Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind: Proven!

I came across this article (full text) in Science titled A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind.

The authors developed a web application for the iPhone to create a large database of real-time reports of thoughts, feelings and actions. The volume of data was impressive with a quarter of a million samples from approximately 5000 people, across 83 different countries.

Mind wandering is frequent, in greater than 46% of the cohort. Participants self reported less happiness when their minds were wandering. People were no happier when thinking about pleasant topics.

To quote the authors: A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is and not happy mind.  The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost.

We train our bodies for greater fitness yet commonly neglect to train our minds for greater focus. Let your mind wander and think of what we could achieve with greater attention.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Thank You Colgate University: 2019 Wolk Conference on Medical Education and Men's Soccer Alumni Reunion Weekend

Thank you Colgate University for the honor of presenting at the 2019 Michael J. Wolk Conference on Medical Education.

It was an absolute pleasure to be back on campus and to meet so many talented students. The alumni guests, all working in healthcare, were impressive and inspirational. What a delight.

Also, thank you to Colgate Men's Soccer Coach Erik Ronning, for hosting the soccer alumni reunion. I survived the men's soccer alumni game, managed to play well (enough) and not get injured.

Saturday afternoon was spent watching NCAA Division I soccer: Colgate vs Loyola.

Later, a stroll around the campus.

Memories, friendships and shared experiences, both in the classroom and on the soccer pitch. 

Colgate vs Loyola 

Colgate vs Loyola

Colgate vs Loyola

1992 Patriot League Championship Trophy- Senior Year Honor

Alumni Game: Sporting the 2019 Colgate University Goalkeeper Jersey

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happy Global Handwashing Day!

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis

Just in case you were not in the know, today is Global Handwashing Day! Make it a safe and clean one!

See the dedicated Global Handwashing Day website, here.

Ignaz Semmelweis would be proud. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Beware of Presenteeism: Respiratory Viral Season is Around the Corner

Beware of presenteeism. Respiratory viral season is just around the corner.   

Kudos to Priya Nori and colleagues on this publication on presenteeism (working when sick) in training programs, a relevant reminder of the looming threat of viral respiratory pathogens transmitted within the workplace.

Presenteeism is high amongst training programs.  Aggressive campaigns are needed to raise awareness about the danger to patients from ill providers.  

A culture shift is required to emphasize 'fitness for work' rather than being a 'hero'  when working under the weather.

The time for action is now, at the onset of viral respiratory season in North America.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Thank you Richmond Academy of Medicine: Lunch on Tuesdays Program and Infection Prevention

Thank you to the Richmond Academy Medicine for their invitation to speak today at the Lunch on Tuesdays Program.

Not surprisingly, my topic was the only thing that I know a little bit about, hospital infection prevention.  The lecture was largely based on our published manuscript titled Hospital Infection Prevention: How Much Can We Prevent and How Hard Should We Try. The paper is accessible via PubMed, here.

It was a pleasure to give a lecture locally with such an engaged audience.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

ID Week 2019, Washington DC: Day 4- Parting Shots

Really enjoyed ID Week 2019. High quality meeting with meaningful colleague interactions. That's what it is all about.

Kudos to all the high quality presentations during the session that I moderated with Dr. Shandra Day.

Wonderful ID Week Leadership reception at the Smithsonian Museum, where I visited the infectious diseases outbreak exhibit, to round out the experience.

Heading back to Richmond later in the afternoon, already looking forward to ID Week 2020.

Friday, October 4, 2019

ID Week 2019, Washington DC: Day 3- SHEA Society Awards

Thank you to the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)for the 2019 Barry Farr Award for the best domestic clinical study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE). Our manuscript is PubMed Indexed here.

More importantly, thank you to my amazing collaborators and to all of the healthcare workers at VCU. They do all the work so that I may take the credit.

Last, it was an honor to share the awards ceremony with Dr. Joseph Mylotte, the 2019 Recipient of he Sue Bradley Award, for his work as an ICHE manuscript reviewer. Dr. Mylotte made a huge and positive impression on me during my time as a medical student at the University of Buffalo.

I am humbled by the high quality colleagues honored today at the ID Week 2019 SHEA Society Awards.