Family Medicine Digital Resources Library

About 8 years ago, as a participant in the cool new thing called a
"listserv" where family medicine educators would e-mail each other and
talk about medical education … someone suggested that we should
create an online library where we could share digital resources. So I
built one
And it was hard to manage, moderate, etc.

 People shared viruses in
addition to useful resources.

It got messy.
So another version was born
– which Dave helped to build .. after we built a similar online library
for the Crozer-Keystone family medicine residency.

But it still didn't have a team of editors and librarians watching over
So .. inspired and assisted by Helen Baker and Traci Nolte — I wrote a
grant for STFM to create an infrastructure for the library.

 The grant was funded and now
we've started work.
In addition to creating a spec for the software … I've ordered up the

We had a great talk last week with the guys from Heal
and will likely staeal lots of their code to creat our version … None
of this is an excuse for the paucity of blog entries lately.

I still
have to get my lecture notes and links from the PAFP meeting I spoke at
a few weeks ago … but that may have to wait one more day .. In the
meantime ..

here are some interesting "must read" suggestions form the
not-so-new thing called "Family-L" — the listserv for family medicine
educators, courtesy of Dan Sontheimer:

John Abrahamson's book, "Overdo$ed Amercia".

Another would be the
Future of
Family Medicine Project report "The Future of Family Medicine: A
Collaborative Project of the Family Medicine Community" in Annals of
Medicine, Vol. 2, Supplement 1, March/April 2004.

A book by the Harvard
Negotiation Team
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most
by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher
Good To Great, by Collins (book, in any chain bookstore, on surprising
findings after studying persistently great companies)

The article is in the October 28th, 2004 NEJM by Chris Landrigan, MD et
about work hours in IM interns in the ICU. Prospectively they showed
sleep deprived interns made more mistakes than better rested interns.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement
Without Giving In, by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton.
IOM's Health Professions Education: A Bridge To Quality (part of the
Quality Chasm Series).

Chapter 3 "Primary Care :40 Stellar Community Health Centers" in the
2002 IOM Report: "Fostering Rapid Advaces in Health Care"

Affairs Web exclusive entitled: "Medicare Spending, The
PhysicianWorkforce, And
Beneficiaries' Quality Of Care"

The series of articles in NEJM about reforming the VA System via an
emphasis on primary care and quality measurement

The Journal, "Health Affairs"
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondatje (author of The English Patient).

Closing the Chart: A Dying Physician Examines Family, Faith, and
By Stephen Hsi

Atul Gawande in his New Yorker article has captured this difference in
much better literary effort.