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Writing intermittently

Oh, readers. Is there anything I can say that will appease you? Thank you for the inquiries, the orders, and the pleading tones. I swear, I’m alive; medicine is still interesting and worth writing about; and although Scienceblogs.com may eventually lose patience with the intermittent nature of my writing, I haven’t yet lost interest in…

Kind of your job

I’ve been away from the blog for a while, working on fellowship applications and riding the wave of the ICU. Thank you for your patience, as ever. As you might remember from my days as an intern, I used to love the ICU. That love is no longer: doing procedures to people whose fate is…

Smart kids

It’s October 1st (well it was yesterday, anyway), and I’m pretty excited, because this means it’s the start of another DonorsChoose challenge. For those of you who weren’t around at this time last year, DonorsChoose is an organization that pairs up your ka$hmoney with educational projects in public schools. You get to choose the project…

About them

Courtesy of the excellent bioephemera‘s Jess Palmer comes this item of news, which concerns photographs of patients taken at the University of New Mexico Hospital and posted to a website. The photographs were reportedly close-ups of injuries being treated–no faces or patient-identifying features were shown. The employees who took and posted the photos have been…

Unpack the madness

From the Department of the Maximally Self-Righteous comes this delightful little piece of scholarship, a letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that describes a survey of internal medicine interns on the subject of professionalism. In it, participants were asked to rate their participation in and perception of “unprofessional behaviors” related to…

Please to enjoy

While I slowly scrape together some original Signout blather on one of my favorite subjects, please to enjoy this terrific post by Dr. Rob about why much of the crap patients go through is not the fault of their providers. When you’re done, read PalMD’s interesting piece that follows up his first answer to “Would…

Go read

There was a very nice piece in the New York Times yesterday about an oncology nurse’s first code. Go read!

Flurry

Anyone wishing to consume some tasty medical writing around the theme of “education” should have a peek at this week’s Grand Rounds at A Chronic Dose. Laurie has kindly included not one, but two of Signout’s snowflakes in her recent flurry of activity. Speaking of which, this daily-plus blogging thing is exhausting. I need a…

Reasonable for us to judge

You heard it here first: John McCain got Sarah Palin’s daughter pregnant. You think I’m kidding?

What makes it OK

Every now and then, I get email from pre-med types who are having a lot of trouble deciding whether to go to medical school. Dear Dr. Signout*, I was supposed to start medical school last week, but [I’ve deferred for a year to figure things out.] I guess the thing is, I like living so…