Making the Cut, a new surgical residency reality series is currently casting participants from the Los Angeles area. It’s the latest initiative to create made-for-TV drama where it doesn’t exist. If any of these residents asked, here’s what I would tell them about appearing on a surgical residency reality show: Your training is about you. Residency is the ... Continue Reading about Surgical Residency Reality: It’s Not About You
Recently I’ve been getting salty Twitter remarks about my ‘sympathetic views’ toward non-MD health care providers. These comments against advanced practitioners come from physicians working to take back the night and restore medicine to its rightful hierarchy. One confronted me with the absurd question: Are you willing to turn all of your family’s care over to ... Continue Reading about Against Advanced Practitioners – Medicine’s Social Pushback
Chrissy Farr at CNBC has reported that Slack may be posturing for a health care move. Recent changes in the site’s HIPAA compliance suggest that it may be readying to allow providers to share patient information in a clinical environment. I’m thrilled. Why? Physicians have no means of communication. Sounds dramatic? Not really. Or, I should qualify that they have ... Continue Reading about Slack – 4 Ways It Will Save Health Care
This week the world processed the fact that we don’t have a cure for cancer. Social media ran with an article in the Jerusalem Post headlined, “A Cure for Cancer? Israeli Scientists Say They Think They Found One.” There are so many lessons here including the awkward suggestion that ultimately, there may not be a ‘cure for cancer.’ Why the cure for cancer may not be ... Continue Reading about Cure for Cancer – The Fake News Heard ‘Round the World
If you have a moment check out Medical Misinformation - Vet the Message, an editorial published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. It’s written by 22 editors-in-chief of major cardiovascular journals and builds the case for medical misinformation as a modern crisis for doctors and patients. This nugget caught my eye: Purveyors of social media must ... Continue Reading about Medical Misinformation | Can Doctors Control Social Media?
When social media was making its meteoric rise a decade ago, physician social media disasters were exhibit A for why you need to remain silent and stay offline. As a result, early social media training in hospitals was made up of endless strings of doctor-as-jackass screenshots intended to scare residents straight. But the idea of Twitter as a place where good ... Continue Reading about The Value of Physician Social Media Disasters