The Bryan Vartabedian Interview

by Mike Sevilla, MD


Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, one of today's most well-known Physician Social Media leaders, unofficially announced his new book on last night's Google Hangout interview (video above). The details will be outlined next week on his website 33Charts.com, but I received an exclusive preview of its contents.

"This is a practical guide to life as a doctor in the connected age," Dr. Vartabedian discusses at around eight minutes into the video above. He goes on to state that this book will be an extension of the current content that is on his 33 Charts website. @Doctor_V would not give up the title of the manuscript, only stating that more details will be revealed next week.

Not using the traditional publishing route, we discussed why he chose the E-publishing route. At around 45 minutes into the video, he states that he chose the platform called TinyPass to initially publish and to initially receive feedback from readers. "Publishing is traditionally an endpoint. I see this hopefully as a start. This type of book must evolve as technology evolves." 

We began the video interview above talking about next week's Stanford Medicine X conference in which he will be co-presenting a Master Class on Physician Online Identity with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. We agree that there is no other type of conference like this out there in which patients and the patient's point of view are placed front and center. There is certainly value to this, and I am looking forward to my first #MedX conference next week. 

On a personal note, I've been very happy using the Google Hangout format for video interviews. In the past, I have used audio podcasts, particularly the Mike Sevilla Radio Show, of which I have over 300 episodes, to create conversations and have interviews.

In addition to the #MedX interview with @Doctor_V above, I also invite you to check out recent Google Hangout video interviews I've done with #MedX E-patient delegate Meredith Gould and #MedX E-patient advisor Christopher Snider. Hopefully, I will be able to squeeze another interview or two before next week's #MedX conference...


NCSC Throwback Thursday

by Mike Sevilla, MD


As I talked about in yesterday's post, one of the fun things that #FMRevolution can do is to share photos and memories from past NCSC meetings. What you'll see below are pics from the meetings I attended including 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2007. You'll have to figure out which year goes with which picture.

In addition, I'll be live podcasting on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3pm Eastern Time at this link. The Mike Sevilla Radio Program will be previewing next week's AAFP NCSC 2014 meeting including my predictions, my hopes, and my expectations from the meeting. Don't worry if you cannot join live. I'll make the podcast available here, so that you can download and listen to on the flight to Kansas City :)


#HersheyCME 2014 Wrap-up

by Mike Sevilla, MD


I had a fun weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania last weekend. I was at a conference put on by the great people of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP). Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the entire meeting, but I encourage you to check out their website for full coverage of a jam packed schedule of events.

On Friday, I attended an all day educational session having to do with the complicated topic of Asthma. This was a clinical topic module to help maintain my Board Certification through the American Board of Family Medicine.

On Saturday, I took part in what was called DOT Examiner Training, which was also an all day course. A lot of my patients require paperwork for their employer for what is called a "DOT Physical" or "CDL Physical." "DOT" stands for the US "Department of Transportation" and "CDL" stands for "Commercial Drivers License." Many of the people requiring these are truck drivers.

A little more than 2 months from now, May 21, 2014, to be exact, Medical Examiners (like me) who perform DOT/CDL physical exams need to be certified with the Federal Government, or they can no longer perform these exams. This is a huge change from previous, and many physicians are scrambling to get the required training and take the exam.

This PAFP course has been sold out for months, and it was a long day with lots of material to cover. Kudos to the presenters who did all the preparation for this course! Something that was unique to this DOT Training course was that in addition to the physician presenters, there was also a real truck and a representative of a trucking company at the sessions.

During our lunch break, we got to see some of the tasks that truck drivers perform. This really put things together for me in that I was able to appreciate some of the specific muscle groups that are used during something like getting into and out of a truck, climbing into and out of the back of the truck, and the repetitive muscle actions it takes to shift gears and turn the knobs in the cab.

Going through this course really made me appreciate the labor intensive work that these male and female drivers go through on a day-to-day basis. Thanks to PAFP for putting this course together and bringing the truck along for the course participants.

What follows below are pics from my camera from the meeting. They include the AAFP President Dr. Reid Blackwelder, many from the DOT course, and some from the approximate 300 mile trek across the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Enjoy!