invited to share their practices about being more efficient in time management and filtering information overload. Esther Choo, MD, assistant professor in the emergency department at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, shares her strategies for a smart workday, including how she saves time in the ED and her favorite office efficiency tip.

Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD, shares several examples of medical curricula and learning modules for more realistic medical-student training on his blog, Science Roll. For example, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, developed a kit of 3D-printed anatomical body parts to improve knowledge in a way that blends simulation with hands-on (pun intended) learning. The kits are made by scanning real anatomical specimens with either a CT or surface laser scanner; the body parts are 3D-printed in plastic and then made into kits for anatomy lessons.

On Baltimore to Beijing, Steven J. Thompson, chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) predicts that the future of health care globalization will focus on collaborations between public and private health care organizations, with investors playing a key role. Collaborators will develop clinical programs that foster worldwide innovation among all players in the health care field. According to Thompson, major opportunities lie in training people for increased use of remote technologies for coordinated clinical care. Interested in how remote technologies can help improve care at home as well as abroad? Check out our post on the current telehealth landscape.

These next two posts examine patient communication and human connections in the education and clinical care settings. The Doctor’s Tablet details how a program designed by two Einstein medical students known as PACt, the Patient Advocate Connection, seeks to improve patient care and strengthen human relationships in the Bronx by connecting first- and second-year medical students with patients facing numerous social and economic hardships, and the result of these 18-month partnerships.

At Scope Medical Blog, Moises Gallegos, a Stanford medical student, shares how his recent rotation at a county hospital with a diverse and struggling population reminded him of the importance of diversity and empathy in medicine. Gallegos writes that diversifying the application process in order to enable students from all walks of life to apply to medical school will lead students to learn from each other and generate a shared frame of reference to improve the delivery of health care.

Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s innovation blog offers a video from its TEDx Longwood event on listening and the patient experience. Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN, co-founder and director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, expressed that kind words from a doctor or nurse who takes the time to be “present” will stand out in patients’ minds long after they leave the hospital.

Lastly, the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, in partnership with the Yale School of Management, produced a video that discusses how to balance wide-scale innovation in order to introduce large ideas for change, with small, incremental innovation that builds on ideas already present is critically important to foster current talent, build a future workforce, and achieve overarching transformation that will affect the quality of the health care experience for the better.

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.