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A Piece of My Mind |

Impact Factor

Robert E. Hirschtick, MD
JAMA. 2011;305(3):230. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1996.
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I’m flying home from a conference of medical educators. I took copious notes and when I get home, I’ll sort through every little thing in them. Right now, however, I’m contemplating a word of great importance to medical educators. The word: impact. My contemplation was triggered by a conversation at the conference that indeed had a great impact on me. It won't be long before we touch down and I’m hurriedly putting my thoughts to paper. Here they are.

Conferences are wonderful for learning about new research as well as innovative education strategies and technologies. For my part, however, I dislike going to conferences. The activities are helter-skelter. I don't like to network. The meeting rooms are too cold. Thus, I’m rather curmudgeon-y at such affairs, and when the opening speaker made the requisite statement about “reconnecting with old friends while making new ones,” I’m thinking if I wanted to do that I’d join Facebook.


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