Every week, there are so many great blogs to read I barely have time left to write. Some of my favorites this week:
Various blogsters addressed the theme of professionalism in medicine. Without using the term explicitly, they touched upon elements of being a stand-up doc, such as:
- Dr. Happy post on dumping, which is--of course--unrelatd to shifting crap.
- Shadowfax's handling of an apparently insurmountable language barrier.
- The Buckeye Surgeon reflection upon preparing for the long hours of real life practice.
- Ten Out of Ten's examination of the ideal of helping people, and the reality.
- Med Valley High's report on the upside of being a real doctor. (A bit of advice--skip the free drug rep meals. You get indigestion later.)
- Bongi's post about the absolute necessity of being available when needed.
Other writers have been sharing their clinical pearls, and I'm much smarter thanks to them:
- Dr. Rob reminds us how to do a proper lung exam
- Buckeye reminds us there's more than one way to perform a colostomy
- Ramona's concise and EXTREMELY useful review of breast masses in adolescent girls. Primary care docs, take note.
- Medrants reviews an approach to avoiding inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in common viral infections.
I always look out for heartwarming tales. We need reasons to smile in this crazy work we do:
- Vitum Medicinus is already finding moments of amazement in his brand-new medical calling.
- Dr. David always has something upbeat to talk about on his blog, like jumping (out of a plane) for joy and when chemo works.
- Ramona teaches us that being of comfort sometimes means doing nothing medical at all.
- I'm not the only one writing birth stories. Check out Ten Centimeters and Beyond.
Read. Enjoy. Go do some good.