scopeHollidayPaintingReduxI’ve been fortunate enough to attend Stanford Medicine X over the past 4 years.  Each year I’m surrounded by the most remarkable people and ideas.  And each year I think: What are we doing to bring these ideas to medical students?

I think we’re closer.

A natural evolution into medical education

This weekend marked the announcement of the Medicine X | Ed 2015, a novel meeting that plays on the power, energy and innovation of one of modern medicine’s most influential communities, Medicine X.  Medicine X | Ed represents a natural evolution of MedX thinking into an area desperately in need of disruption:  medical education.

American medical education is graduating doctors thoroughly unprepared to deal with the challenges of a connected age.  It’s time to breed a new generation of doctor with a fresh, timely set of literacies.  The product not of an amphitheater but of a global community made up of diverse stakeholders.

MedX is perfectly positioned to transform medical education in this very way.  It brings a focused and passionate community of patients and innovators with the capacity to collaborate.  Most importantly it brings a mindset for change.

Beginning a conversation

While the core issues may not be figured out, we can start a conversation.  We can ask questions.  For answers we can look to patients, designers, artists, IDEO alumni, behavioralists, content creators, English professors, poets, visionaries, makers and rabble-rousers from verticals far removed from the medicine’s isolated space.

Let’s help MedX rethink medical education.  Let’s think about what we can do collectively to fill the cavernous gaps left by our 20th century, industrial age system of making doctors.

When MedX founder and visionary Larry Chu left the stage after Saturday’s announcement at Stanford he noted that a line has been drawn in the sand.

As a patient or a doctor, what are the gaps in medical education and priorities for Medicine X | Ed to zero in on during the first year?  Comment below or by using #MedX on Twitter.

Will you be at Stanford for Medicine X | Ed in 2015?


AlertMapScreen300pxIf you need evidence that social networks can save lives, have a look at PulsePoint, a crowdsourcing app for connecting cardiac arrest victims with assistance.

As reported in Re/code this morning,

PulsePoint’s free app connects to local 911 call centers and alerts users when there is someone nearby in need of CPR.  PulsePoint users get an alert the same time as local emergency responders.   It also shows the location of the closest automatic defibrillator (if there is one nearby) as well as a reminder about how to do CPR, just in case the user has an adrenaline-induced brain-freeze.

This is remarkable.

I suspect that it should be easy to measure PulsePoint outcomes with those of non-crowdsourced patients.  This might bridge the elusive gap between social networks and health outcomes.

Social Health’s Sewer of Self-Interest

August 22, 2014

There’s an affirmation bias in public dialog.  We only like things.  Facebook, for example, only offers Like button.  To dislike is not PC. Perhaps we can thank the marketers.  In social’s early history, we took our cues from marketing professionals who were the early adopters in the use of new media.  They’ve traditionally lead the […]

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Twitter’s New Paternalism

August 21, 2014

Twitter has changed its policies such that it is now putting tweets into your timeline based upon who you are connected to and what they feel is relevant.  The algorithms for relevance are a mystery, however.  The official explanation can be found at What is a Twitter timeline? Daniel Graf, Twitter’s new product boss, put it […]

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Print Media as a Cure for Hemorrhoids

August 19, 2014

  Fascinating case report of a readers whose hemorrhoids were cured with the discontinuation of the print edition of The Economist. Note that this is an N of 1.  The manipulation of print media has not been proven in any double-blinded study to impact outcomes with rectal varices. I’m wondering what we could do for […]

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The Rise of Medicine’s Creative Class

August 19, 2014

Are we witnessing the rise of a creative class in medicine? The creative class in medicine may be seen as a key driving force for change in a post-analog era.  They are the disruptors willing to poke the box.  The reason that this emerging segment of health care providers is so remarkable is that medicine […]

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A Zero Tolerance Policy for Patient Dialog

August 18, 2014

A UK medical practice has posted a sign attempting to prohibit public conversation by patients.  Citing a Zero Tolerance Policy apparently invoked to protect NHS staff, this type of veiled threat illustrates how disconnected the medical community can be from the realities of medicine in a connected age. You can read about this over at […]

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Should Twitter be Regulated at Medical Meetings?

August 17, 2014

The organizer of a medical meeting in Milan recently made an appeal (tongue-in-cheek, it would appear) to attendees to avoid status updates and mindless backchannel banter. The social side of any conference is important, and Twitter, being part of the social media, will naturally show that side. There is, however, a danger that the orchestra’s symphony […]

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ZDoggMD Riffs on Dr Oz

August 16, 2014

If you’re the type of person who slows down to peek at accidents, you might want to take a moment to watch ZDoggMD rhythmically eviscerate Mehmet Oz.  The entertainment value of ZDogg’s calculated language is surpassed only by the fact that Oz looks about as uncomfortable as a prostitute in church. Hell hath no fury […]

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Doctors and social media: Damned if you engage, damned if you don’t

August 15, 2014

Hinda Mandell felt creepy after being followed by her OB on Twitter.  Her post on Cognoscenti, Brave New World: Your Doctor, Your Private Parts, Twitter And You, is provocative on a number of levels. Think perverts, not OBs.  It’s funny that the author’s friends and husband are concerned with her OB.  There’s little regard, however, for […]

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