When it comes to CE offerings, one of the most popular topics on this site is sexually transmitted diseases (what does this say about us as a discipline I wonder?). If you’re looking for a little bit of a refresher, or you need the hours, the CDC has an STD self-study that includes modules on gonorrhea, chlamydia, and vaginitis (which I think is helpful to know when it comes to that whole question, is it pathology, is it trauma or is it a normal variant?). The curriculum is based on the 2010 treatment recommendations.
Time once again for this month’s Articles of Note, a review of some of what has caught my eye from the recently published peer-reviewed literature. Please keep in mind this is not exhaustive, just some of what I am currently reading this month. You’ll note that there are several free full-text articles in this month’s review. For those of you who want a word doc, feel free to contact me. Otherwise the Scribd doc is embedded, followed by the list of articles with links.
Time once again for our annual gift guide (you can see previous year’s guides here, here, and here). I’ve tried to give a broad array of serious and fun, useful and much less so. Click through to see this year’s recommendations. In addition to the gift guide I will also be posting an assortment of must have tools and resources from valued colleagues and friends in the field, so look for those over the next couple weeks.
This was recently posted on TED and I absolutely love it. You don’t have to be an aid worker in a distant country to get the general lesson in this pointed and very funny talk by Ernesto Sirolli. It speaks volumes about entrepreneurship and management and my guess is that if you listen hard enough, you may find some relevance to the work we do every day.
Thought you might enjoy this video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which addresses much of what we do as forensic healthcare providers (and if I’m not mistaken, includes an IAFN board member, which is very cool).
Taking time off leaves a good chunk of time for reading, especially on road trips. In my household, my partner likes to do the distance driving, which leaves me the job of reader. Once I have finished reading aloud the day’s newspaper (or at least the interesting-to-me parts of the Washington Post or NY Times), it’s on to all manner of electronic articles (thank you wifi and consistently good cell service between DC and Cleveland). Here’s some of what caught my attention since last we spoke:
For the first time in more than 20 years we have everyone under one roof for what is my family’s most cherished holiday. Kids, spouses and grandkids are all at my folks’ place for the week. We will only be 9 (we’re a small crew), but we will cook for twice that, with many hands in the kitchen and an enormous capacity to enjoy (and eat) the meal that will take days to prep, and less than an hour to devour. I have taken the rest of the week off, and am grateful to have these days at home with my people. For those of you who will not have the luxury of being with your people on this holiday, especially those of you working a shift or taking call, thank you. I hope it will be quiet and uncomplicated, that you will be working with your favorite colleagues, that overtime will be unnecessary. And that a plate of good food will be waiting for you, wherever you are. Happy thanksgiving. See you back here Monday.
IAFN has a webinar coming up of particular interest to those of you who take care of kids: Straddle Injury vs. Sexual Abuse–Managing Traumatic Genital Injury in Children. The session will be held December 12th from 12-1:30 pm ET. Cost is $30 for members ($60 for non-members) and will net you 1.5 CEUs.
I am back in the CLE for the week of Thankgiving, with my daughter, partner, parents and my little brother and his family. Every free moment is being spent immersed in family, so I haven’t been reading as much as I normally do. However, there are certainly a few things that have caught my eye since last we spoke:
In response to my posting about checklists last week, I received an email from Dr. Lynn Sheets about a sexual assault clinical resource she had co-authored, over on MedEdPortal. (click through for a full description). Not familiar with MedEdPortal? I had forgotten about it until I received this email–it’s a peer-reviewed site for teaching and faculty development tools. You can access content for free, but registration on the site is required. I could lose an entire afternoon just perusing their library.
The Institute of Medicine and the Avon Foundation for Women announced the winners of their global challenge to create apps that would help prevent domestic violence. The 3rd and 4th place winners built apps specifically for healthcare providers, so I thought I would share them here.
EVAWI, in partnership with AEquitas (my org), has published a map of SAFE Payment Laws and Guidelines. As described in the announcement: “Many professionals have questions about the laws in their own state or territory, pertaining to forensic compliance and payment for sexual assault medical forensic exams. Answers can be found in a new document entitled, Summary of Laws & Guidelines: Payment of Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations” (PDF). I think many of you will find this to be a particularly useful resource.
After a very long (but very productive week) in Portland last week, I unplugged for the weekend (sort of). Mostly I just tried not to do work, instead enjoying being home after 5 days on the opposite coast. As much as I like Portland, I like DC more, and DC was lovely enough to provide a gorgeous weekend with very little in the way of a schedule. So that left plenty of time for reading–here’s a sample of what caught my eye since last we spoke:
A very happy forensic nurses week to all my friends and colleagues around the world. If you’re still looking for ways to commemorate the week, check out some great ideas from IAFN. And, as the partner of a veteran (as well as the daughter, daughter-in-law and granddaughter of veterans), a note of gratitude for all of you who have deployed and who love and support those who have deployed. Happy Veterans Day.
If you were in Puerto Rico last month, you may have heard Jennifer Pierce-Weeks’ excellent session on expanding SANE practice. If not, you’re in luck–she’s repeating it via webinar for IAFN’s next online offering. The session will be November 29th at noon, ET. The cost is $15 ($30 for non-members) and will net you 1 CEU. Trust me–it’s worth it.
This week while working with the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, I made mention of my appreciation for clinical prompts and checklists that ensure that we provide a consistent level of care to patients coming through our doors. I read Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto (which I keep on my iPad and revisit regularly), and have found it to resonate quite a bit. It’s a great read, but to give you the general gist, you can check out this podcast over at Harvard Business Review. Personally speaking, I think it’s a must-read for program managers. And, you know, the holidays are coming…
The National Strangulation Training Institute is offering a webinar, The Pandora Effect: Addressing Long-Term Health Consequences of Strangulation. The session will be held November 20th at 10am PST. Dr. Ellen Taliaferro will be the featured speaker. (UPDATE: ARCHIVED MATERIALS AVAILABLE HERE.)
Just Detention International is hosting a webinar, Understanding the Issue: An Overview of Sexual Abuse in Prison. The session will be held November 14th from 11-12:30 PST.
I’m spending the week in Portland, OR teaching and consulting with a fantastic group of folks, a gig I’ve been looking forward to for awhile. Here’s hoping this week will be a drier and warmer one for our friends and colleagues in New York and New Jersey still recovering from Sandy. For a peek at what’s been flowing into my in-box and my Twitter feed since last we spoke: