Link Love

As a reminder, if you’re interested in guest posting to us sometime in the first two weeks of October, shoot us an email at grumpy rumblings at gmail.  (So far we have zero guest posts lined up though a couple of people have expressed interest, and one post of kitten pictures.  Our readers may be hopelessly bored for minutes a day without your help.)

And now for some links:

this is abhorrent

Double standards by the press. Kudos to Rahm Emanuel.

Why do so many incompetent men become leaders?

Stephen’s new lifestyle brand.

In case you wanted to see the real Tommy.

ZOMG, masculinity so fragile it must be marketed to

Did you see the eclipse?

Straight up burn.

More overly honest science.

#2 seems to have had a thing for otters this week.  Bonus wombat.  Also:  octopussy or cthulhu, you decide.

OMG, the adorbs.

Don’t read the comments.

Oklahoma not ok.

Cloud is offering another session of her project management class.

I had a whole bunch of commentary on an OMDG post (still cannot comment on her blog because BlogSpot and WordPress not playing well), but it has sadly disappeared.  Here’s my out of context comment though:   Maybe if we forced more doctors to take statistics during medical school they’d actually apply the research on sleep deprivation and learning to the medical profession.  Though I suppose it has nothing to do with science at all and everything to do with the brainwashing aspects of hazing– they make doctors go through hazing because they had to and that’s how to get into the club.

Making O’Reilly animals.

Dumbed down dissertations.  I can do mine in one line too.  :)


18 Responses to “Link Love”

  1. Cloud Says:

    Thanks for the shout out for my course!

    I am seriously considering attempting a move from Blogger to WordPress, maybe in December, which is likely to be a slow month for me work-wise. I miss your comments!

  2. Omdg Says:

    It did disappear! Weird! I must have deleted it by accident in some pot call haze. Thanks for commenting here though.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Hazing *is* your #2, 3, and 4. They’re the same thing– hazing is done to brainwash and to make people feel part of the in-culture. It’s not just to torture people, but because the people post-torture feel like they belong and identify more. It is how they ingrain that culture. Bootcamp is a form of hazing.

      • Omdg Says:

        I don’t necessarily agree that “culture” = hazing. More like justification for cheaping out on fixing how inefficiently things run. It’s far easier to blame resident laziness than to admit there’s a problem with asinine paperwork and old inadequate equipment and inefficient procedures that don’t actually fix anything.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        That is an economic explanation, that definitely makes sense.

        But the macho culture etc. that is spread via hazing… it’s the way bootcamps, fraternities, brainwashing religious and political organizations etc. promote in-culture. Hazing creates and perpetuates culture. It’s why hazing happens.

      • oldmdgirl Says:

        Agree vis a vis the macho culture/hazing. Also pertains to the medical hierarchy, culture of deference/relative verboten-ness of questioning those higher up than you.

      • oldmdgirl Says:

        But also I think there’s a LOT of cognitive dissonance. I.e. residency is so awful to go through, it *must* be necessary for good patient care/to become a good doctor.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Hazing is technically a way to exploit that cognitive dissonance. (I read a book on the psychology of brain-washing.)

      • oldmdgirl Says:

        But hazing also implies intention. It implies that none of the attendings actually believe that the hours are necessary to create a good doctor, but do it anyway. I really do think that a lot of doctors believe the hours are necessary (for good patient care and/or creating a good doctor).

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        No it doesn’t. There’s a whole subset of social science on it. The people who are doing the hazing are also brainwashed. It perpetuates itself. It’s the same as military boot-camp. And it does actually create unit cohesion. But that’s not the only reason people think they’re doing hazing.

        I’m not making this up– there are literally books of research on brainwashing techniques (of which hazing is one of them, and residency is a sanctioned form of it, as is military bootcamp, along with all of the things that you think of that are called hazing in the media.)

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        This article does a pretty good job of briefly explaining the theory:

      • omdg Says:

        I actually think the point of the navy seal talk a few weeks back was to describe the changes in training that have taken place over the past 10-15 years in terms of hazing, mental health, etc. I really wish he had drawn more specific analogies, and provided concrete examples. Also, the gendered nature of the talk was pretty off putting. All that said, I do feel fortunate to be in a program with a chair and program director who are somewhat tuned into these issues. Standing on the anesthesia side of the blue drape, I hear a lot of this posturing from the surgical side. It’s one of the reasons I am SO glad I decided not to be a surgeon.

      • omdg Says:

        Also interesting to see Allan Detsky referenced in the link off your link on pimping. Thanks for pointing me in that direction!

  3. Omdg Says:

    Post call haze I mean

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