Posts by Mary Hendrick

A Case for Quantity When Measuring Quality

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The quality of a physician’s work is now often evaluated in metrics and data. Seventeen years ago, the Institute of Medicine issued a call to arms to Cross the Quality Chasm that opened the floodgates for thousands of measures, from government rules to hospital guidelines and consumer evaluations. As healthcare has become more complex, the…

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How (and Why) to Keep up with Emerging Medicine

Emerging Medicine

Staying on top of emerging medicine is vital for providing the best care to patients and has multiple benefits for physicians. For patients, the benefits are obvious. Medical knowledge is constantly changing, and frequently, practices that were once considered “best practice” are now overturned by new clinical trials. For physicians, those who keep actively learning…

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Tackling the Problem of Misdiagnosis

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If you’ve been attending conferences and reading journals lately, you already know that there’s a lot of buzz about improving diagnosis in health care. In fact, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) most recent installment in the Quality Chasm series is “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.” Although data on misdiagnosis is fairly sparse, the best estimate…

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Common Education Improves Physician Communication

Physician Communication During Handoffs

Patient handoffs are a major source of anxiety for physicians, and with good reason. The handoff is one of the most dangerous periods during an episode of care. Nearly two-thirds of the most serious preventable medical errors are due to communication failures, especially during handoffs. To improve handoffs (and patient care in general) many organizations…

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Three Tips for Chief Residents and Fellows

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Chiefs play a vital role in ensuring that residents and fellows are performing at a high level and providing good care to patients. A recent study on remediating struggling residents found that the chief resident was often the first person to notice a resident’s problem behavior (84% of the time). Since residents and fellows often…

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How Much Knowledge Do Physicians Lose over Time?

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You’ve probably already heard the statistics about how quickly medical knowledge is doubling (in 2010, medical knowledge doubled every ten years, by 2020 it will double every 73 days) but the massive increase in new knowledge physicians need to gain is only half of the problem. The other half is the amount of foundational medical…

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Helping Physicians Manage Burnout and Administrative Overload

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  The life of healthcare professionals has become more and more challenging every day. New rollouts of EHRs, changing guidelines and ongoing administrative tasks are now occupying physicians’ time. With less time focused on treating patients, burnout is becoming more common. The growing number of administrative tasks are causing burnout for almost half of physicians.…

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7 Black Physicians You Should Know

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The medical field is constantly changing due to innovative ideas, technology, and systems that are shaping the way we care for patients. Though the industry has made many advances,  diversity within the workforce has been slow to catch up. According to AMSA, racial and ethnic minorities comprise 26% of the total population of the United States,…

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Want to Help Your Millennial Trainees Learn? Treat Them Like Adults.

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If you’re struggling to help your millennial trainees learn, you’re not alone. No generation seems to baffle—or annoy—other generations like millennials. But there is some good news. While the millennials in your program may seem young, they are, in fact, adults with adult learning needs. Part of the reason your millennial trainees aren’t retaining information is…

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