Our Top 11 Blog Posts of 2014

trophyWe are grateful to all the guest bloggers who have contributed thought-provoking posts to our blog this year. These 11 posts got the most views in 2014:

11.  My wildly unrealistic wish list for the future of medicine in America by Suzanne Koven, MD
“When the Gold Foundation asked me what kind of dreams I had for the future of American medicine, I found myself remembering an old fantasy. But what would a modern equivalent of my fantasy look like?”

10. Emerging from recent misfortune by Lakshman Swamy, MD, MBA
“Last month in clinic, I hardly recognized her. She had begun to recover and suddenly, she looked young and full of life in a way I had never seen before, but in a way that she had probably always seen herself.”

 9. Building a medical student oath by Emily Merfeld
“What really are the values of the profession we were about to begin our training in? What traits are essential to being a compassionate physician?”

 8. Dr. Cynthia Haq: Humanism in Wisconsin and around the globe
Cynthia Haq, MD was the recipient of the 2014 Humanism in Medicine Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges in recognition of her tireless dedication to working with disadvantaged populations around the globe, as well as her commitment to emotionally supporting her students and improving the process of medical education.

 7. When no one was watching, I changed by Jacqueline Boehme
“They tell us that third year will change us, that we won’t believe it ourselves, that our families won’t recognize us in our splendid knowledge or whatever that doctorly swagger may be, that society will respect us, that we will be different… ‘I will be so different,’ I thought last year, ‘So, soo different…’ and I feared it greatly.”

 6. Distracted digital doctors: The need to rehumanize medicine by Wei Wei Lee, MD MPH
“EMR use can prevent providers from focusing on patients and negatively impact the patient-provider relationship. But most providers receive little to no training on how to use the EMR to enhance their communication with patients rather than detract from it.”

 5. Forgiving ourselves for being human: Normalizing the isolating experience of adverse events by Jo Shapiro, MD
“Mistakes will happen. And while we do and must work toward minimizing both system and human error, it is critically important that we also attend to the emotional and psychological needs of physicians involved in adverse events.”

 4. ERAS medical residency application to include GHHS identifier
“An official and noticeable way to identify GHHS membership on the ERAS application will send a strong message that humanistic, caring physicians are both desired and needed  in medical training programs.”

 3. Ten strategies for staying human during residency training by Allan Peterkin, MD
“Writing things down can bring new perspective to your work, and may provide a safe place to ask yourself reflective questions about what it means to be a doctor. It will also enhance yyour ability to work empathically with the stories your patients bring you.”

 2. What are the habits of highly humanistic physicians? by Carol M. Chou, MD
“If doctors themselves are having a hard time feeling humanistic, it can be hard to model humanistic attitudes to their learners. To address this phenomenon, we conducted a study that was published July 2014 in Academic Medicine.”

 1. 100 Nursing Schools to Participate in White Coat Ceremony
As The Arnold P. Gold Foundation broadens its mission to engage the entire healthcare team, we are pleased to partner with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to pilot the White Coat Ceremony for nursing students.

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This post was written by Brandy King, Head of Information Services at The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute