I just found out that other students at Metropolis are reading this. It surprised me, but realistically I knew it would happen – I just had no idea it would spread this fast. So if you’ve been reading Action Potential and realized we go to the same school*: Hi! I’m harmless. Feel free to read it, comment on it, ignore it, or check out the page I wrote on semi-anonymity where I explain things more.
This would probably also be a good time to mention that I’m aware of the numerous issues with medical blogging. Here’s my deal: In the future, if there’s an agreed-upon standard for blogging about anonymized patient cases, I have a strong suspicion it will include author anonymity – because, well, knowing the identity of the doctor, or even the location in which they work, is a potential patient identifier.
So, since deanonymizing myself might close that door for good – and I really do love narrative medicine – I’m staying as anonymous as possible for now**. In the meanwhile, since Metropolis doesn’t have a set policy on blogging yet, I will never discuss patients or cases unless I’d already set up a meeting with the Metropolis Med administration, informed them of the blog, talked about exactly how I planned to balance narrative medicine and HIPAA compliance, and get their official okay.
I have no problem involving the school if I decide to go down that road, but I actually think I’d rather keep strictly on the personal side of the medical blogging street: lack of sleep, slight inferiority complex, being overwhelmed by information, trying to figure out my future. Seems like that’s enough material for one blog, honestly.