It’s a recurring story that played itself out again recently. A medical student takes pictures of a patient and posts them on Facebook. This time the alleged victim is an inebriated supermodel and the student, one who defied direct orders to cease and desist. The result is a $1.5m lawsuit, an embarrassed institution, a ruined career, and most importantly, a patient ... Continue Reading about Should We Screen Doctors for Social Judgment?
This tweet came floating down my Twitter stream yesterday. Allison, a medical student, remarked on an impending podcast interview. As quickly as her tweet appeared in my stream it was gone. There was a reply by me as well as another premedical student that I could see. But otherwise, not a lot of pomp and circumstance. What’s remarkable is that students like ... Continue Reading about The Second Nature of Public Medical Students
I hear occasionally of medical schools that prohibit students from blogging or using tools like Twitter. But those trying to legislate the conversation don't realize how fragmented our channels of dialog have become. And the rules that are created never really make sense. Blogging is prohibited but long comments are fine. Twitter is verboten while Instagram, ... Continue Reading about You Can’t Stop Public Conversation
From Postgraduate Medical Journal in November 2012 comes Influence of social networking websites on medical school and residency selection process. The investigators surveyed 600 U.S. medical school and residency admissions representatives regarding their social screening medical school candidates in the selection process. If you can crawl over the paywall, you’ll ... Continue Reading about Social Screening Medical School Candidates
This is something. From one of my fav medical magazines, Proto comes an interview with Rita Charon, an internist and literary scholar at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has initiated a new program in narrative medicine where medical students and clinicians fashion clinical experiences into narratives that reflect not only their points of ... Continue Reading about Narrative Medicine and the Parallel Chart
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