Welcome to Health Policy Happenings, our feature highlighting everything from an important and informative long-read to a great Twitter thread. Please feel free to send along anything you think we should feature!
The Nocturnists podcast highlights the stories of doctors and other health workers by recognizing that docs “are burdened with an increasingly automatized health care system which may distance them from the narrative richness of medicine.” Each episode is around 30 minutes–the perfect amount of time for a short study break or commute to school.
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky is a must read for those interested in the history of medicine in America. It details the establishment of Bellevue as an almshouse and pesthouse in 1738 until near present-day. It is absolutely riveting.
Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health is featured in the July/August issue of The Atlantic. It follows the life of one woman living in Baltimore and contextualizes her serious health conditions with the built environment around her, as well as the impact of systemic racism on health.
This twitter thread by @seleniumdrive as she rewatches Grey’s Anatomy in residency is hilarious (and perhaps too close to home for some)! It certainly reminds us how far Dr. Alex Karev has come in 14 seasons–from cocky and rude to vulnerable and swoon-worthy. Thanks Shonda!
And finally, please check out any and all videos from Dr. Andrea Tooley that are relevant to where you are in your medical journey. I have been following Dr. Tooley’s blog/twitter/instagram for nearly 5 years and honestly have her to thank for teaching a political science student how to study science. I would not have done nearly as well on the MCAT or in my pre-reqs without her! Check out her YouTube channel here!