Doctor Training

If you keep up with my blog then you might already know that I work in a field that works with doctors all day (no, I’m not a pharma rep :-)). One of things the we run into time and again is the issue of doctor training. These days it isn’t enough just to go to medical school; doctors specialize, and then specialize some more, and they’re constantly taking courses to keep up with the latest in medicine and management.

For example, a doctor might take a medical teaching course. These types of classes are important for doctors who want to advance in medical education, or for senior doctors who are tasked with looking after junior doctors. Similarly, a teach the teacher course offers formal training for medical instructors and educators. There is a practical element to courses like these as well, so doctors get experience teaching others in the medical field.

On a different track, a medical management course┬áinstructs doctors on leadership techniques that they can take back to their own practice. Even in a hospital setting, management skills are essential for any doctor that wants to “climb the ladder” and oversee other staff. And for those who do dream of advancement, a consultant interview course will prepare them, via interactive learning, to apply for a promotion.

This only touches the surface of doctor training — we aren’t even talking about all the additional medical training doctors receive! At least it’s good to know that learning doesn’t stop once a doctor gets his or her M.D.

Dress Up Your iPad

Tablets are now an important part of life for millions, providing an easy way to access social networks and the Internet while mobile. But these expensive little pieces of kit come unprotected; luckily, you can spruce up your tablet with cases, covers, sleeves and skins.

There are tons of different options of iPad 2 cases available. Whatever your style, you can find something to fit your needs. I’m partial to the faux-leather covers that look like portfolios; your keep your iPad in them all the time; just flip it open when you’re ready to work. But there are other cool options too. My Dad, who has an iPad 3, has the ultra thin, folding style that turns into an iPad stand.

One thing worth noting: I do love a good, hard case. They aren’t heavy (you can get ones that are made of silicone) and they’ll protect your iPad really well. Among my devices I have a hard case for my iPod and a rigid (but soft) case for my Kindle. While I love the softness, I do worry whenever I put my Kindle in my backpack and go travelling. The hard cases feel much more secure to me. YMMV, of course. Some of them are more expensive, like Otterbox, but they are worth it if you beat up your devices. My friend has an Otterbox case, and the salesperson let her throw her phone on the floor to prove how tough it was. He didn’t have to buy her a new phone, so it did work!

My Little House Update

I talk a lot about DIY and our house, which we’ve had for 18 months now. We spent all of this past weekend doing some needed repairs and upgrades, because we love our house and want it to be “ours.” Something we’ll address next is replacing our address plaque (sorry for the bad pun).

We’ve been looking at custom address plaques to replace the one we have currently, which is pretty basic and boring. There are loads of options out there to suit all tastes, from bronze address plaques, specialty, personalized address plaques, and much more.

Our plaque right now is just too small (the Chinese food delivery guy can never find us!) so we want something bigger and bolder. We’re partial to black and silver inside our home, so we’ll probably carry that theme to the outside too. Our house number is a single digit, so we can definitely go big, silver and bold so people know where we are, while expressing our personality at the same time. We also like the name of our street, so we may include that below in a smaller font (it’s short, so readability won’t be an issue). This is the first thing people see when they find our house, so it’s important to get it right and make sure it expresses our unique, personal taste.

Local Jobs

A feature on ActivYork came to my attention this week, coincidentally at the same time I got a LinkedIn job offer. ActivYork, which already a fabulous source of local information for York, now has a section for jobs in York. Why is this a big deal? Because local recruitment rocks!

I was so thrilled to get a job offer on LinkedIn this week… only to find out that the job is in Stockton on Tees. Really? I’m in North Tyneside! I know England isn’t a huge country, but this is a perfect example of where local recruitment boards are far better than┬ánational job sites. And, as I’m sure any job-searching readers in York can attest, it’s hard to find local jobs. Most job sites are dominated by London or Southeast recruitment, with one or two postings for a career that’s vaguely North or might just be Scottish. So having a job board on ActivYork is awesome, because it takes being local to understand what local people want.

Remote Tech Help

At my day job, we have contractors located all over the world (Europe, Seattle, NYC) who are tasked with keeping a large site running smoothly. Even on a stable CMS, we run into dozens of bugs every week, some of which are hard to duplicate in the main office. That’s where software like Proxy Pro 7 could really help us out.

Proxy Pro 7 is a piece of software that gives remote access to other computers. Everything is done through the Internet over 256-bit encryption — the highest in its class — so sensitive data is secure. Troubleshooters can access other systems at any time to collaborate, troubleshoot or move files. I mentioned our locations earlier because this is so key — we have an eight-hour time difference between some of our employees, so the ability to log on and grab an important file while someone is offline is a big deal. This saves days of back-and-forth emailing and waiting, which is typical of businesses that use telecommuters.

The software also works with all the major operating systems: Windows, Mac and Linux, so our Mac-minded main office can still get remote access to our PC-based workers. I’m talking about using it for a company of 20 people, but can you imagine how great this flexibility would be in a school, government or MNC environment? The opportunities are endless.