My friend Paul Sufka was planning a grand rounds on social media. He asked Twitter to identify the top few folks in each specialty so that the audience could have a place to start. A seed list for new folks getting going on Twitter. The problem is that many of the top voices ‘by specialty’ don’t have much to say about their work. Esther Choo, an ER ... Continue Reading about Physician Passion as a Professional Category
Docsplaining is the subject of a recent Postgraduate Medical Journal viewpoint by Dr. John Launer. Docsplaining, as described, is an endemic issue that characterizes physicians as condescending and uncaring actors in their communication with patients. This paper is worth reading if for nothing else than to illustrate the lens through which some physicians view ... Continue Reading about Docsplaining – An Unfair Generalization of Physicians
This Bloomberg article shows how the gig economy meets medicine. Or how doctors are choosing to care for patients in their pajamas. This concept isn’t new necessarily, but it got me thinking about how we might be getting ahead of ourselves. This quote caught my eye: "The current system doesn’t work. It’s inefficient,’’ said Amy Fan, a 30-year-old ... Continue Reading about Gig Economy Meets Medicine – The Limits of Virtual Care
I recently filled in for a colleague who couldn’t make it to clinic. Families were given the option to reschedule but most were fine seeing me, the new doctor. Some of these children had seen my colleague for years. And few knew what it was like to talk to someone different about their child’s chronic bowel disease. It was kind of a big deal. What were ... Continue Reading about When Patients See a New Doctor
You don’t have to spend too much time on Twitter to find ideas about what people think medical students need to know. From health economics and climate change to value-based care and informatics, it seems there’s no shortage of new competencies. And every person with a new suggestion about what doctors need to master believes their idea would be transformative. ... Continue Reading about What Medical Students Need to Know – The Zero-Sum Curriculum
Last week on Twitter I watched a surgeon ask if it was okay to say that he loved to operate. But as a surgeon do you really need someone's permission to love surgery? A bizarre question on one level. Understandable in the context of online culture. So how have we reached a point where a surgeon can’t express that his chosen work is something he ... Continue Reading about Do You Need Permission to Love Surgery?