I always find there is something appealing about old university towns. I am in Uppsala, a city I have visited for work on many occasions. Seems so small, and yet in reality it is Sweden’s fourth largest city. I was speaking at a mini-symposium on academic publishing, and how tech fits into the world of teaching clinical medicine. But there is always some time to enjoy the sights— even as the days draw in.
Nice graphic over at flowingdata.com. Lots of other great graphics, too.
This is via Andy Fugard on twitter, and is based on official data for consultation rates in GP. Just look at the raw number of consultations per person. In the area of medicine I know something about, with the increased ‘dumping’ of patients from secondary care to primary care, these numbers should be — and need to be— a lot higher. This is a system that is unworkable, and broken; and where the NHS is content to rearrange the deckchairs as the ship sinks. Tweaks around the edges will make no difference. Nor should anybody be surprised: these demographic changes were taught to me by John Grimley Evans in my first term at med school almost 40 years ago. Do not ask why students are getting coy about careers in general practice. Nobody in Westminster or Edinburgh has any idea what to do. (median, 25th and 75th percentiles, by sex). Remember: there is nothing unexpected going on here.
Access to skincancer909 Well, when was the exam?
From an article in the Economist.
This is from an article in the NYT on Apple and learning. So which do you teach in your medical course?
Source: New York Times
One of my old bosses always said that if you have more than a 3 arrows on a slide, you don’t know what is going on. The context was very much classical medical research, but I think there is something to be said for his scepticism. There is a quote from Paul Valery, I think to the effect of: that which is simple, is wrong; that which is complicated is useless. I looked at this whiteboard content and wondered how much it reminded me of med ed gone wrong. More HR speak, than education. The whiteboard was seen in a gym, and I think referred to dance.