No Antibiotics for Diverticulitis...and other stuff the residents taught me this week

No Antibiotics for Diverticulitis...and other stuff the residents taught me this week

After almost twenty years as a doctor, constantly reading, it never ceases to amaze me how much I still don't know.  One of the highlights of my job is working with great residents who also teach me.  This week was no exception.  Here are two things I learned from our residents this week.

Resident Schedule Utopia - The Search Continues

Resident Schedule Utopia - The Search Continues

Internal Medicine interns and residents were either exposed to standard duty-hour policies of the 2011 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or flexible policies that did not specify limits on shift length or mandatory time off between shifts. Read more to see what they found.

How to Change Opiate Prescribing Habits

How to Change Opiate Prescribing Habits

Emergency clinicians who underestimated their own opiate prescribing were impacted more profoundly to reduce prescriptions by being shown their opiate prescribing data compared to their peers.

Hey, Press Ganey - You Can't Improve What You Can't Control

Hey, Press Ganey - You Can't Improve What You Can't Control

Patient satisfaction is important.  But the most commonly used metric in the US, the Press Ganey survey, may not be a good measure of individual emergency physician and clinician performance.  Giving emergency clinicians feedback on their Press Ganey scores, ostensibly so they could take steps to improve, did not lead to appreciable score improvements.

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