Friday, September 17, 2010

Can Burnout be Blamed for Unprofessionalism Among Medical Students?

JAMA this week released the findings of a study which looked at the toll burnout is taking among medical students.
The article is titled the "Relationship Between Burnout and Professional Conduct and Attitudes Among US Medical Students".
Hypothesis: "...professional conduct, attitudes regarding appropriate relations with industry, and attitudes regarding physicians' responsibility to society are influenced more by medical students' degree of professional distress than personal distress."
Conclusion: "Burnout was associated with self-reported unprofessional conduct and less altruistic professional values among medical students at 7 US schools."
To read more click on the title to take you to JAMA's website.
JAMA. 2010;304(11):1173-1180. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1318

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Slightly Funnier Than Placebo!

Check out ZDoggMD's commentary on "physical assessment" skills,
coupled with his weight in on Caribbean Medical Schools!

Not to be taken too seriously please as Dr. Z strives to "enlighten and entertain",
but only claims to be "clinically proven slightly funnier than placebo"!

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

What Really Is the Best Way to Study?

A recent New York Times article (by Benedict Carey, Sept 6, 2010) makes a very interesting read as it challenges many of our commonly held beliefs regarding the best way to study!
Now as we embark on another new semester, there is no better time to get on track with a new study plan. Some points would be relatively painless to adopt so take a look see ...

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Academic Medicine Publishes it's 10 Year "Snapshot" of Medical Education

Providing an excellent overview of the progress in medical education over the last ten years, Academic Medicine has just published this report as a freely accessible supplement to their September issue.
"This supplement provides details about curriculum management, the support for the educational program, and the many approaches to pedagogy and assessment that medical schools are employing."
"These reports provide important benchmarks and reveal a range of ideas for faculty and students to consider as they evaluate their own program. The reports provide similar opportunities for new schools that seek to build new and innovative programs."
Academic Medicine. 85(9):S1-S648, September 2010.

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