Archive | February, 2011

The Microskills

It’s a typical Saturday night in the department.  You’re busy.  I mean really busy; the “too busy to make a run to the bathroom and empty your overly distended bladder” busy.  Your resident comes up to you with their next patient.  At first, you think of just hearing out the chief complaint, telling them what […]

Whither bedside teaching?

Observe, record, tabulate, communicate.  Use your five senses.  Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know by practice alone you can become expert.  Medicine is learned at the bedside and not in the classroom.  Let not your conceptions of disease come from words heard in the lecture room or […]

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD is a name synonymous with patient safety.  He and his team have made patient safety a respectable area of expertise within the house of medicine.  He recently published a book, Safe Patients Smart Hospitals, which explains his quest to improve patient safety, first at Johns Hopkins, and now across the country. […]

May the best blog win!

If you read Michelle Lin’s Academic Life in Emergency Medicine or Scott Weingart’s EMCrit then you already know about the quality information that these two giants are providing to Emergency Medicine.  It’s no wonder that they’ve both been nominated for the 2010 MedGadget Weblog Awards.  Take a look and vote for your favorite! EMCrit is […]

Why Blog?

Why create a blog or use a wiki for education?  One good reason is that blogging fulfills the “write something” mandate that Atul Gawande recommends as one of the keys skills in becoming a positive deviant; another is the metacognitive aspect of the experience discussed in this video:There are many reasons why people blog.  As […]

Making M&M Better: The Healthcare Matrix

First, I think Michelle Lin must be psychic.  If you didn’t catch her post on morbidity and mortality conference yesterday, then read it!  In fact, read her blog daily.  It contains an amazing wealth of information of interest to anyone interested in faculty development and teaching. At the conclusion of her post, she gave a […]