Earlier this month, I spoke to the assembled incoming residents at Baylor College of Medicine about the importance of their public presence. The talk centered around a couple of core points: how to avoid some of the common mistakes that could impact their careers going forward; and how to begin to think about their digital footprint as a tool for creating professional ... Continue Reading about It’s No Longer About You
This weekend, Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy delivered a keynote at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting. The Twitter feed echoed the fantasy of flipping the ether dome. Medicine via the Khan Academy method. Then came the question, ‘If Sal Khan were medical faculty member would he get tenure?’ It raises the question about what we ... Continue Reading about Sal Khan – Would He Survive in Academic Medicine?
A couple of years back I read an interesting book called Rejuvenile. It concerns the emerging culture of adults who like to do kid things - Lego's, paintball, etc. After reading The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices this summer I learned that the MIT Media Lab has a group, Lifelong Kindergarten, that tries to recreate the thinking and curiosity of kindergarten-aged ... Continue Reading about Rejuvenile Physicians
It seems that there are medical schools taking the initiative to help their students become more compassionate. It’s a worthy goal but I don't know if it's possible. We can teach individuals to act compassionate. But that, of course, is different from being compassionate. While there may be literature to support the cause, I don’t think that a curriculum can ... Continue Reading about Empathy 101
Can we teach empathy to the next generation of physicians? The University of South Florida Health thinks so and they're putting it on the line this week with the launch of the SELECT program, a new curriculum intended to "put empathy, communication and creativity back into doctoring." The SELECT (Scholarly Excellence. Leadership Experiences. Collaborative ... Continue Reading about USF Health Looks to Create Next Gen MD Leaders
I work in a big medical school my job involves teaching the next generation of doctors. And I live with a gifted bias. Here’s what I’ve noticed: We love bright trainees. They garner our attention. We give them awards. We discuss them in glowing terms. They make us proud. I've seen colleagues work the call schedule so as to be assigned most efficient resident ... Continue Reading about Doctors and the Gifted Bias