Have you ever found yourself reading an article in the New England Journal of Medicine and asked yourself, wouldn’t it be great if I could discuss this article with the authors themselves? Well, now you can. NEJM Group has partnered with Medstro to bring you NEJM Group Open Forum, a brand new discussion platform that allows physicians and medical students to engage directly with authors of articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine, subject matter experts and key opinion leaders.
Last year, I was interviewing the illustrious Dr. Eric Topol when he informed me that it took about 10 years for medical discoveries and innovation to go from bench to bedside. In other words, it takes 10 years for published research to disseminate into actual practice around the country. As a millennial, I know what my old college roommate in Houston ate for lunch today, so why is communication of medical research so slow?
How do we take newly published scientific research and make it live? How do we create a digital space for physicians to engage with the literature, ask questions, and figure out best practices?
Up until now, this space has not existed. And this is why I was so excited when the New England Journal of Medicine agreed to partner with Medstro to address this concern. And thus, the NEJM Group Open Forum powered by Medstro was born. Students—metaphorical (yes, we know all you Mass General people wear your short white coats with the philosophy that you’re always learning) and literal—welcome to the World’s Best Journal Club. The NEJM Group Open Forum is a series of live interactive discussions among authors, experts, and fascinating physicians, surrounding topics including the intricacies of modern medicine, cutting edge research, career development, and more.
The NEJM Group Open Forum has multiple tracks, but our first discussion features the authors of the New England Journal of Medicine original research article, “Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program.” In the study, coordinated by Boston’s own Children’s Hospital, 9 hospitals used a handoff improvement bundle which resulted in a 23% decrease in medical errors and a 30% decrease in preventable adverse events. What is a handoff bundle? How hard was it to implement? Should you consider implementing one yourself? These are all the questions you can ask the authors of the study! 21 authors of the study will be available to answer questions from today until November 19, including the Principal Investigator of the study Amy Starmer, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital and the Principal Investigator of I-PASS Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, also of Boston Children’s Hospital.
Join them now, and be part of the World’s Best Journal Club!
My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.
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