September Reading Round-up

Sincere apologies for another blog gap.  Time was an issue.  An update that failed was a bigger issue- I had to figure out how to restore the back-up, which was a bit of a challenge.  We appear to be live again, so here we go!

In JAMA this week, an interesting Viewpoint about developing a national trauma system that can achieve zero preventable deaths after injury.  It’s a lofty goal, to be sure.

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Elmore, the first author, when I visited Wash U last year.  This study on trainee burnout in general surgery is important food for thought for all of us. She’s asking some important questions.

Small bowel obstruction is a bread-and-butter issue in general surgery.  Apparently, outcomes are best for patients with adhesive SBO who are managed by a surgical team.

Cultures that are driven by shame are cultures in which connection cannot occur- and in which we all tend to think that bad things are only happening to us. My own experiences during the hard times of residency tell me that the authors of this study are right– that connection AT work is as important in mitigating burnout and improving resilience as our activities away from work. When times get hard now, it remains true. Many of you know of my love of Brené Brown’s work, and this quote applies here: “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”  Yes.  This.

Recent pleasure reading that was discussed at book group last week was Outline by Rachel Cusk. It’s written in an interesting style and without terribly likable characters, though I’ll admit that the writing is excellent.  3 stars.

Happy September!  Happy Fall, y’all!