Worth Your Time Weekly – 4/12/18

Welcome to Worth Your Time Weekly – April 12, 2018

Each Thursday, I do a quick post with 3-5 links I come across (or were emailed to me by you!) that I think are worth your time.  Here are the links for this week (and don’t forget last week’s WYTW)!

Also, don’t forget to check my last two posts; 1) about the top things a pharmacist should think about when they graduate, and 2) my simple path to becoming a pharmacist millionaire

On to the Links!

1. More Problems with PSLF – from the New York Times

I don’t include this link to scare people off from PSLF, but to emphasize that you need to have your best bureaucrat hat on and be ready to really dive into details of how to get authorized and make sure you are getting credit for your payments.  If you are hoping to receive $150,000 or more in student loans forgiven – you better be ready to earn it by sweating the details.  This article details a few situations where the Loan Servicer just doesn’t care if you get the details right.  One woman doesn’t get credit due to paying more than the minimum, one person’s company wasn’t “charity” enoughto qualify, and another person was in the wrong loan program entirely…

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/your-money/public-servants-student-loans.html

 

2. How to Provide Better Feedback (as colleague or leader)

When I ran a large pharmacy, I really focused trying to improve my communication and coaching skill set.  In my experience (both as a staff person and a leader), poor communication is usually close to the top complaint by staff of their leaders.  This is a short article, but does a good job of hitting on some simple changes you could make in order to provide better feedback to your colleagues, your boss, or your subordinates.  If you are a boss/leader, my favorite tactic (mentioned in the article) is to open yourself up for criticism or coaching in a staff meeting or public scenario.  If you are you willing to hear ways you could improve in a public space and your staff see your attitude toward it (and hopefully this it’s a positive reaction!) – it can really help you provide more effective coaching/feedback to them.

 

https://www.fs.blog/2016/02/roger-fisher-and-alan-sharp-on-how-to-really-provide-feedback/

 

 

3. Your craft, artisan whiskey is probably from a random factory in Indiana…

I won’t claim to be a whiskey connoisseur, but there are a few I like.  Recently, I toured High West Distillery in Park City, UT and I was impressed by their friendly staff, taste of their bourbons and ryes, and their huge shiny copper still.  Turns out they buy their stuff from some place in Indiana.  This link is definitely worth a click to see if your favorite craft whiskey is actually just from some factory…  Not that this makes the product bad (I’ve always maintained we should drink what we like), but you likely shouldn’t be paying a premium for it.

 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/your-craft-whiskey-is-probably-from-a-factory-distillery-in-indiana

 

 

4. Great lecture on ICU Pain, Agitation, and Delirium from Dr. Dan Herr of the University of Maryland Medical Center

This lecture is from 2013, but nearly all of the contents are still current.  It is given by Dr. Dan Herr (who was/is part of the SCCM sedation guideline team).  If you are a student, resident, or just want a refresher on ICU sedation and delirium management – this is pretty darn good.  Some highlights:

  • At minute 16:00 – discussion of “Pain First”
  • At minute 22:30 – what to do “after” pain is addressed
  • At minute 25:20 – just say “no” to benzo’s
  • At minute 35:30 – the ABCDE of ICU delirium and the transition off sedation
  • At minute 47:00 – a GREAT chart on the anti-psychotics and the differences they possess in regard to the receptors they hit.  It’s worth watching the whole talk for this alone
    • but I told you how to skip right to it, you’re welcome =)

 

http://maryland.ccproject.com/2013/09/20/pain-agitation-and-delirium/

 

That’s it for this week.  Did you run across an interesting link?  Do you find this type of content valuable?  Post below or feel free to email it to me.  I read every comment and email I receive.

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