November Reading round-up

Brand new month!  And therefore…it’s that time!

I’m finishing some revisions on a manuscript describing effective mentorship in academic surgery, so it’s intuitive that this article on mentorship programs in Departments of Surgery that appeared in the October JAMASurgery would be of interest to me right now.

To clip or not to clip (hair, that is, before surgery).  Would you believe it doesn’t matter for SSI rates?

It’s interview season for senior medical students, and as someone who has been involved in resident selection for a number of years (and has read plenty of not-helpful letters of recommendations), I am SO ready for us to develop a Standardized Letter of Evaluation in surgery.  Emergency Medicine has led out well on this.

Overly enthusiastic intubation for facial burns is a real thing. Now we need to figure out how to mitigate it since the “cost” of a miss is so very high.

While this piece obviously has a strong business focus, this idea of unlearning to learn applies almost more critically in medicine. We all have old habits in how we do things, and often the evidence to support them is lacking. We have to unlearn the behaviors we had in order to do our best for our patients, particularly when new evidence or techniques become available to us.

Fun reading: I’m currently polishing off the New Yorker‘s annual politics issue (and will openly admit that the election CANNOT be over soon enough!). Our October book for book group was, fittingly, Frankenstein.  I had forgotten what a tragic and beautifully told tale it is.