KevinMD posts of the week, July 3, 2011

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Reasons why medical students burn out and become depressed. I began my third year with what most would argue is the most difficult rotation, surgery, and my experiences over the past 5 weeks have sparked introspection on the things that cause medical students to burn out and wall themselves off during the clinical years.

2. Google Health failed because consumers did not see the value of a PHR. How can technology help us live healthier lives? Why did Google Health fail? Why are Klout and Twitter Grader publicly issuing a number to me by name about how influential I am?

3. When you close an abdomen after a failed rescue, the OR is silent. I didn’t know her name until it was over, much too late.

4. Avoiding confrontations and the difficulty of standing up for yourself. When I was 8, my mom went to a parent-teacher night at school. When she sat down with my teacher, the teacher smiled and said: “So how are Susan’s swimming lessons going?”

5. Should doctors be scared of government mystery shoppers? It’s concerning that the government has to resort to guerrilla tactics to confirm what physician-organized studies already show: yes, there’s a primary care shortage. But if they need to see for themselves how dire the situation is, perhaps they can act more emphatically to provide more primary care resources.

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