March 2018 Reading Round up

I know…it’s about time.  Boxes all were successfully packed and made it out of Salt Lake and now we relate their arrival in Columbus.  This month’s reading round up will focus more on general media than the medical literature, mostly because there have been plenty of juicy tidbits out there recently.

OHSU has added “compassionate communication” to their medical school curriculum.  The rest of us should likely follow suit.

While the letters in response to this New Yorker article appropriately took issue with the failure to represent the perspectives of the staff who cared for Jahi McMath, her story itself remains fascinating.

Increasing amounts of research demonstrate the benefit of self-compassion in staying healthy both physically and psychologically. Many of y’all know I’m an Eric Barker fan, and he had a recent blog post on how to be our best selves that focuses on the role of self-compassion in success. The question of “How should you treat you?” is incredibly important as a cornerstone.

Here’s my one medical journal contribution for this month: opioids for chronic back pain and for osteoarthritis really, truly are the wrong answer. Changing our practices around opioid prescriptions in any specialty is urgent.

Last but not least, in honor of the time change tonight, can we just make the nonsense stop? Here’s some interesting information regarding why (at least in DC) year-round DST isn’t a bad idea.

Happy reading, y’all!  And more soon as I get settled in.