Readers’ choice: The Notes Top 5 for 2015

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It’s hard to believe that Notes didn’t really exist a year ago. As 2015 comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back and see what you, the readers, decided were the best stories that we published this year. And you picked an interesting range of stories:

  • an op-ed on hemophilia drug pricing
  • a reflection on difficult conversations in health care
  • a report on using simulation to test a hospital’s new emergency department
  • a call for better mentorship in medical training
  • an update on neurosurgical treatment of cerebral palsy

So here they are — the Notes Top 5 for 2015, as chosen by you.


Number 1Dose recommendations for new extended half-life hemophilia factor products fall short

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Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD, and Stacy Croteau, MD, of the Boston Hemophilia Center explain their concerns about new extended half-life hemophilia treatments.


Number 2On being present, not perfect

Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN, drew on her own experiences as a nurse and patient to create her powerful TEDxLongwood talk about difficult conversations.


Number 3Medical simulation makes its mark in Milford


Boston Children’s Hospital’s SIMPeds Program conducted a simulation event at Milford Regional before the doors opened to the hospital’s $54 million renovated emergency department in October.


Number 4Bringing mentors back into medicine: Promoting career guidance for medical residents

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Good mentoring can be critical to a new doctor’s career. Problem is, medical education today often lacks mentorship opportunities. But things are changing.


Number 5Expert’s Corner: Neurosurgical approaches for spastic cerebral palsy

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Many children with cerebral palsy can overcome spasticity with medication or physical therapy. For those who still struggle, neurosurgery may help.