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Agents of Change

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD, MPH, MS

We held our 5th Annual UC Davis Quality Forum last month. In true pediatrician-style, as the Quality Forum turns five this year, let me reflect on some of our developmental milestones.

The Forum was conceived as a germ of an idea back in 2010 with the goal of enhancing the visibility of our local clinical quality improvement (QI) efforts. At that time, we thought it was a brilliant idea, of course. As 2011 grew closer, our nervousness as new parents grew and we realized that the risk of us falling flat on our faces was very real. I am glad to report that 25 whole abstracts were submitted that first year. About 60 committed people showed up. That was the year of many firsts. We started walking and talking, spreading the word to anyone who cared to listen. Learnt to follow directions from people across the health system, and understood the concept of “no”.

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Thoughts from a #MedSchool Professor on the End of the Academic Year


We have made it through another academic year. We will welcome the Class of 2015 into the fold of graduates (from undergraduate programs, medical school and other graduate programs). I always try to reflect on what has been surprising for me during this past academic year and what goals I will set for myself (as a professor and as a physician) for the upcoming year. I am reminded of my own graduation from medical school with my hopes and fears of the unknown aspects of starting the next chapter in my career/life. Now, many years out, I am very happy that I see that I have challenges ahead, goals ahead and things to reflect upon. Continue reading Thoughts from a #MedSchool Professor on the End of the Academic Year

Health Wearables and the Yeshwant Table

By Benjamin Robbins

Hundreds of people gathered in an event space in Google’s Cambridge, MA, office last month to demo the latest in health wearables and watch the final round of a health tech competition co-sponsored by Google, Anthem, MedTech Boston, and The event suggests  that we may be seeing a striking evolution of fitness-oriented health wearables to devices with the potential to improve patient care.

I’ll admit that I had relatively low expectations – imagining walking into a room full of devices designed to keep already-healthy people marginally more healthy. However, when I arrived I was struck by the number of knowledgeable medical experts who had built devices that seemed like they could truly help alleviate or prevent suffering caused by disease.

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Making Research Careers Sound Cool, Jimmy Kimmel-Style

By Samantha Ngooi, MPP, and Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

When we got an NIH grant last year to ascertain how teens could get their peers interested in research careers, we did not anticipate turning to Jimmy Kimmel for inspiration.

Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News” segment is notorious for asking unsuspecting pedestrians to share their opinions about ridiculous topics from a new “scented” iPhone to the “appointment” of Judge Judy to the U.S. Supreme Court. While the interviews are purely for amusement, at times they reveal an embarrassing lack of knowledge among members of the public, adding weight to the saying, “Don’t ask questions you don’t really want the answer to.” Continue reading Making Research Careers Sound Cool, Jimmy Kimmel-Style

Changing Health Care from the Front Lines

By Joanne Conroy, MD

There are hundreds of books published every year that make contributions to our collective knowledge, but very few of them create real impact. Many stop at the first step on the continuum that ranges from acquiring knowledge, understanding what to do with that knowledge to solve problems, and successfully implementing solutions. A new book can move engaged providers, patients, and policy makers through that important evolution.

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Wing of Zock “Chart Review” Blog Carnival, May 2015 Edition

By Alexander Bolt

chart_review (2)The days of doctors making home visits may have come and gone but the personal side of medicine is still with us. Humanism in medicine is a growing trend and it emphasizes maintaining the ability to connect with patients by remembering that we all experience pain and suffering. The following posts from April center around the vulnerable, human side of the medical profession, covering everything from how the new MCAT test has been revamped to vet aspiring doctors for more than just scientific knowledge, to the heart-wrenching eyewitness accounts of doctors who lost patients in spite of their best efforts.

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UF Radiology Residents Sharpen Skills in Simulator

By Alexander Bolt

The University of Florida College of Medicine is riding the trend of gamification in medical education, developing a new, real-time training simulation for radiology residents akin to a flight simulator. The program, “Simulation in Emergent and Critical Care Imaging,” simulates a typical call rotation in an emergency room.

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Reinventing the Third Year of Medical School at UCSF

By Jennifer J. Salopek

In the late 1990s, the Office of Medical Education at the University of California San Francisco Medical School realized that the third-year curriculum, largely unchanged since the late 1890s, had to be transformed. Ann Poncelet, MD, who headed up the task force charged with the work, offers a dismal look back:

“Under the old apprenticeship model, we had a fragmented learning environment that offered no authentic role for students or for patients,” she says. “The result was a loss of patient-centeredness and moral erosion: Bright, skilled, empathetic doctors were not coming out the other end.”

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