FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . .
How much new stuff (obviously I'm taking about medical stuff) do each of us learn every day? (both individually and everyone put together) - A LOT - ACTUALLY AN INSANE AMOUNT (Imagine close to 60 IM residents and 10 IM attendings - learning one new medical fact per person every day, in a hospital that offers an even broader spectrum of physio-pathology.
Do you ever discuss with your colleagues the new things you learnt today or over the last one week ?
Have you ever wondered - if every resident learnt one new medical fact every day, and you could get a peek into all of 'em on a daily basis - you would know close to 70 new medical facts by the end of the day - wouldn't you become extra smart pretty soon :)
Do you think you can focus for an entire hour reading a review article / listening to a lecture / morning report / conferences? How much of it do you retain?. No disrespect to structured reading, but I think it is more applicable to med school days where you had to get a sense of the entire playground.
Residency ain't a perfect place to sit down and go through tons of pages and hours of lectures. When you are on the run all day, the only sensible thing for you to do is adapt to learn stuff on the run.
- Read while on the move - You don't have to sit in a room with 30 other colleagues on a auspicious day / time to learn stuff. I want to learn stuff while I wait to pick up my Chinese (of course only if I feel like reading)!
- Read in bits and pieces - Fragment the topic - No one told you to listen to a 2 hour long lecture on CHF and fall asleep while doing it. Instead learn on day one that there are 3 beta blockers that improve mortality (Metoprolol succinate, carvedilol, bisoprolol), on day 2 learn that adding a touch of thiazide to Lasix would augment the diuresis in a CHF exacerbation - and goes on to day 3,4 and ...)
These were all the thoughts and questions that made me feel that what ever we are currently learning on a daily basis is absolutely inadequate. We try our best to keep up with the day to day work commitments, attend morning reports, noon conferences, grand rounds, once in a while feel frustrated that I don't know s*** and try to eat through an entire book overnight and not retain most of it. Formal education via above mentioned methods is just not cutting the deal for us. We need something more easy, comfy, cozy and non-formal.
We all agree that there is ample amount of medical knowledge exposure among each of us - we just need a better platform to share this information in an effective, short, flexible and interesting way. I want to learn what my co-residents currently doing their Cardiology and GI rotations learnt today. I want to be able to do it when ever and where ever I want to, in 10-15 mins.
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