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Biopharma futures

blog post image I've been looking at a few industry reports on the future of biopharma as part of a course I'm on with INSEAD Business School on Business Strategy and Financial Performance. I thought I'd share some of my ramblings on Biopharma Futures. Expectations are high Pharmaceutical companies are operating...

Biopharma 2020: A landmark year and a reset for the future

blog post image Biopharma in 2020 has shown what it can achieve when it works at its best. How can the industry build on this renewed sense of purpose in the years ahead? McKinsey biopharma 2020 3 Overarching trends Operating under a spotlight - expectation of innovationNavigating protracted economic uncertainty -...

Why Did It Take So Long to Accept the Facts About Covid?

blog post image "The importance of airborne transmission in the pandemic was clear long before the World Health Organization finally began to acknowledge it." "If the importance of aerosol transmission had been accepted early, we would have been told from the beginning that it was much safer outdoors, where these small...

World's wealthiest (and 'business as usual') 'at heart of climate problem'

blog post image "These [polluter elite] are people who fly most, drive the biggest cars most and live in the biggest homes which they can easily afford to heat, so they tend not to worry if they’re well insulated or not. … They’re also the sort of people who could really afford good insulation and solar panels...

Dreadful user experience can be expensive.

blog post image "Citibank just got a $500 million lesson in the importance of UI design: Citibank was trying to make $7.8M in interest payments. It sent $900M instead." The screenshot is from court records where the judge ruled against Citibank who had wanted to get their money back. The lesson is to always include...

Opinion: It

blog post image Hopefully that openness is here to stay: The pandemic has created greater understanding of the importance of good communication, particularly around health issues.

Current themes and challenges facing HPE accreditation in the 21st century

blog post image A supplement in BMC Medical Education on Health Professional Education accreditation from the community of practice The International Health Professions Accreditation Outcomes Consortium (IFPAOC) - which was founded in 2012. This supplement focuses on graduate and residency programmes but it also addresses...

SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell immunity is seen in cases of COVID-19

blog post image SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell immunity in cases of COVID-19 and SARS, and uninfected controls: Memory T cells induced by previous pathogens can shape the susceptibility to, and clinical severity of, subsequent infections1. Little is known about the presence of pre-existing memory T cells in humans with...

New twist on marshmallow test: Kids depend on each other for self control

blog post image "New twist on marshmallow test: Kids depend on each other for self control: Simply placing kids in a cooperative environment boosts the ability to resist temptation. ... In the 1970s, the late psychologist Walter Mischel explored the importance of the ability to delay gratification as a child to one's...

'If you think competition is hard, you should try collaboration.'

blog post image Leading for integrated care: This report explores the progress, challenges and opportunities the move towards greater integration presents, through interviews with 16 people leading or chairing an integrated care system or sustainability and transformation partnership. "Under current plans all parts...

Reflection revisited: how physicians conceptualize and experience reflection in professional practice - a qualitative study:

blog post image Reflection revisited: how physicians conceptualize and experience reflection in professional practice - a qualitative study: For the purpose of continuous performance improvement, physicians are expected to reflect on their practice. While many reflection studies are theoretically oriented and often...

Could analysing personalised learning be better matched if physicians are first classified into competency groups? Using

blog post image Could analysing personalised learning be better matched if physicians are first classified into competency groups? Using latent class analysis to identify physician competency reveals four distinct subgroups in this cross-sectional study in China. The survey tool is large at over 100 items long but included...

What do Japanese residents learn from treating dying patients? The implications for training in end-of-life care: How medical

blog post image What do Japanese residents learn from treating dying patients? The implications for training in end-of-life care: How medical residents’ experiences with care for dying patients affect their emotional well-being, their learning outcomes, and the formation of their professional identities is not fully...

The bilingual brain calculates differently depending on the language used: How do multilingual people solve arithmetical

blog post image The bilingual brain calculates differently depending on the language used: How do multilingual people solve arithmetical tasks presented to them in different languages? The question will gain in importance in the future, as an increasingly globalized job market and accelerated migration will mean that...

When In-Person Conversation Is Better Than Texting: MIT professor Sherry Turkle discusses the relationship between talking

blog post image When In-Person Conversation Is Better Than Texting: MIT professor Sherry Turkle discusses the relationship between talking in real life and cultivating empathy.

Study concerning the review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals

blog post image Study concerning the review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in the EU - Public Health - European Commission: European Commission - There is widespread recognition of the importance of continuous professional development (CPD)...

Lithium mining in Cornwall gets £1m boost - BBC News: The UK government has earmarked lithium as a metal of strategic importance

blog post image Lithium mining in Cornwall gets £1m boost - BBC News: The UK government has earmarked lithium as a metal of strategic importance to the country.

Passing the MRCP - an approach to REALLY hard questions. In your revision for the MRCP you will come across very tricky

blog post image Passing the MRCP - an approach to REALLY hard questions. In your revision for the MRCP you will come across very tricky MCQs. You know the ones ... the ones that you have no idea what the correct answer is, or the correct answer surprises you, or they are discussed by other candidates who can't agree...

Creating cohorts: how to solve the online learning conundrum - Personnel Today: The ease of access to online learning has

blog post image Creating cohorts: how to solve the online learning conundrum - Personnel Today: The ease of access to online learning has solved many training problems, but it has also created new ones. Tim Sarchet explains the importance of learning in groups.

Tough read but a refreshing reminder of the importance of the learner in the process of education. Freire criticises the

blog post image Tough read but a refreshing reminder of the importance of the learner in the process of education. Freire criticises the 'banking model' of education where empty learners are simply filled with deposits by teachers. Instead he explores how learners and teachers can work (and be rewarded) together.