The Price of Certainty in the ICU

Originally posted August 10, 2015 By Tom Peteet, MD Mr. J was as close to a typical sixty-year-old patient as possible, wary of doctors and selective in when he took his blood pressure medications. On a sunny Thursday, he woke up nauseated and called an ambulance. During evaluation in the emergency room, his blood pressures … Continue reading The Price of Certainty in the ICU

Rice Design Thinking Students Unveil Solutions at Final Critique

Third in a series By Jennifer J. Salopek Over the course of the spring semester, we at Wing of Zock have been following with interest the progress of a group of students at Rice University. These students, all Rice undergrads but not all pre-meds, enrolled in an English course called the Medical Media Arts Lab. … Continue reading Rice Design Thinking Students Unveil Solutions at Final Critique

Rice Students Refine Their Design Solutions to Health Care Problems

Second in a series By Jennifer J. Salopek Last month, I reported on an innovative undergraduate English course at Rice University that introduces medical students to design thinking and inspires them to apply its principles to health care problems. I introduced you to Michael Fisch, MD, chair of the Department of General Oncology at the … Continue reading Rice Students Refine Their Design Solutions to Health Care Problems

Innovative Undergrad Course at Rice: Applying Design Thinking to Health Care Problems

First in a series By Jennifer J. Salopek Three weeks ago, at a restaurant in Houston, the solution to a major health care problem may have germinated. Around a table were gathered Michael Fisch, MD, chair of the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and four undergraduates who … Continue reading Innovative Undergrad Course at Rice: Applying Design Thinking to Health Care Problems

Displaying the Price of Tests Makes Docs Think Twice

By Scott Harris During any shopping trip, an item found without a price tag seems to be followed inevitably by the old quip that “if there’s no price, it must be free.” The joke’s ubiquity might speak to an inherently human tendency to simply ignore the cost if it’s not clearly marked—and you’re not the … Continue reading Displaying the Price of Tests Makes Docs Think Twice

Helping Babies Breathe: Resident Spotlight at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Part two of a five part series on the 2014 AAMC Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Pilot Award Winners ___________________________________________________________ Several years ago in Brazil, medical student Anatalia Labilloy witnessed a newborn die in the delivery room when the care team could not properly perform neonatal resuscitation. The experience left an indelible memory with her. She was early … Continue reading Helping Babies Breathe: Resident Spotlight at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Remove the Filters To Expand Your Vision of Medical Education

Originally posted September 26, 2015 By Steven M. Christiansen, MD Let me share with you a few insights so far on Stanford Medicine X 2015 (MedX), but first, let’s talk about colored filters, how our individual filters blind our perspective, and why we must remove our individual filters in order to make the most of Medicine … Continue reading Remove the Filters To Expand Your Vision of Medical Education

I Didn’t Need a Mentor. Did I?

 By Sarah Bryczkowski, MD What is mentorship? According to the dictionary, a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor.” Mentor is synonymous with adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant, etc. As a verb, to mentor means to “advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).” A mentor is “someone who teaches or gives help and advice … Continue reading I Didn’t Need a Mentor. Did I?