Monthly Archives: January 2011

Challenges in Medical Education

Kenneth Simons, MD, Chair of the Section of Medical Schools at AMA, talks at the Annual AMA Delegation about the challenges in medical education, the first of which is student debt. There are also fewer PGY1 places so some students will graduate with no place to go. Other issues include professionalism and whether the MCAT will be changing.

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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


Innovative Life Saving iPhone App using Geo-location

Public Service Announcement (PSA) to raise local awareness about innovative new location-aware iPhone application. The new app empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using sophisticated GPS technology, will alert citizens in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


10 Characterstics of a New Age Worker

10 characteristics of the New Workstyle:

1.  Mobile – always on and aware.

2.  Connected via hi-speed/broadband access – connected by a seriously big pipe.  No dial up in the new workstyle.

3. Self-sufficient – have their own equipment which is often superior to what is provided by their employer or used in lieu of (computers, mobile device, printers, software, etc.). Demonstrate resiliency in their ability to navigate and thrive in an increasingly ambiguous workplace (and world).

4.  Virtual – location independent with minimal impact on contribution.  In fact, productivity is higher as the lines between work time and personal time blur along with designated work and personal locations.

5.  Broad personal and professional on-line networks – meaningful connections across social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn that are not just collected and counted but leveraged and often engaged around questions or for advice.

6.  Productive – not obsessed with productivity per se but owns the concept and applies it every day focusing on outcomes and accomplishments versus activities.  Is always looking for tools and methods to improve an already productive daily pace.

7.  Off-line driven – an important dimension of the new workstyle is both a consciousness and focus on off-line, person-to-person interactions facilitated by on-line tools and forums.

8.  Balances work and personal lives –  knits both work priorities and commitments with personal pursuits throughout the day (and night) combining flexibility with increased overall productivity and contribution to both.

9.  Gives back – thinks beyond themselves to causes, community, or others less fortunate and uses their connections and resources to make significant contributions.

10.  Intellectually curious – constantly seeks out new and betters ways to work by experimenting with new tools, listening to others, and critically examining the things they do and why they do them.



Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


Email / SMS to communicate with your patients

Here are some trends that your practice should be aware of when it comes to sending patient messages (e.g., appointment reminders).

Best reached by email: This may surprise you, but email use is the most popular online activity of those 64 and above; 74% of internet users in this age group send and receive email. However, not everyone checks email daily or they may have multiple accounts, some of which they check more frequently.  

Best reached by text message: The Pew Internet & American Life Project surveyed teens and found that the majority (54%) use text messaging daily whereas only 11% use email.  Text messaging use exceeds cell phone use among this group and the average teenager sends and receives 50 text messages a day. Many have unlimited texting plans.  


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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


‘Health’ is 6th Most Shareable Word on Facebook


Article on Problogger listed 7 ways to get your content shared on Facebook.

Other Important ways were Waiting for Weekends, sharing video, using important active posts, blah blah.

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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


What Are the Issues Faced by Pharma in Utilizing Social Media?


1) Adverse event reporting and monitoring,

2) a lack of understanding who would be operationally responsible for the activity, and

3) the company’s inability to respond in a timely fashion compared with the expectations of those who interact in a social media circles, are all barriers that suggest to us adoption will be slow and deliberate.

I also believe that the industry has had its wings clipped in its ability to generate relevant medical content – and people in social media crave this information.

Interview with BioPharma Advisors’ Robert Naumann

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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


8 Ways Text Messaging is Being Used In Health Care | HealthTweet

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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized