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  • Maintain privacy and information security

    We live in a generation of advanced technology and sometimes it is tempting to use that technology in a way that is not in conformance with Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards. Don’t be the resident who gets their car broken into and computer stolen, compromising all the protected health information of the patient records stored there.

  • Dealing with stressors that cause resident fatigue

    Residents’ desire to function professionally and act in the best interest of patients and their families influences and even determines every action they take. However, this dedication sometimes leads to psychosocial issues that can jeopardize their health and job performance.

  • Physician fatigue linked to electronic health record use

    Most physicians experience fatigue working with electronic health records (EHRs) for as little as 22 minutes, a recent research article indicates.

  • Address inequality in medical training

    Inequities in medical training for students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds have only been amplified by the disruptive forces of COVID-19, according to the AMA.

  • How are your residents physically distancing themselves?

    How are your programs accommodating residents who must adhere to new physical distancing requirements? What challenges are you running into with providing residents adequate workspaces? I’m sure your colleagues who are struggling with these problems would like practical solutions to provide more space for their residents to work safely.

    Email me with how your program has overcome these challenges and your responses could end up in an upcoming article.

  • Have a policy for closures and reductions

    In this day of decreased dollars to train resident physicians, you may have to face the elimination of a particular program, of all the programs in your institution, or a reduction in the residency complement.

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  • Heard this week

    “When you are unfamiliar with a topic being discussed on rounds, take the risk and ask about it. Better to sound a bit green and learn something new than to stay silent and not know what to do when you get that 3:00 a.m. call.”

    - Kirk Sidey, MD, discusses overcoming the fears that plague residents.