Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shout Outs

Inside Surgery is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds.  You can read this week’s edition here.

Favorite Post of the Week

Dr. Toni Brayer has a guest post at ACPInternist about how insurance companies are killing primary care. I would like every Grand Rounds Reader to take a look at this and think very hard about what they will support in terms of insurance industry oversight. This post was first published on Dr. Brayer’s blog EverythingHealth.net.

From the Surgeons – hey, what can I say, I am a homer

Bongi is a surgeon working in South Africa – he shares part of his day. …….

 

Don’t forget LITFL is hosting next week.  They are looking for your “killer posts".” 

Trawl your archive, dive deep into the soul of your writing and send us your best; most inspirational; clever; witty; well-researched; head-turning; gut-wrenching; magnificent; glorious requiem of a post…A post that is pathognomic of your writing. A post that is empathic and understanding. A post that is idiosyncratically and inimitably…YOU

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Kim, Emergiblog, is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 5, No 2) which is in its 5th year!   You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

Welcome to the latest edition of Change of Shift!

The nursing blogosphere came through in a big way this week, many thanks to those who have submitted.

I’m excited to showcase these colleague contributions!

So, without further ado,

I present…..Change of Shift!……..

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Dr Charles is hosting the first annual 2010 Charles Prize for Poetry.

Open to everyone (patients, doctors, nurses, students, etc.). Limit 1 or 2 entries per person.

Poems should be related to experiencing, practicing, or reflecting upon a medical, scientific, or health-related matter……

Contest closes August 31st.

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There is a nice article in the New Yorker by Atul Gawande on hospice care:  Letting Go -- What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?

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People have concerns besides simply prolonging their lives. Surveys of patients with terminal illness find that their top priorities include, in addition to avoiding suffering, being with family, having the touch of others, being mentally aware, and not becoming a burden to others. Our system of technological medical care has utterly failed to meet these needs, and the cost of this failure is measured in far more than dollars. The hard question we face, then, is not how we can afford this system’s expense. It is how we can build a health-care system that will actually help dying patients achieve what’s most important to them at the end of their lives. ……………

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This tweet from @Doctor_V

RT @Ed: Hundreds of people have asked about my long-time Twitter background. Here's the story http://bit.ly/ArmWeekly

led to the story in the Armenian Weekly:   Armenian Orphan Rug Lives up to Its Name about a rug

Not just any rug, but one created by 400 Armenian orphans from 1924-25 in a town called Ghazir, about 40 miles north of Beirut.

This colorful piece of tapestry, which measures 18 feet by 12 feet, lives up to its name: It has remained an “orphan” rug since it passed through the hands of President Calvin Coolidge in 1926.

The intricacy is woven with a passion unlike others of its kind, containing some 4 million knots made to characterize the biblical Garden of Eden with its collection of animals and other symbolic features…….

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I actually learned of this program, Spokes for Little Folks, from an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette but they don’t have an open policy – you have to have a subscription to read their articles online.  I found this Daily Record article which tells the same story:  

On a recent sweltering Saturday morning, Realtors from North Little Rock rallied together to clean, fix and organize bike parts. Their time was donated on behalf of Spokes for Little Folks. …..

Working with Ron King, who refurbishes donated bikes and donates them to kids who are in need of them, Martin decided to get the NPBOR to join in on the effort. ……..

Anyone can donate any type of bike, working or not, to Spokes for Little Folks.   For additional information or questions, contact Janene Inzer at 501-834-0710 or Bruce Martin at 501-425-5042.

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Dr Anonymous’ BTR show will be  4th year Student Kevin Bernstein and 3rd year FamMed Resident Gerry Tolbert  giving a report on the 2010 AAFP Resident and Student Conference.   Show time this Thursday is 8 pm ET.

Upcoming shows (9pm ET)

8/5: Pre-Med Student Erin Breedlove
8/12: Pre-Med Student @InsaneMo
8/19: 4th Year Med Student @DrJonathan
8/26: Dr. A Show 3rd Anniversary

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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