I made several meager attempts in medical school and residency, but I was always meek about posting patient related information and I was always pressed for time and drained of energy.
However, I'm moving into a new period of my life (and a new period of the blogosphere where it is going the way of the dinosaur and may actually have more intimate readership!... i.e. just me.)
I'm starting up a master teacher fellowship in medical education and we wrote a reflection in our "blogs" on a website and I figured, hey, this is good enough that I'll save it for my own site as well.
Before I started medical school, I was interested in being a teacher or a scientist. I loved analysing, studying and sharing what I learned with others. As I went through college and learned more about the differing opportunities that a physician has available, I realized that I did not have to these give up while working as a physician! The concept of “how doctors think” is highly prized by learners and I want to work on ways to provide this early on in medical school/residency curriculum. Research on this subject by Croskerry (2009) and Gigerenzer (2011) has inspired me to be more self-aware of this process. I plan to implement what I learn with the University of Dundee coursework to help create a framework for the development of clinical judgement and to instill a sense of effective lifelong learning in those I work with and those I teach. I am a little worried that the expected length of completion for the masters program is 3-5 years. This is the main reason why I want to keep my end-goals in mind and find ways to always apply my knowledge towards my thesis.
CROSKERRY, P. (2009). A Universal Model of Diagnostic Reasoning. Academic Medicine. 84 (8), 1022-1028.