Writing a book was never my intention. I started The Efficient MD because I was interested in ways physicians could increase productivity and improve patient care using simple principles from books like Getting Things Done and The Successful Physician. I realized there were no websites devoted solely to lifehacks for the medical profession, so I decided to create one.
And as it turned out, the publishers at ACP Press became fans of this website. They felt, as I did, that this was a worthwhile topic. After several meetings, we decided to turn the ideas on this site into a book.
Some thoughts on the project:
- The medical blogosphere will be prominently featured. The book will describe ways the blogosphere benefits both health care professionals and patients.
- I've already spoken with several physicians and consultants with innovative ideas who will be featured in the book. If you'd like to be interviewed -- or if you'd like to offer help, feedback, stories, or ideas -- please contact me.
- To make it easy for healthcare professionals to share their advice on medical practice with others, Dr. Ves Dimov -- Hospitalist at the Cleveland Clinic, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, and writer of Clinical Cases and Images -- and I are creating The Efficient MD Wiki. Like Wikipedia, this will be a public website to which anyone can contribute. It will be devoted to clinical pearls, helpful links, general advice, and strategies for improving the practice of medicine.
Joshua Schwimmer, MD, FACP, FASN
About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists — physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 125,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.