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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.

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So you think you’re unbiased

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A supportive, strong relationship with a mentor can have a huge impact on one’s professional development and success in a workplace. But subtle barriers to open communication and mutual engagement can halt that relationship from becoming truly productive. Such barriers can often be traced to mentors’ unconscious biases against those different from themselves.

In a recent professional development course run by the Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Offices for Faculty Development and Diversity (CHADD), keynote Robbin Champman, PhD, associate provost at Wellesley College, spoke to an audience of senior clinicians and clinical researchers about recognizing and correcting for unconscious biases that threaten what could otherwise be a fruitful mentoring experience. …Read More

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

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A supportive mentor can make a huge impact on a novice physician’s confidence and career trajectory. Proven benefits range from a higher promotion rate to improved job satisfaction. One study from Harvard Medical School found that residents with mentors were twice as likely to report “excellent career preparation,” and 93 percent said it’s important to have a mentor during residency.

Unfortunately, only half of the residents who took part in that study could actually name a current or past mentor.

“You used to see senior physicians, mid-career doctors, residents and fellows all eating together in the cafeteria,” says Theodore Sectish, MD, Director of Education for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP), a joint training effort of Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. “Now it’s more likely that people eat at their desks. You just don’t see those kinds of organic interactions.” …Read More

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