The Geezer’s 2013 New Year’s Eve Kvell!

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’d thought I’d share my little blog’s 2013 annual report. It’s small, has a specialty interest focus and doesn’t get much traffic, so the main reason to publicize it is to show off one of my medical student’s presentations as an example of what I most treasure as a teacher. Keenan Laraway rotated through the psychiatry consultation service in late October and put together a stunning educational project on  Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy for one of the Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) case conferences that month.Keenan Laraway

Psych practice blogger, one of my highly respected colleagues, called what I’m doing here “k’velling.” It’s Yiddish for an expression of extraordinary pride. My pride is not about the lowly blog, but for Keenan’s exemplary scholarship, and the work of many others like him.

That’s what I want this blog to be about, really. It’s about the self-reflective assessment that the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) will never truly understand because it must come from the inside out, not mandated and mismanaged by external corporate boards into reviled and petty systems like Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL).

At year’s end as I look back, I reflect on the work of students like Keenan Laraway and the many others who demonstrated that competence is not enough–excellence is the only worthy goal.

There are so many medical students and residents I could k’vell about–too many to count, and so many to thank.

That’s what this New Year’s Eve post is about; to k’vell and praise and thank those who made this little blog my special pearl to share with the world.

Happy New Year!

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