Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shout Outs

Medical Resident's Journey is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds!  You may recall his poem won Dr. Charles Poetry contest.  The theme this week is “uplifting moments in medicine.”  You can read this week’s edition here (photo credit).

Good morning! Thank you for all the submissions which have flooded my inbox over the past week. They kept me going through a stretch of countless overnight shifts in the emergency department, which seemed never-ending and darker than a moonless night. In the midst of stunning fall foliage this October, the vibrant colors of this week’s Grand Rounds reach towards the sky. Take a moment out of the day to live in the present. Listen to the sounds around you, whatever they may be – leaves rustling in the wind, blaring sirens, constant monitors. Sit back, relax, take a long, deep breath and a sip of your favorite morning drink. Take in the flying kites, subtle music, and silver linings of today’s indulgence: Uplifting Moments in Medicine.  ………….

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I hope you will all read Dr. Rich’s recent post:  Medical Ethics and the Amish Bus Driver Rule

Rachel Maddow, in a discussion related to the provision of abortion services, once proposed that we (society) should invoke the Amish Bus Driver Rule whenever medical professionals invoke their personal convictions in refusing to provide legal medical services.

The Amish Bus Driver Rule goes like this: If you’re Amish, and therefore have religious convictions against internal combustion engines, then you have disqualified yourself for employment as a bus driver.  …..

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From twitter:  @SusannahFox

#ACS2010 survey: Half of surgeons use FB; 20% use Twitter http://bit.ly/9XRBFt (PDF via @Sani2012)

Compare to @Pew_Internet survey: Half of all adults use FB, MySpace, LinkedIn; ~13% use Twitter http://pewrsr.ch/awb5wt

The first tweet links to this article: Time to Tweet: Session highlights importance of social networking for surgeons (page 1 and 3 of the PDF file)

………….According to Dr. Glick, 7% of the U.S. population is on Twitter, while 20% of ACS survey respondents (approximately 300 as of last week) are on Twitter. 41% of the U.S. population is on Facebook, compared with 64% of ACS survey respondents (see table, page 3). The more sobering results, according to Dr. Glick, are the number of ACS survey respondents who participate in online forums or read online health blogs – 34.5% – which is a comparatively low number.  ….

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Fellow physician, blogger, and twitterer  Jill of All Trades, MD has begun doing a podcast!  The podcast, Girlfriend M.D.,  is part of Quick and Dirty Tips family. She will be sharing the hosting duties:

Join Dr. Sanaz Majd and guest host Dr. Lissa Rankin as they answer the most common questions women have about their bodies and their health. This is a chance for you to learn about all those issues you were so curious about, but were too afraid or embarrassed to ask about. Girlfriend MD will show you that you are not alone, and that no topic is off-limits. After all, we are all girlfriends here.

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From the #hcsm twitter chat this past Sunday evening – a very helpful tip sheet to use in searching for health information online:

@pfanderson T2 My tip sheet for patients using ehealth info w/docs http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/mlaguide/free/quickgd.pdf #hcsm

It is a pdf file, but I encourage you to check it out. 

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Dr Anonymous’ show will be about  DigPharm Mtg. The show begins at 9 pm EST.

Upcoming shows:

10/23 : Saturday Nite
10/28 : About FMEC Mtg
10/30 : On Location

You may want to listen to the shows in his Archives. Here are some to get you started:

GruntDoc, Sid Schwab, Dr. Val, Kevin MD, Rural Doctoring, Emergiblog, Crzegrl, Dr. Wes, TBTAM, Gwenn O'Keeffe, Bongi, Paul Levy, John Halamka, and ScanMan

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