Category Archives: Leadership

Physician Filmmaker Documents One of America’s Busiest ERs in Code Black

By Sarah Sonies

There are few places of such constant drama and excitement as a hospital emergency room. Crowded with patients awaiting urgent care, Los Angeles County Hospital’s ER is one of the busiest.

Code Black, a documentary directed by ER doc and first-time filmmaker Ryan McGarry, MD, highlights the physicians fighting to save lives in one of the largest public hospitals in the country. Continue reading Physician Filmmaker Documents One of America’s Busiest ERs in Code Black

Health Care Social Media Review

By Jennifer J. Salopek

Screen shot 2012-02-22 at 10.07.49 AM_1We at Wing of Zock are very pleased to host our first edition of Health Care Social Media Review. This roundup of blog posts treating different aspects at the intersection of health care and social media is wide-ranging, both in terms of topic and origination point. However, as a blog about innovation in academic medicine, we are naturally drawn to posts that deal with medical education and professionalism.

Via Health Care Social Media Monitor, Marie Ennis O’Connor offers “Medical Students: Here’s How to Manage Social Media.” Rendered as an infographic, this thoughtful guide urges readers through such steps as: See for Yourself; Get Rid of What You Don’t Like; Go Off the Grid; and Don’t Be a Comedian (Unless You Are a Comedian). All sound advice that medical students would do well to heed.

Howard Luks, MD, penned “The Great Untapped Opportunity for Doctors on Social Media” for a May 23 post on The Doctor Blog. Noting that “recognition of social media’s value propositions have come slowly in health care,” Luks exhorts health care professionals to engage and communicate patients via social media. He writes:

By passing up this opportunity, we are missing the chance to help clear misinformation and doubts. When we make use of social media, we can put content forth in a manner that is easy to absorb, easy to understand, and easy to use. We can create an online knowledge core that addresses most of their basic questions. This is, in my view, what the patient segment of the social media healthcare audience requires most.

In “What an EMR Built on Twitter Would Look Like,” David Do, MD, resident physician at the University of Pennsylvania and chief technology officer at Symcat, offers the bold prediction that doctors will follow patients on Twitter to get real-time updates on patients’ health. In his post on The Health Care Blog, he notes that many physicians are unhappy with EMRs, finding them inefficient, redundant, and unreliable. On the other hand, social media can help organize immense amounts of information. Do offers a graphic mockup of a live-feed EMR and describes the ways it can improve on existing EMRs. Continue reading Health Care Social Media Review

Unexpected Collaborations

Originally posted on the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation blog May 21, 2014

By Francesca Ripple

Yesterday I watched a video that went viral and I thought to myself, “Now, that’s innovation!” I might be the only person out of 6 million people who saw this impromptu jam session as an analogy for innovation, but here is why.

Innovation is all about unexpected combinations and collaborations that can create new value. We are often asked by people who visit us at the Center For Innovation how to create and foster innovation; how can they replicate the secret sauce? And while we can create the spaces and the opportunities that support innovation, it’s the magic of the creatives – the people – that makes all the difference. The guitarist, Jese Raya, was just ‘doing his thing’ (as he usually does) when unexpectedly a passerby heard something that inspired him to stop and collaborate. Continue reading Unexpected Collaborations

Lean On: The “Social Admissions” Advantage for Medical School

By Roheet Kakaday

As a premed student in college, I was perpetually haunted by the specter of a perfect medical school application. What did it look like? Which activities did it include? How high were its scores? Searching for information from a variety of sources, it seemed that the perfect application consisted of a 4.0 GPA, an MCAT score of at least 38, extracurricular activities that include at least a couple of leadership positions, honors, awards, and more.

Why? Because it fits the archetype of the perfect premed: a student who enjoys the opportunity to pick the medical school he or she wishes to attend. Continue reading Lean On: The “Social Admissions” Advantage for Medical School

Resident Physicians Serve as Educators in Bronx Community Outreach Program

By Sarah Sonies

Among New York State counties, the Bronx has some of the poorest health outcomes. National data show that the Bronx lags behind in areas such as childhood obesity, pediatric asthma, and overall pediatric health.

The commonality of these conditions and high rates of hospital readmissions led resident physicians of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) to create the Healthy Bronx Initiative in order to address the underlying causes of pediatric obesity and pediatric asthma, two of the major public health concerns in the Bronx. Continue reading Resident Physicians Serve as Educators in Bronx Community Outreach Program

Aditazz’s Big Idea: Innovate Hospital Design to Lower Health Care Costs

By Susan Xu

Do you know how many steps a nurse walks every day in your hospital? How many trauma cases happened on the highway near your hospital in the past 10 years? How about the demographic trends or disease occurrence trends in your service area? According to Ajit Singh Ph.D., considering these factors can contribute to optimized hospital design that saves time and money. Continue reading Aditazz’s Big Idea: Innovate Hospital Design to Lower Health Care Costs

Balancing the Ethical with the Financial in Medical Research Funding

By Philip A. Cola

The United States government allocates billions of dollars annually to training physician scientists and funding medical research. But what are the ethical and motivational considerations of the scientific knowledge transfer necessary to advance the clinical practice of medicine, known as translational medicine? Naturally, when we or a family member gets sick, we want the best-trained physician scientists and the most advanced treatments available. Indeed, there is a greater need for health care services and dissemination of scientific discovery than ever before. Unfortunately, the outcomes of these studies come at an unusually heavy societal cost.

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Restorative Justice to Resolve Learner and Differential Mistreatment

By David Acosta, MD, FAAFP, and Paul G. Cunningham, MD, FACS

Hospital behaviors that may have been tolerated in the past are clearly viewed differently now, and can no longer be accepted in the future. Any form of mistreatment negatively affects the culture and climate of medical schools and teaching hospitals.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans and the leadership of our academic medical institutions have placed a high priority on eliminating all forms of mistreatment toward students during medical education, emphasizing that students need to learn in a supportive environment.

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