Category Archives: Medical Education

Your Medical School Narrative

Originally posted August 23, 2015

By Eve Purdy

socialized_medicineFour short years ago I nervously met a soon-to-be classmate for the first time. It felt like a blind date. We had met on Facebook, through our class group and we were both anxiously awaiting the next day, our first day of medical school orientation. I recall the evening started with half sputtered, nervous conversation as we exchanged standard pleasantries awkwardly over sushi. But now, I can’t help but look back on that evening with a smile. I smile as I remember an immediate bond developed with a complete stranger. I smile as I remember sharing our histories and our dreams. I smile as I remember the pride I had about entering the profession. I smile as I realize I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Continue reading Your Medical School Narrative

Learning Medicine

By Peter Wei, MD, and Alex Chamessian

Medical school is known to test many things to the breaking point – relationships, sleep schedules, ability to handle stress. For us, though, what med school tested to the limit was how we learned – and like so many other students, we came out stronger for the experience.

Like most students, when studying in college and prepping for the MCAT, we tried a number of different approaches – outlines, notecards, cramming, the works. But when we reached medical school, with its famous “drink from a firehose” style of teaching, we realized that these approaches weren’t enough. Continue reading Learning Medicine

Inhabiting Graphic Medicine’s “Spaces of Care”

By Lorenzo Servitje

As I sat and typed my notes on a presentation at the 6th International Comics and Medicine Conference, I looked around to observe other attendees’ note-taking. What is perhaps most striking about attending this conference as contrasted with most other academic and professional conferences, is how people are taking notes. Continue reading Inhabiting Graphic Medicine’s “Spaces of Care”

Medical Education and Housing as Health Care

By Andrew Hyatt

Expectations of first-year medical students are mercifully low when we are presenting patients. So when I told my preceptor, “Jose is a 9-year-old male with a history of moderate intermittent asthma and ADHD presenting for an asthma exacerbation,” I was not expected to know much about the pathophysiology or pharmacotherapy of either ADHD or asthma. However, one thing I can bring to the table is a more in-depth social history. Taking the time to ask a few questions, I found out that Jose’s mother had moved between apartments three times in the last year, and that she still did not feel her new apartment or neighborhood were safe or healthy for Jose. Continue reading Medical Education and Housing as Health Care

Medical School as a Reflective Community

By Mark Kuczewski, Katherine Wasson, Kayhan Parsi, and Emily Anderson

Judging from coverage in the literature lately, reflection as an educational tool is becoming increasingly popular in medical school. But instructors use reflection for lots of different reasons. In a recent article, we described how we use reflection in the formal curriculum and in two co-curricular programs at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Reflection permeates, even saturates, the curriculum here. It aligns neatly with the school’s culture and reinforces it. As we create a community of learners engaged in reflection, it raises a number of opportunities and challenges for our future work. Continue reading Medical School as a Reflective Community

Improving Patient Care as a Trainee

Originally posted July 14, 2015

By Monica Shah

Patient safety has always been a priority for me, but it is only recently that I became aware of the many issues that threaten quality of care for patients. As a medical student, I vividly remember shadowing at the hospital and being shocked at what I saw. I walked through patient rooms and heard loud beeps going off, the constant chatter of hospital staff, and the automatic entrance into patients’ rooms without even a knock. I wondered whether all of the disruptions and commotion impacted patient recovery in the hospital and after discharge. After pondering this, I decided that I wanted to take action and see what I, as a medical student, could do to improve daily inpatient conditions. Continue reading Improving Patient Care as a Trainee

“Healing Beyond Science”

By Robert Folberg, MD

The title of this post is framed within quotation marks because the words are not mine. They were delivered by Mary Fisher, an author, artist, and AIDS advocate on the occasion of receiving an honorary degree as part of the commencement of the Charter Class of 2015 from the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). Wing of Zock invited me to provide a follow-up to my post published earlier this year, “Kindness Beyond Curriculum,” where I described the underlying innovations that OUWB brings to medical education as a new medical school. I invite you now to pause and listen to Fisher’s address. [Fast forward to the 4:40 mark to skip the conferral of the degree if you wish.] Continue reading “Healing Beyond Science”

Quick Hits: Innovation in Academic Medicine

Boston Children’s Hospital Uses Social Media Data for Health Research

Social media pervades the U.S. today. Take Twitter, for example. By the end of 2014, approximately one in five U.S. adults were active Twitter users. While the network remains most popular with adults under 50 years old, the last year saw a jump in tweeters 65 and older.

Despite growing privacy concerns, users of Twitter and other networks routinely talk about their health on social media. This has created a large and growing body of data and presented an opportunity to capture ‘digital phenotypes’ that provide tremendous insight into both individual and population health. These phenotypes let us:

  1. Identify individual patients suffering from acute or chronic disease and analyze their behavior over-time
  2. Monitor the health of a population by tracking the prevalence of infectious diseases (e.g., influenza)… MORE

Duke Practical Playbook to Provide Technical Assistance to BUILD Health Challenge Awardees

The BUILD Health Challenge announced today that it awarded grants to 18 groundbreaking projects that aim to improve health in low-income communities.

The projects were recognized on the strengths of their bold, upstream, integrated, local and data-driven approaches to address the social and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on health.

The BUILD Health Challenge was founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to encourage community partnerships among local non-profit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and health departments to improve the health and well-being of their residents… MORE

Stanford Medicine to Lead, Define Field of Precision Health

Precision health was the theme of the day at Stanford [two weeks ago], with Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, describing to a standing-room-only crowd at a Town Hall event how Stanford Medicine will continue to lead and excel in this area.

Minor, along with colleagues Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, and Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, offered faculty, staff and students a glimpse of the future of precision health here… MORE

Developing Apps to Improve the Health of Patients at Mount Sinai

The Sinai AppLab, a pioneering digital initiative between the departments of Medicine and Information Technology, is creating technology platforms to address the needs of patients, health care providers, and researchers within the Mount Sinai Health System. Under the direction of Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer in the Department of Medicine, the lab has developed five apps and an app platform that connect to Mount Sinai’s Electronic Health Records (EHR)… MORE