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Perspectives

"I like to use the ideas and information
from that when I'm working with physician
leaders because it kind of reframes the
conversation," he said. "Starting with the
why can be really motivating for people."
A family physician, Ripchinski still sees
patients at Walter Aument Family Health
Center in Quarryville in addition to his
duties as Chief Clinical Officer.
Media plays a role there, as well, as he
relies on Google images to illustrate various
conditions for patients and help them better
understand their medical situations.
He'll also use networking sites to locate
and consult with physicians who specialize
in specific disorders that he encounters
with patients. A doctor at West Virginia
University was able to assist him recently
with a patient who suffered from a rare
nerve disease.
Ripchinski relies on media for multiple educational purposes, as he is always
looking to expand his knowledge to better
serve patients.

That content, he explained, comes in the
form of emails offering snippets of information about various topics. If interested, the
user can click on a link for more information.
"So, it lets you select the topics you're
interested in and gives you more information
if you want it," Ripchinski said. "It lets you
choose whether to pursue something further."
Most medical journals now are delivered
electronically as well, and contain summaries
of each article.
"So, if you're interested in reading the whole
article you can open it, but if you're not, you
can pass on it," he said. "That's helpful because
there's no way you can read everything."

Ripchinski, however, does not do all his
reading online.
He enjoys reading medical-related books
by Atul Gawande, a physician who also is
an author and public health researcher. But,
not everything he reads is medical related.
"I read fun books, too," he said.
Ripchinski is a fan of Simon Sinek, a
respected writer, speaker and leadership
expert and has used Sinek's TED talks and
podcasts when working with leaders of Penn
Medicine Lancaster General Health.
He often refers to Sinek's bestselling book,
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire
Everyone to Take Action, when meeting with
teams and individuals.

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"Using an awesome search engine can
help me get my hands on information I
need," he said. "As a family doctor, I don't
think my patients expect me to know every
little thing. But, they expect me to be able
to find out."
UPMC
Dr. Nehal Patel remembers
walking to the library during
his residency to get information he needed from a medical
journal. More often than not,
he recalled, a librarian would
have to request the volume from another
medical library, meaning there would be a
delay in accessing the information.
Now, said Patel, he simply accesses the
journal online and has the information at
his fingertips.
"The information is much easier to
manage now than it was when I was in
residency," said Patel, a cardiologist with



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