Saturday, December 20, 2014

My top seven posts of 2014

I'm now in my fifth year of blogging. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read what I have written—especially those who have commented. I've learned a lot from you.

My seven most read posts of 2014 are listed below. Click on the title to read the post.

"That electric hand dryer study was bogus" was an analysis of a study that made outrageous claims about electric hand dryers and dispersal of bacteria.

"What are the residency prospects for graduates of offshore medical schools?" took a look at the realities associated with graduating from medical schools outside the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

"Preventing infection: The "bare below the elbows" rule for doctors doesn't go far enough" discussed the role of clothing in the transmission of disease and the ultimate solution to the problem.

"A medical student says to abandon the match" was my take on a proposal to do away with the residency matching program in the US. Spoiler alert: I didn't think it was a good idea.

"How to select surgical residents: The evidence" was a review of the limited evidence concerning how surgical program directors select candidates to interview and rank.

"A paper of mine was published. Did anyone read it?" spoke to the proliferation of medical journals, the likelihood that a single paper will be read, and what the future may hold.

"Health Care and the $20,000 Bruise: A different take" raised a lot of questions about a Wall Street Journal article written by a doctor who took his son to an emergency room for an 11-day-old bruise on his head.

And the all-time winner so far is this post, "Appendicitis: Diagnosis, CT Scans and Reality," which was the tenth post I ever wrote and is approaching 22,000 page views.

Best wishes to all.


qtipp said...

As a medical student I have learned a lot from the wisdom (yours and commenters) on this blog. I've started many a good conversation in the OR as a result of some of the topics stated here.
I'm curious about what are your top posts for "ask skeptical scalpel" (if it isn't included in your breakdown).

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Here are the top 4 posts for "Ask Skeptical Scalpel." I hope you enjoy them.

A woman asks, "Should I be a nurse practitioner or a doctor?":

Help! My friend didn't match in orthopedics ... again:

A med student loves open surgery, asks about the future of pediatric surgery:

A non-US citizen international student's chances of matching in surgery:

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