October Reading Round Up

I’ll start with a congratulations to our colleagues at JACS, who have achieved their highest impact factor in the Journal’s history.

Are 360-degree evaluations helpful for surgeons?  Apparently, yes, and for that I’m grateful since ours are almost ready to launch in our Department.

Does patient satisfaction adversely impact quality of care?  This study using NSQIP data indicates that it does not.

The October issue of the American Journal of Surgery is the Association of Women Surgeons issue.  Since I am now President of the AWS, I’m of course going to tell you to read the whole thing.

GME reform is likely about to become a cornerstone issue in my existence.  This piece in Academic Medicine provides some interesting food for thought about potential impact of cutting IME without a plan for replacing it.

And last, I’m going blatantly political for a moment after the Oregon community college shootings this week.  Adam Gopnik published this in 2012, shortly after Sandy Hook, and it remains completely, utterly true since no change has occurred in the almost-three-years since it was written.  We’ve had nearly 300 mass shootings this year in the United States.  When are we going to say, “Enough!” to the gun lobby?  When are we going to stop this epidemic of violence that is ONLY seen in the United States?  It’s simply not okay that people aren’t safe at school or in movie theaters or the shopping mall or…you get the idea.  It is NOT okay, and nothing can make it okay.