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Week #3, Song of the Week: Sondra Lerche

One of my resolutions for the new year was to find new music. I feel as though I constantly listen to the same music over and over. The radio also seems to play the same material over and over, so I don’t find that to be a useful source of new music. So I am on a quest to discover new music and share it with you.

Week #1 was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a bluegrass band.

Week #2 is The Black Keys.

Week #3 is Sondra Lerche, a Norwegian singer/song writer.

NewMD Weekly Roundup: Posts from around the internet

Here are some links from around the internet that bring up interesting issues.  I plan on collecting interesting posts that I see and posting them on here so that you may also comment and criticize their perspectives.

What should doctors do if patients give a negative online review? Many sites online provide  some rankings about physicians online.  Can we trust those who post? Can we just ignore them?  It is likely difficult to get an exact sense of a physician from a few rankings on a website.   I don’t know how much they are relevant…yet.  I won’t be surprised if that changes and if it changes within the next few years.

Your health depends on where you live This video wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to, but it does bring up some interesting questions about the integration of data from our lives into the equation when making medical decisions.  Does it matter where we live? Does it matter what kind of food we buy and eat at home? How about how much we use our cell phones to assess our risk for cancer?  There are millions of possibilities that exist to integrate more data about our everyday lives using technology.  My question is: does it improve outcomes?

A spoonful of ingenuity Some excellent points in this article about where the money marked for global health initiatives actually goes.  I have a difficult time arguing against making sure that we can track where all the money for international health goes.  We have a right to hold our government accountable for where its money is going.  I also hope that the Gates foundation and the other such organizations would be transparent in their use of money, it would only prove to donors that their money will be going to help people.

Health Care Reform and the Need for Comparative-Effectiveness Research Physicians just don’t learn…. When I was a first year medical student, I took the Hippocratic oath, which included the words “never do harm”.  How can we resist research that will help us in this effort?  Just because it may compromise our individuality does not mean that it is not the right thing to do.   We should lead the call for more research like this, not resisting it.

Week #2, Song of the Week: The Black Keys

One of my resolutions for the new year was to find new music. I feel as though I constantly listen to the same music over and over. The radio also seems to play the same material over and over, so I don’t find that to be a useful source of new music. So I am on a quest to discover new music and share it with you.

Week #1 was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a bluegrass band.

Week #2 is The Black Keys. Let me know what you think by answering the poll.

Donate for Haiti Relief

I went to Haiti after my first year of medical school with the Gaskov Clerge Foundation. This is a great organization that has done a great deal to help the citizens in Haiti in the past and I have never met people so committed to helping Haitians.  I urge you to consider helping them with the relief efforts in Haiti.  Your contribution will help the people in Port-au-Prince.

I know many other organizations out there, I encourage that you donate if you can.  The Association for American Medical Colleges has put out a site that looks at some of the roles of academic medicine in response to the disaster in Haiti.  It’s a slightly different perspective and a lot of great links.  In addition, they offer a list of links to donate to.  You can find that site here:  Academic Medicine Responds to Crisis in Haiti

Song of the week, Week #1

One of my resolutions for the new year was to find new music.  I feel as though I constantly listen to the same music over and over.  The radio also seems to play the same material over and over again, so I don’t find that to be a useful source of new music.   So I am on a quest to discover new music and share it with you.   Week #1 was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a bluegrass band.  Let me know what you think by answering the poll.

First Post!

I am starting a new blog!  This is my first post (as per the title) and I hope you join me as I share my adventure of becoming a better person and a better physician.  Click here to learn a little bit more about me.   I will write about a variety of topics that center around becoming a better person and a better physician.