MU Walks the Talk with New Patient-Centered Care Learning Center

By Jennifer J. Salopek

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Last month, the University of Missouri Medical School broke ground on an innovative new facility at its main campus in Columbia: the Patient-Centered Care Learning Center (PCCLC). From name to design to construction materials, the building will reflect MU’s mission to educate future physicians to provide effective, patient-centered care. Continue reading MU Walks the Talk with New Patient-Centered Care Learning Center

Life in Medical School Doesn’t Have to be Harsh

By Jennifer J. Salopek

NowWhatThird-year orthopedic resident Daniel R. Paull, MD, has recently published So You Got into Medical School… Now What? A Guide to Preparing for the Next Four Years. He participated in a telephone interview on August 27, 2015.

Wing of Zock: What inspired you to write the book?

Paull: I know that, coming into medical school, everyone has a lot of anxiety and worry about what it’s going to be like, sifting through advice about what to do, and people can say different things. There was no great guidebook out there; if there had been, I would have read it. So I figured I would try to write one, based on my own experiences and mistakes I’ve made. I knew it was possible to be efficient if you approach medical school intelligently. I started it after my first year of medical school and worked on it all the way through. Continue reading Life in Medical School Doesn’t Have to be Harsh

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 to a less experienced and often younger person,” synonymous with tutor, coach, counsel, lead, guide, pilot, shepherd, and show.

I would like to share my story of how mentorship helped me grow as a young female academic surgeon. I originally wrote this post in 2014 as I returned from two years of research back to clinical surgery duty. It has been slightly altered from how it originally appeared on my blog, in order to show appreciation for the new connections and mentors I have found song the way.  Before I do that, however, let me explain the two reasons why I thought I didn’t need a mentor. Continue reading I Didn’t Need a Mentor. Did I?

How Technology Can Enhance Health Professions Education

By George Thibault, MD

Digital technology is transforming how all of us live, communicate, and get information. It’s no different for health professions education, where leaders are navigating how to harness technology to help students learn continuously, retain knowledge, and build care competencies.

It’s clear that the “classroom” model for health professions education is fast evolving, moving away from traditional lectures to a greater reliance on online teaching, virtual experiences, and use of mobile tools that are more convenient, accessible, and adaptable. Many of these technological innovations hold great potential for preparing students and sustaining knowledge for faculty and patients as well. But we need to better understand how technology can enhance health professions education, and be blended with more traditional educational approaches. We need to make sure we are leveraging it in the right ways to improve clinical practice, enable lifelong learning broadly, and achieve better health results for patients. Continue reading How Technology Can Enhance Health Professions Education

Empowering Communities, One Family at a Time

By Aaron J. Byzak, MBA, FACHE

Joselin Reyes had dreams of a career in the medical field, helping others and making a difference in the world. She was determined to accomplish her goal, but the odds were stacked against her. She is the youngest of four children and none of her siblings graduated from high school. Both of her parents are native Spanish speakers with limited English ability. Her family could give her emotional support, but she did not have the financial and educational support needed to make her dreams come true.

Joselin Reyes (2012)When we set out to create the HERE Initiative (Health + Education + Research = Empowerment), a community outreach program designed to address some of the unmet needs of San Diego’s south bay and southeastern regions, we had students like Joselin in mind. We wanted to address several of the key social determinants of health, namely health care access, education, and workforce development. Continue reading Empowering Communities, One Family at a Time

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

Hospitals Are Learning All the Wrong Lessons from Hotels – And Totally Missing the Right Ones

By Jayson Marwaha

Ever since Medicare started using patient satisfaction surveys in 2012 to calculate hospital reimbursements, the health care system has been looking to the hospitality industry to learn how to improve that metric. Hotels do have the answer; but hospitals are looking in all the wrong places.

What hospitals are doing wrong

The concept behind Medicare’s HCAHPS survey, a short questionnaire asking patients what they thought of their stay, is simple: Hospitals can earn more money by keeping their patients happy. Continue reading Hospitals Are Learning All the Wrong Lessons from Hotels – And Totally Missing the Right Ones