A lot of doctors do not keep track of health care articles, but in my opinion it is one of the most important things that a medical professional should do. After all, medical technology changes extremely quickly, and each new development could potentially mean life and death for a patient that you will have one day. If you do not read each and every health care article relevant to your field of expertise – and a good number of ones that are not directly related to your specialty – you may miss out on a crucial new development.
Many people assume that any article on health care that is of sufficient importance will eventually get into the mainstream press. Many doctors up only read health care articles when they get this far. In reality, however, it is quite possible for a health care article to never get that far even if it hails some important change or development in the health care industry. Perhaps it is only a preliminary study, or a new policy by one of the major health care providers. Either way, the health care article may contain a crucial fact that the doctor will never notice. As a doctor, you are responsible for your patients, and you cannot afford to take this risk. Reading all of the health care article magazines is the only way to make sure that you are always prepared.
Of course, not every health care article is going to be important. This is why many of the industry journals have abstracts at the beginning. Sometimes, it is enough to read all of the abstracts and skim the articles for important information. Perhaps a health care article only contains things that you have read before, or perhaps you can figure out all the information it contains from the abstract. In reality, no one has time to read every single health care article, and no one should be expected to. Nevertheless, I try to read at least two or three health care articles every single day. This may sound like a lot, but I actually enjoy it!
One of the best ways to keep up on articles about health care is to start a reading group. Each health care professional is required to read a certain health care article every week. Then they all meet once a week, have coffee, and discuss what they have read. Not only is this a way to find out more information, but it is also a great way to socialize.