News Hack: Keeping up on the news on a resident’s schedule

We’ve all been there. Someone starts talking about some major world event in the call room or in a patient’s room and you think to yourself, “I didn’t even know that was happening!” As residents, we don’t have time to follow a lot of what goes on in the world. NPR seems to be a favorite of lots of residents (including me), but as we are often going to work at crazy hours. That means we often miss the main stories and have to endure an interview with some obscure poet (no offense to poetry lovers).

Enter: The Skimm

The Skimm is a relatively recent start up that sends out a daily email of highly curated news content. In their own words:

theSkimm makes it easier to be smarter. We’re the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you — across subject lines and party lines — and break it down with fresh editorial content.

It’s brief, it’s funny, it has links to past topics and issues they’ve Skimm’d. And now I feel that in 5 min I get a good, entertaining, daily update on what’s going on in the world!

Here’s a sample of one of their emails:

And here’s where you can sign up:

And if you want to listen to it (or any other articles, posts, etc.) on your way to or from work stay tuned for next week’s hack.

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