The five most-read stories this week on Scope were:
Permission: Learning to thrive in medicine by breaking my own rules: In the latest installment of SMS Unplugged, Stanford medical student Jennifer DeCoste-Lopez writes about fulfilling her passion for medicine – and honoring her desire to become a parent.
Hawkeye Pierce (i.e. Alan Alda) teaches scientists how to better communicate about their work: During a recent workshop with Stony Brook University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stanford scientists practiced speaking and writing effectively about their work and learned which theater skills could be useful in building public interest in research.
You are what you read: The academic diet of the 21st-century medical student: Here, third-year medical student Mihir Gupta discusses the recent explosion of printed and digital medical resources that offer students alternatives to the classic texts that previous generations swore by. Gupta’s piece is the third installment in Scope’s weekly SMS Unplugged series.
A Stanford physician’s take on cancer prognoses: Paul Kalanithi, MD, a chief resident in neurological surgery at Stanford, describes his experience as a cancer patient in a New York Times SundayReview piece.
Coming soon: A genome test that costs less than a new pair of shoes: At the sixth annual Personalized Medicine World Conference in Mountain View, Calif., industry leaders and academics discussed the falling price of genome sequencing. Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics, gave a keynote talk at the start of the conference.
And still going strong – the most popular post from the past:
What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?: Brandon Peters, MD, an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explains how lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s well-being in this Huffington Post piece.