October 9, 2016
Paul E. Sax, M.D., is director of the HIV Program and Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
One of our medical school's most beloved teachers gives a wonderful lecture on how to give an effective presentation. He offers many invaluable tips for a successful talk, such as 1) Show up early; 2) Know your audience; 3) Don't read your slides; 4) Never include a slide that you need to preface by saying, "I know you can't read this, but ..."
He also cites certain "off limit" topics that could alienate you from your learners, hence best avoided if possible.
Here's the list:
But to an ID/HIV specialist, Topic #1 is simply unavoidable. Sorry. And since we're less than a month from wrapping up one of the most bizarre presidential races in U.S. history, Topic #2 is front-and-center in everything we do these days, and where we're going to venture today.
The motivation is a New York Times piece published last week entitled, "Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat".
Which prompted me to offer this observation (and lightly edited figure):
So if I might edit the title, it could be, "Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat, and Your ID/HIV Doctor Probably Hasn't Voted Republican Since Lincoln."
(Actually, that's not quite true -- but you get the idea. And it's Psychiatry right above ID in the figure, obscured by the highlight I added.)
So now that I'm deep into these dangerous political waters, I'm wondering why we're at the bottom of this graph. Or at the top, if you flip the question.
Two quick thoughts inspired by the article:
But it's probably more complicated than just these two factors, so would be interested in your thoughts.
And just for fun, let's make it 3 for 3 on those prohibited topics ...
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