Article review: Importance of first clinical clerkship

GraysAnatomyWhat was your first clinical clerkship rotation?

Oddly, I started my third year with a sub-internship rotation on the Burn/Plastics service as my first rotation. Not sure how that happened… I managed my own patients like a 4th year student, did lots of wound care, and even got to harvest a few skin grafts. It was trial by fire.

In a recent JAMA article, 3rd year medical students who started their clinical experiences in an Internal Medicine rotation overall did better on overall clerkship grades, when compared those who started their rotations on the Ob/Gyn, Psychiatry, or Family Medicine service.

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:25-08:00Oct 4, 2010|Education Articles, Medical Education|

5 rules for creating great Powerpoint presentations

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As much as people talk about “Death by Powerpoint”, many of us still use Powerpoint despite its many shortcomings. So how can we make our Powerpoint talks better?

This video reviews 5 great rules to live by. Interestingly, this dynamic video was built using Powerpoint by Nancy Duarte from Duarte Design. Of note, Duarte Design was the company behind the stunning slides which Al Gore used to present his compelling talk on An Inconvenient Truth.

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By |2019-01-28T23:21:57-08:00Sep 23, 2010|Medical Education|

What is "contextualizing" patient care?

StethoscopeZoomMedicine is as much about Science as it is about Art. This is no better illustrated than an educational intervention study about “contextualizing” patient care, published in JAMA.

What is contextualization?

It is the “process of identifying individual patient circumstances (their context) and, if necessary, modifying the plan of care to accommodate those circumstances”. In other words, this is care beyond the evidence-based guidelines, beyond standardized quality measures, and beyond the checklists.

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By |2016-11-11T19:00:27-08:00Sep 20, 2010|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Do you belong to a listserv? My favorites

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An email mailing list (or listserv) is a great way to communicate with a large group of people. Once you subscribe to a mailing list, an email sent to a single, common email address will be distributed to everyone who is subscribed to the list. You can find lists for nearly everything and anything!

There are a multitude of lists for various medical specialties. These lists unite people from all over the country (and world) from various practice backgrounds such as academic/community medical centers to rural hospitals/clinics. We are all connected by the power of the internet. The lists are a great way to generate discussion on clinical cases, the newest literature and the experiences of the list’s members.

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By |2016-12-08T10:15:08-08:00Sep 14, 2010|Medical Education|

New favorite blog: Wishful thinking in medical education

Wishful Thinking in Medical Education

I recently came upon this great blog by Dr. Anne Marie Cunningham, a general practitioner and Clinical Lecturer at Wales, UK. She has some really insightful posts about education, its future, and the use of new technologies. This blog has been in existence since 2008. Just as interesting are the tons of comments that she gets from a spectrum of readers. Check it out!

She is also extremely active on Twitter with over 2,000 followers (@amcunningham).

 
By |2016-11-11T18:41:00-08:00Sep 7, 2010|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|