In case you hadn’t seen this announcement in my Twitter stream – there are a number of writing fellowships available for US medical students and residents. (Bloggers and those heavily engaged in social media are preferred.) Join The American Resident Project Writing Fellows in brainstorming about how to make the healthcare system better for future generations. Fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis. Opportunities for travel are included. From their website:
The American Resident Project is a platform for future physician leaders – medical students, residents and physicians newly in practice – to connect, explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery, and exchange these views with other health care providers and opinion leaders across the country.
Sponsored by ThinkWellPoint, The American Resident Project focuses on key issues affecting today’s frontline physician workforce, including:
New care coordination models
Strategies for patient engagement
Innovations in health technology
Join our growing community, lend your voice and share your ideas on these and other important topics shaping the future of health care delivery in America.
I will be playing a mentorship role in the program going forward, and look forward to meeting some of my young Writing Fellows in the near future!
Apply for the fellowship here.
The blog, Shots, posted a question primer to prepare patients for medical office visits with their doctors. A reaction to this appeared on Glass Hospital, where John Schumann offered his own wry version of the question list. My less wry, and more dry response appears below.
While I agree with Shots that education is power, a closer look at the question list demonstrates that the intent to educate may obfuscate instead.
First, the post is entitled, Ten Questions to Ask Your Doctor, suggesting that patients arrive at their physician’s office Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at MD Whistleblower*
I spent the day today with 60 physicians and nurses at a symposium focused on quality improvement and reducing mortality from sepsis. Sepsis (overwhelming infection) is the number 1 cause of hospital deaths and the mortality rate can be as high as 60% if the patient goes into shock from infection. Survival depends upon thousands of independent pieces coming together in an organized way. A patient doesn’t come to the emergency department and say “I have sepsis”. He may arrive by ambulance or be brought in by a relative and simply feel weak, or confused or have a fever.
To make the diagnosis, the doctor or nurse has to be thinking sepsis is a possibility and it is critical to get the right tests and treatments within a very short time frame. There are complicated steps that must be taken quickly and the entire hospital team (lab, pharmacy, transport, doctors and nurses) must act Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at EverythingHealth*
While by no means a representative sample of how we think about physicians, there is a clear pattern to the comments. A lot of people feel disrespected by their doctors…and they are pretty angry.
Here’s what patients (including a lot of former patients) had to say. I attempted to summarize the comments by category and included the top five categories of comments below.
#1 – “Being on time is a two way street.” – patients are expected to be on time for their appointments – why aren’t physicians expected to be on time. Doctors think and act as if their time is more valuable than the patient’s time.
#2 – “Listen to what I have to say.” “Doctors should realize that many patients have more life experience and have done more research about a condition and drug and may possibly know more than them. God forbid!” “If you do not like listening to your patients and getting proper information from them, you are in the wrong business.”
#3 – “Don’t just hear one or two of my complaints.” You try telling the doctor all the problems you have and the doctor stops you mid-way, telling you that he or she will take care of two and to come back again for other issues!” “What about someone like me who is on disability for a multitude of health problems? What then?”
#4 Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Mind The Gap*