100 Tips for Being On Call in the Hospital by Efficient MD and Readers

Joshua Schwimmer, MD, the author of Efficient MD, has assembled a helpful list of 100+ Tips for Being On Call in the Hospital with the help of his blog readers and Twitter followers. This is a good example of harnessing and organizing the wisdom of one (very educated) "crowd."

I have been following Joshua's blogs for years, through his ups and downs of blogging activity (is KidneyNotes on a semi-hiatus?), and he has consistently produced a high-quality and thought-provoking original content.

Joshua says he is not the prototype of the "efficient M.D." but his blog certainly helps everyone who reads it to become one.

Some of the 100+ Tips for Being On Call in the Hospital:

Get outside at least once a day
Make a game of remembering names
Walk more quickly
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Time yourself
Use a tally counter
Connect with other people who are on call with you

100+ Tips for Being On Call in the Hospital. EfficientMD.
Image source: EfficientMD.com.

Tips for Doing Well in the Family Medicine Rotation by CCLCM Student Blog

CCLCM Student Blog describes a medical student's experience at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Here are her tips for doing well in the Family Medicine rotation. Many of these apply to any other clinical rotation:
1) Be enthusiastic.
2) Read about your patients.
3) Be on time.
4) Keep up with your logs.
5) Read a family medicine book.
6) Submit every log for assessment.
7) Any time a preceptor asks, "Hey, would you like to do....?" always say yes.
8) Be nice to the nurses.
9) Work your way into the rooms one baby step at a time.
10) Even if you hate family medicine, look at the bright side.
This is a good list to be added to Joshua Schwimmer's EfficientMD Wiki.

Kendra Campbell of Island Medical Student assembled a set of tips from her surgical rotation:
1. Don’t be afraid to complain.
2. Introduce yourself to everyone.
3. Stand out.
4. Smile. Smile. Smile.
5. Get your money’s worth.
6. Make friends with your fellow students.

Tips for Doing Well in the Surgery Rotation from CCLCM Student Blog: Surgery is one of those rotations that is more a 5-to-9 job than a 9-to-5 job, 04/2009.
Image source: OpenClipArt.org, public domain.

Updated: 04/05/2009

Video: How to Use Google RSS Reader

Google Reader and Bloglines are probably the best web-based RSS readers. If you do not already use one, the videos below will show you how you can start and, most importantly, why you should be using a RSS reader.

Google Reader Intro

Google Reader: Getting Started

How To Use Google Reader

Using RSS and Google Reader

Google Reader Keyboard Shortcuts

Best Web Feeds Reader for Medical and General Information
Data Mining Google Reader Feeds for Trends

Selection of My Twitter Favorites, Edition 3

Twitter is a microblogging service where people answer the question "What are you doing?" via 140-character messages from their cellphone, laptop or desktop. You can select the messages you find useful, amusing, or both. Here is the 3rd edition of My Twitter Favorites:

Fred Wilson
fredwilson the nice thing about doing email that is three days old is much of it is irrelevant now and has been taken care of by someone else
Graham Walker
grahamwalker Friend who shall remain nameless: "You look pale and tired, you need a nap." Gee, thanks. That pretty much sums up my next 3 years. :/
Robert Scoble
Scobleizer Google Reader makes me smarter than anything else I have found online. The stuff I find there is remarkable. Keep it up!
Chris Seper
chrisseper Here's where social paths cross. Just added my son's kindergarten teacher as a friend on Facebook.
Fred Wilson
fredwilson Didn't read the paper or the net today but did catch up on twitter and I think I've got the bases covered now
Paul Kedrosky
pkedrosky Some days I envy the homeless guy who plays the sax every day in the park at the end of my street
Steve Rubel
steverubel Twitter recorded 2.3 million unique visitors in August, an increase of 422% from the same period last year. http://tinyurl.com/5jofuk
Fat Doctor
FatDoctor Can't concentrate on patients...thinking of all the things I could sell on eBay.
Joshua Schwimmer
KidneyNotes No kidding, this EMR has social history checkboxes for coffee intake and body piercings but not ALCOHOL.
Chris Seper
chrisseper street merchant calls to me "Yo Bill Gates." My poor wife.
ruraldoctoring Once you get in the habit of shredding, it seems there is SO much more to shred.
Graham Walker
grahamwalker wonders how an election could be close when our entire economy is collapsing before our eyes.
Jason Shellen
shellen Her: Where are you located? Me:The West Coast. Her: What city? Me: Lafayette. Her: Lafayette the state? Me: Yes... the state of Lafayette.
Joshua Schwimmer
KidneyNotes A first: just got some important past medical history on one of my patients from their Wikipedia entry. (Don't ask.)
ruraldoctoring Sitting around almost comatose, as I have been for several days. I must be getting old, night shifts used to be easier.
Graham Walker
grahamwalker @KidneyNotes Lowest Na I've seen thus far in my short career is 105 from psychogenic polydipsia. Voices were telling him to drink.
ruraldoctoring Morning (almost afternoon). Awake for good, after being up and down with phone calls all night.
Bertalan Meskó
Berci Rainy climate is the best for a geneticist/e-health "worker"...
scanman @Berci You're the first person who, to my knowledge, has said something good about the English climate ;o)
Bertalan Meskó
Berci The only country where I would love to live is England (perfect climate, culture, sport, humour and language). Have to find a way...

Micro-blogging on Twitter is easy, fun and can be very useful and educational if you follow/subscribe to interesting people. To see that even "not-so-bright" guys can do it, feel free visit my account at Twitter/AllergyNotes.

You can read more here: A Doctor's Opinion: Why I Started Microblogging on Twitter.