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Research Article: An Easy-to-build, Low-budget Point-of-care Ultrasound Simulator - From Linux to a Web-based Solution

Research Article: An Easy-to-build, Low-budget Point-of-care Ultrasound Simulator - From Linux to a Web-based Solution
Lead Author: Domagoj Damjanovic
Submitted by: Kerensa Peterson, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Finding a hands-on ultrasound simulator that is inexpensive and easy to access in any setting is a challenge for many medical schools.  There are computer-based programs that have been developed that are either affordable or accessible but combining these two principles has remained challenging – until now.  The authors of this study analyzed the usability of an HTML-based solution to this problem that they created based on the developers of the original EDUS2, Paul Kulyk and Paul Olszynski.  Take a look at this incredible innovation in the Critical Ultrasound Journal here.

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General Interest: Kathryn

General Interest: Kathryn
By: David Muller, MD
Submitted by: Dan Brown, Emory School of Medicine

Dr. Muller begins with a story of a fourth-year medical student that took her own life, and ends with a call to action at his own school, encouraging the same of others. He describes the relentless pressure faced by prospective and current students, and calls for a culture change. For us, as educators administering the tests that cause the learners some of the greatest stress of their academic careers, this can serve as a reminder of the fragile mental state they may be in.Read the full article in the New England Journal of Medicinehere.

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Podcasts: KeyLIME and Pomegranate Health Offer Podcasts in Medicine

Podcasts: KeyLIME and Pomegranate Health Offer Podcasts in Medicine
Submitted by: Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

If you have ever wished you had more time to read medical education articles or other resources but just can’t seem to find the time in your schedule, consider multitasking and listening to a podcast while you work. Two resources, Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) and Pomegranate Health offer podcasts that discuss the main points of a medical education article in just 20 minutes, or present stories about clinical decision-making, physician well-being or socio-ethical challenges in medicine, respectively. You can listen to podcasts directly from the website or you can subscribe on iTunes or other podcast streaming apps. Listen in for something different or a change of pace!

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Medical Education: “There’s a Person in There”

Medical Education: “There’s a Person in There”
By: Joe Burns
Submitted by: Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

The elderly female patient was a frequent visitor of the dermatology clinic.  Her physician had provided routine care for her, removing suspicious spots for decades.  Today she was presenting for an exacerbation of her psoriasis.  We entered the room and the patient was visibly distraught.  She was wearing a wrinkled t-shirt and old jeans, a stark contrast to her usual Southern Lilly Pulitzer dresses.  As we began taking her history, she broke down, bawling over her psoriasis. Read the full articleat Reflective MedEdhere.

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Podcast: How Standardized Patients Work

Podcast: How Standardized Patients Work
By: Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, Stuff You Should Know
Submitted by: Anna Lank, C3NY

Even the most brilliant medical minds need a good bedside manner, and thanks to standardized patients, they can improve their skills. What are they? Part-time workers who pretend to be real patients so doctors can practice on live humans. If you're remembering Kramer on Seinfeld right about now, you're not alone.Listen to the podcast here.

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General Interest: Med Students Create App to Connect LGBTQ Patient, Inclusive Doctors

General Interest: Med Students Create App to Connect LGBTQ Patient, Inclusive Doctors
By: Rebecca Oh
Submitted by: Stephen Charles, Educational Resources Committee Chair

Three medical students at the University of Pennsylvania are getting ready launch their LGBTQ-focused health care app, SpectrumScores, by the end of August.The app will connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer patients with doctors who have been recognized as LGBTQ-friendly by advocacy organizations, academic medical centers and, eventually, the app users themselves.Read the full article on the NBC News website here.

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In the Age of Digital Medicine, the Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

In the Age of Digital Medicine, the Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On
By: Bret Stetka
Submitted by: Bob Bolyard

Receiving a diagnosis in 2017 — at least one made at a medical center outfitted with the latest clinical gadgetry — might include a scan that divides your body into a bread loaf of high-resolution digital slices. Your DNA might be fed through a gene sequencer that spits out your mortal code in a matter of hours. Even your smartphone might soon be used to uncover health problems.Yet nearly 130 years since its inception — after decades of science has mapped out our neuronal pathways — a simple knob of rubber with a metal handle remains one of medicine's most essential tools. I'm referring to the cheap, portable, easy-to-use reflex hammer. Read the full NPR article here.

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