Towards Continuous ‘Medical’ Inspiration

go here by David J. Elpern, M.D. Abstract: Physicians waste too much time mired in our pedantic and mediocre professional literature. There is no way one can keep up with it and most of the articles are forgettable and sadly will prove to be inaccurate. It is better to spend time with the arts (literature, music, fine art, film) that are more important to one’s personal and professional development. They provide the Continuous Medical Inspiration that trumps Continuing Medical Education. Keywords: medical education, canon, personal canon, literature, fine art, music, William Osler, medical literature, CME Each week physicians and other caregivers peruse their professional literature.   We also gather regularly at Grand Rounds … Continue reading


Same-old, Same-old Grand Rounds “The student begins with the patient, continues with the patient, and ends his studies with the patient, using books and lectures as tools, as means to an end.” — Sir William Osler, Aequanimitas, 1905 Keywords:  grand rounds, incontenentia pigmenti, VGRD, academic medicine, continuing medical education, CME I recently attended a regional Dermatology Grand Rounds held at an academic medical center.  The first such meeting I attended was over 45 years ago.  The recent program featured live patient viewing of around 20 people with a variety of unusual skin disorders.  Around 150 – 200 dermatologists were present.  It started with a 1.5-hour patient-viewing during which we all trooped around the clinic … Continue reading

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