Residency life is rushed. Between on-call days, studying for the boards, applying for fellowships and catching up with laundry, the daily well-intentioned practice of reading journals is often forgone. In addition, the statistics laden language can be cumbersome.
In our attempt to find a middle ground between optimizing time and yet staying up-to-date with the latest evidence based literature so as to give our patients the very best medicine has to offer, we stumbled across Dr. Ibrahim’s innovative concept of visual abstracts. Given that most of us are not academicians, what appealed to us most was that it simplified complex statistical jargon into snap-shots of just enough information.
Since its inception, visual abstracts have fast gained favor amongst healthcare providers at every stage in their career. In addition, major journals like the Annals of Surgery have incorporated visual abstracts into their published works and it is not uncommon to see specialities like Nephrology include visual abstracts as part of their Twitter journal club discussions.
Cardiology is a vast and fascinating subject. Breakthroughs happen continually. These breakthroughs can have life altering implications for our patients. We noticed a discordance between what was being published and what was being done at the bedside and want to change this.
This is why we want to bring the concept of visual abstracts to the field of Cardiology.
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