#MedEd Tips for Using Google Glass

Google Glass has the power to be an amazing tool for your education. If you have it, here are a couple tips for you to use it in your training.

Please be extra extra super cautious about privacy for those around you, though… especially patients. And make sure you know the policies of your institution regarding recording video, audio, pictures, etc. This is serious stuff.

But ultra-powerful too. Check out this video:

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By the way… you will notice that RookieDoc videos are no longer being posted under the RookieDoc YouTube channel. Instead, I am posting through the +EdTori channel now. This allows me to integrate YouTube, Google+ and Google Glass better (to bring you more value in more ways). Follow me on Google+ at +EdTori and on Twitter @DrEdTori

Are Seduction Artists, Cult Leaders and Con Men Your Secret To A Successful Career In Medicine?

How are you going to stand out from the rest of the crowd? Do you think you can do that by being the most-likely-to-regurgitate Harrison’s or Sabiston’s word-for-word? Probably not.

Watch this video and see if I can change your perspective a little bit (or maybe even flip your world upside down).

If pickup artists can get people to part with intimacy… And if con men can get people to part with their money… Then why are we having such a hard time helping people make healthy decisions?

Establishing rapport and trust does not take more time. (Neither pickup artists nor con men want to waste their time on their targets)

And being good at establishing rapport and trust is not something innate. It is learned and it is practiced. (Most people enter the pickup artist community because they lack social skills, not because they are already exceptional at them.)

So what about you? Are you willing to take some extra effort and to be a little more mindful in your interactions with patients, families, nurses, social workers, etc? You should be. It’s the key to a happier, more successful career.

Medical Training – Understanding Where You Are And What It Means To Patient Safety

I find that so many of the questions I get about medical training, medical school rotations, internship, and residency are best addressed after first understanding this model. Watch this talk I gave a while back at an Innovations in Patient Safety conference. It is only 12 minutes long, but should be completely worth it:

Let me know what you think in the comments. Do you find it helpful? Which parts resonate with you? (After answering, do me a favor & “like” the video on YouTube)

9 Best iPad Apps For Starting Medical Residency

Medical students, interns, and residents often ask me (via email or in the membership area) which books I recommend for their white coat pocket. But better than recommending books, I would much rather recommend apps for a smart phone or a tablet.

RookieDoctor.com Training for Med Students, Interns and ResidentsBooks, although they have served us well for millenia, have some inconveniences that are easily addressed by apps and ebooks:

  • Obviously, there’s weight. You can carry waaaay more reference materials with you on a smart device. It is pretty common for interns & residents to get recurrent headaches from the combination of stress and having too much in their pockets
  • Search. You can do the whole search-the-index thing, or flip-through-the-pages-at-random thing, or you can simply search for the term or phrase within the device.
  • Bookmarking, highlighting, note taking, etc can all be done right there within the reference apps.
  • Dynamic content. Links to related videos, zoom functions, calculators, are only a smidgeon of what can be accomplished within apps.
  • Updates. Content in the medical world is coming at us like water through a fire hose. The moment real books go to press, they’re on the verge of being outdated. Apps, ebooks, etc can be updated with the tap of a button (although they’re not always updated… so beware)

There are many more reasons to consider smart devices for your training. In some places, they’re required. And in many, they’re reimbursed. They are that essential.

Anyway, if you saw the title of this post and started reading, then I’m preaching to the choir. Here are some iOS apps & books for the iPad that are great for medical school, internship, and residency:

If you open this blog post on your iPad, these links will send you right to the download page.

Best Medical Calculator for Residency - MedCalcMedCalc Pro – although there are other free calculators, I prefer this one. This app has a HUGE ( > 200) selection of relevant formulae, scores, scales and classifications with detailed information and bibliographic references for each formula. Search for equations by name or by keyword. And you can create your own list of favorites for easy reach.

Great Free Medical Calculator for Residency - QxMDQxMD Medical Calculator – This is way more than just a calculator. It is more like a whole suite of tools in areas such as cardiology, internal medicine, nephrology, general practice, hematology, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology, neurology, neurosurgery, general surgery and obstetrics. Best part though? Totally free.

Great for Residency - ePocratesePocrates – a great, great service… I wouldn’t have made it through my training without ePocrates (unless I had this next one…) This, for me, was like Google is for searching. Awesome for quickly looking up medications, dosing, interactions, etc. I particularly like the alternative meds being listed. I actually looked smart (a big accomplishment) when I would bring up the fact that a certain herbal med was associated with the very arrhythmia the patient had.

Great for Residency - MedscapeMedscape – rapidly becoming better than ePocrates. I used to think of Medscape as a website that hurt my eyes and had too many articles that were in every topic but the one I wanted. Well, not only has their website gotten better, but their app is regularly updated and often improved from prior iterations. I wish Medscape was at this stage when I was in training. (If anyone from Medscape is reading this, kudos.)

Radiology Cases Review AppRadiology 2.0 – This app is pretty good. Not superb, but pretty good. If you’re on-call and admitting someone from the ED and there’s a free moment (yeah, right), this app is good for going over cases of CXR, chest CT, etc. Limited in how many images it can hold though.

DropBox - Great for Storing PresentationsDropBox app – an awesome service (& app) for storing files in the cloud. You don’t know stress until you get up to the front of a room full of peers and supervisors and your presentation doesn’t open. If you are doing a morning report, you will want to have a backup… and this is a great way of doing that. (Awesome, but NOT for storing patient data.)

Mind maps are great for notes and presentations - iThoughts HDiThoughts HD – mind maps are an awesome way to take notes, organize thoughts, and present information. If you are looking for a mind mapping app, this is it. I use this thing in hospital committees and people think I work magic… I take notes on it during the meeting, and I export those notes as a mind map PDF and an outline in an email to all of the attendees before they leave the meeting. How valuable do you think this is to the institution? To combating corporate inertia? To bettering healthcare? Help others and you will be helped. Serve others with an app like this and you’re an instant super star. (Awesome, but NOT for storing patient data.)

EverNote - awesome for taking notes during trainingEvernote – Personally, I’m a pack rat. My wife always gets on me to throw away old journals, old textbooks, and old notes. (I still have psych notes from waaay back in the diz-zay). Well, Evernote has saved me. No more taking notes, storing them somewhere, and wondering where I put them. I take notes in Evernote and Booyah! They’re available on all of my devices. (Awesome, but NOT for storing patient data.)

Personally, if I had an iPad during my training, I would have had books on it, rather than carrying them around.

Cecil's Internal Medicine for the iPadCecil’s Internal Medicine – very, very, very expensive. But if you’re going to buy a reference book for medicine, I prefer this one over Harrison’s and I prefer having it on my iPad over having it gather dust on my bookshelf.

Lastly, just to be clear… As with all links on the RookieDoc sites, it is possible that I earn a commission if you click through and purchase from these links… but I chose these for how great they are, not for the few cents I might from your click. And although I do have an app business and an iPhone game company, none of the apps presented above are mine.

The RookieDoctor.com membership area is mobile-ready. All of the videos and multimedia content is formatted for your iPad. Take a tour of the members area, here.

Dining Out On A Budget? – You Need This App

Dining Out on a Budget? Billr is the best app for splitting the billOK, you’re in medical school or internship or residency, so you’re most likely deeply in debt or earning a small salary or both. Most financial books and advice would say that you have no business dining out… that it’s financially unwise. And that it is.

But let’s face it. Your work days are also long and the time you have to grab something to eat is short. And at times you want to go out with your friends and colleagues. Fine. We all do.

But then there’s that slightly awkward moment where you get the bill. No one at the table is really in a position to buy food for everybody (and if they are, they probably don’t want to).

Well, here’s an app that solves that problem… and in an elegant way. Billr – hands down the best app for splitting bills when dining out.

Great Advice for Med Students, Interns and Residents – From A Patient’s Family Member

Many of you know that I collect hundreds (maybe thousands, now) of pieces of advice for medical students, interns, residents, and really, anyone in healthcare. Most often, the best source of advice is the patient and/or a caregiver of a patient… a family member or a loved one.

Short, but quite needed post today:

I received this piece today from a resident who happened to also be the loved one of a patient. I would like to share this piece of advice with you since (a) it is so true, (b) it needs to be elevated from being “a tip” to being ingrained in every human being entering healthcare, and (c) if you heed this advice you will stand out in a big, big way.

Here is what he/she submitted for you today:

1. Try to approach your patients as if they are, in fact, people…as opposed to “a case”. Far too often people are treated as interesting cases rather than a individuals who need help.

2. Don’t forget to educate your patients. Some physicians get caught up in rounds and teaching residents that they forget to teach their patients! Helping them medically involves educating them as well (Why do you think show’s like Dr. Oz and the Doctors are popular?…people want to know!!!)

Are you a patient, a caregiver, a nurse? Give some advice to young doctors here.

Interview: Physician Author Discusses Patient Stories, End of Life, and Time During Training

Where you can find more information about Last Wish and Dr. Van Scoy:

Lauren Van Scoy, MD currently serves as the Chief Fellow for Pulmonary and Critical Care in Philadelphia. She wrote Last Wish: Stories to Inspire a Peaceful Passing independent of her work at Drexel University College of Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital. The opinions expressed in her book are her own and not the opinions of her employer or her training institutions.

New Membership Area for Medical Students and Interns – Take a Tour

If you’re a 3rd or 4th year medical student or a new intern, you must see this video. It takes you inside what could be the single most important resource for the clinical years of your training (outside of the rotations themselves). This membership is like having a Super Attending in your pocket.

Here’s a glimpse of an email from a RookieDoc graduate:

On my first rotation of my third week my attending told me she had never had an MS3 like me. She said that I was performing at the level of a PGY2. The last day of my third week of my third year I diagnosed a patient with a rare disease that all the attendings & residents missed. The patient is still alive he would have died within about 24 hours without intervention. I had the courage to state my opinion. Thanks Dr Tori!
– Trish – Miami, FL

Of course, I’m not saying this is what your results will be like when you join, but it does mean that it, at least deserves a sneak peek inside. So go ahead… Check it out:

Teaching Rounds At A Whole New Level

If you’re a medical student, an intern, a resident or a fellow, then you can skyrocket your learning and your Boards preparation without adding time to what you do already.

You already go on rounds with your attending. You already attend conferences, classes, and morning report. You already go to Grand Rounds. And you might already go to Boards prep courses.

Well, check this out… with one tweak, your learning experience can go from okay to phenomenal.

If you want to get this amazing pen, you can order it from Amazon.

If you are an institution (a medical school, a residency program, etc) and you would like to learn more about how this concept can help your organization go from good to completely awesome, then go to NapkinRounds.com.


By the way, if you haven’t seen the changes yet:


–> Tour the Members Area <--

Advice for Medical Training