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Perceptions of teaching...

Anthropology shows how people of different cultures perceive the world differently, and often those subtle differences are reflected in language. For example, a’o in Hawaiian is the verb meaning “learn, teach.” Yes, to learn and to teach is the same word. That certainly tells...

“Oh no, I have enough...

I know. You don’t have time to learn about Twitter. You don’t care what strangers ate for lunch. You don’t even text message yet. Why should you want to learn to tweet? Perhaps you agree with Rep. Barney Frank: “I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential...

Discharge teaching begi...

Discharge teaching begins at admission. To make this meaningful, I would add: Discharge teaching begins at admission, and continues with every patient or family encounter. Discharge teaching includes assessment, teaching, and evaluation of understanding. Every time you interact with...

Surgeons: Something yo...

Surgeons, you need to know: Your discharge instructions are not as good as you think they are. There, I said it. Evidence: — Your patients don’t follow your instructions. — You and your office staff get calls with questions that could have been avoided with better education. —...