Letter from the editor

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By Dr. Steve Wong

We’ve had another great year at This Changed My Practice (TCMP), and I continue to be impressed by our authors’ contributions and the insightful commentaries from our readers. I’m humbled by the kind words and encouragement I’ve heard from many of you personally when we’ve met face to face at conferences.

We’ve heard from program directors and educators from different residency and undergraduate training programs who have incorporated This Changed My Practice into their educational resources, and some of them have even used topic postings as springboards for discussion at academic half days.

This year’s top five articles based on number of votes were:

  1. Acute limping in children by Dr. Ran Goldman (article)
  2. Never ignore an elevated eosinophil count – especially in travellers, immigrants and refugees Dr. Jan Hajek (article)
  3. Traveller’s diarrhea by Dr. Alissa Wright (article)
  4. Barrier repair in atopic dermatitis by Dr. Michelle Withers (article)
  5. Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by Dr. Natasha Press (article)

Reader comments are also a key part of the experience at TCMP. Our readers had the most dialog for these articles:

  1. Acute limping in children by Dr. Ran Goldman (article)
  2. Barrier repair in atopic dermatitis by Dr. Michelle Withers (article)
  3. Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by Dr. Natasha Press (article)
  4. Appropriate use of sedation in palliative care by Dr. Jan Hajek (article)
  5. Never ignore an elevated eosinophil count – especially in travellers, immigrants and refugees Dr. Jan Hajek (article)
  6. Aldosterone antagonists for the treatment of systolic heart failure by Drs. Mustafa Toma and Neda Amiri (article)
  7. This app changed my practice: My Fitness Pal by Dr. Marisa Collins (article)

I wanted to take an opportunity to highlight the contributions from UBC Faculty Development. This branch of our site is dedicated to teaching strategies that educators have found impactful. This section is still growing, but if you’re interested in new teaching insights, check out the series of This Changed My Teaching articles here: http://thischangedmypractice.com/category/teaching/.

We are also now exploring the feasibility of another TCMP article stream focusing on practice-changing information and impactful tips for rural physicians. Given the fact that the medical literature is very sparse when it comes to topics specifically affecting rural physicians, we are exploring additional topic areas that can enhance rural practice. Our hope is this will encourage a dialog amongst rural practitioners sharing insights and pearls that they might otherwise not see or have a chance to discuss in the usual educational outlets. This idea is just in its infancy but I encourage you to write me if you have any topic suggestions, or even better, would like to contribute to this initiative directly as an author or as a reviewer. Contact me at: editor@thischangedmypractice.com.

Thanks again to all of our readers, authors, editors and support team. On behalf of all of us at This Changed My Practice, I’d like to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday season! See you in 2014.

Steve Wong, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UBC
Medical Director, Clinical Practice Reviews, UBC CPD
Medical Director, This Changed My Practice, UBC CPD
http://thischangedmypractice.com/
http://www.ubccpd.ca/

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