July reading round up

That’s right…I’m back!  More later on being recharged, but because I wanted to get back on the grid with something that’s relatively quick in production, it’s time for the July reading round up.

So, what came across my email/ Twitter/ desk while I was vacationing that caught my eye?

In JAMASurgery, this important work from my colleague Ben Brooke showing that early PCP follow-up after high-risk surgery is associated with a lower rate of postoperative readmission.

JACS gets two selections this month, though I admit that one is a publish-before-print moment of shameless self-promotion.  Paul Kuo and his colleagues used the AAMC Faculty Forward survey for this excellent paper on faculty satisfaction and retention that they presented at last November’s Western Surgical Association meeting.  Our model of disruptive surgeon behavior represents my first major foray into qualitative research, which seems to be where all of my own education research is now headed.  Stories…I do love stories.

I had the privilege of discussing this work from the Imperial College education group last year at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.  They continue to push our use of simulation forward in meaningful ways.

Delirium is a serious problem in the ICU and among hospitalized elderly patients- in my world, I get patients who have both issues.  This prospective cohort study shows a high incidence of delirium in elderly general surgery patients, reinforcing the importance of education in the management of the geriatric surgical patient.

I’ve long struggled with the management of sedation in our critically ill pediatric burn patients, something that I know is a common problem amongst my colleagues in burns (publication pending).  This survey reinforces my believe that it’s not just in pediatric burn care, but all pediatric critical care, that struggles with best practices for our younger patients.

Current for-fun reading?  I’m catching up on my backlog of the New Yorker.  Fiction recommendation hopefully coming in August.


1 thought on “July reading round up

  1. Amalia, are you familiar w/Sam Browning (i THINK that’s his name) at IMC w/pts’ stories about their experiences? If you don’t know him, you should, scary smart and very interesting brain on him, plus personal/family experience w/being ICU pt.

    And for non-fiction really good (and not obvious) reading is a title Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, it’s on Amazon for Kindle/iPad. Technically, it’s pop psych, but incredibly useful and evidence based. Debunks a lot of common wisdom (like “they need anger management training”) w/research, and says what DOES work. A couple of social worker friends pulled me aside during my most recent review and made me read it. It helped a lot.

    For fiction, check out Point of Direction by Rachel Weaver. It’s about Alaska, and if I say anything more it would be a spoiler. Just trust me, it’s getting all kind of attention, in a good way.