Implantable defibrillators and pacemakers have been around since the 1970s and '80s, but advances in materials science and 3-D visualization are transforming them from burdensome life-support tools to streamlined therapies that could be props from Iron Man.
According to Maggie, quality healthcare delivery is “the most human thing you’ve ever seen in your life!” Working on this groundbreaking project, Maggie became familiar with four powerful insights regarding conversation in healthcare:
Conversation is how people determine quality and value. Conversation has therapeutic value. Conversation allows us to deal with ambiguity. People seek out conversation, even when we make it hard for them.
The researchers say everyone learns in different ways, and past research has shown that students learn best with hands-on, personally relevant tools that utilize powers of observation and audio-visuals. They also note that a person’s memories can change based on an emotionally charged atmosphere. Since music is an emotional medium, it makes sense that our educational memory could be enhanced by it.
I love it when something in the blog leads us to new ideas and insights. Neil Haave, who teaches on the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, submitted an article on learning philosophies. (You can find the article in the April issue of The Teaching Professor newsletter) His thinking about learning philosophies was stimulated by his experience evaluating e-portfolios, which were being piloted on his campus, and by a couple of posts on this blog (November 13, 2013 and January 22, 2014). He was struck by how few insights the seniors preparing these portfolios had about themselves as learners and came to the conclusion that they should start writing about how they learn long before the end of their academic careers.
We believe that these “irrelevant” opening comments and questions serve four key purposes. First, they convey that we see the patient as a unique individual. Given the speed of medical practice, it is not surprising that patients worry that their individual concerns will not be heard.
The 3.0 platform update means that now all the apps have refined drawing tools. Can’t draw a straight arrow? No problem, we took care of that! Want bold, italic, or larger text? We took care of that too! In addition, you can now scale, rotate, and change the opacity of stamps. All this so you can quickly and easily explain conditions and procedures at the point of care.
Vaccine-preventable diseases have many social and economic costs: sick children miss school and can cause parents to lose time from work. These diseases also result in doctor's visits, hospitalizations, and even premature deaths.
Music plays a universal role: inspiring people to dance, come back to problems energized and expresses the verbally inexpressible. I love the idea of using songs to begin or end a class and there are some great resources out there.
Jonathan White never thought more than 1.1 million people worldwide would hear him say the words, “Welcome to Surgery 101!” But then, he never thought he would work closely with a pair of Muppets either.
In September 2008, two students with learning disabilities were admitted to the University of Ottawa's Doctorate in Medicine program. Because both are dyslexic, special accommodations had to be made....