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Martin Kaminski is a resident in internal medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School

Peter Kaminski is an advanced heart failure hospitalist and clinical instructor at UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

 

Over the last decade, it has become widely accepted that chest compressions during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) should be done to the beat of the Bee Gees’ 1977 hit, “Stayin’ Alive”, to help save lives. The United Kingdom's Resuscitation Council advises that chest compressions during CPR should be between 100 to 120 beats per minute based on the consensus of the 2015 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Meanwhile, “Stayin’ Alive” clocks in at 104 beats per minute. Case closed some would say. But the real question is, can we do better? The tools of medicine are constantly evolving. Furthermore, we question whether a song approaching its 41st year remains at the forefront of medical science. As both a senior millennial (MK, 35 years old) and a slightly less senior millennial (PK, 30 years old) we feel that “the times they are a changin’.” Therefore, we embarked on a serious, rigorous search for the best song to which to perform CPR.

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Christopher Miller is an Investigator at the VA Boston Healthcare System Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry

 

Abstract

Objectives:

(1) To empirically determine common grant-writing challenges; and (2) to compile the most common and frustrating challenges into a Christmas-themed song

Design:

Rapid qualitative analysis

Setting:

A health services research center in the northeastern United States

Participants:

Eight health services research staff with grant submission experience

Results:

Participants revealed common challenges in writing and submitting grants, including: the need for increased caffeine consumption; the rapid pace at which grant guidelines and requirements change; difficulties accommodating limited budgets; attempting to obtain responses from non-responsive co-investigators (Co-Is); developing and formatting seemingly endless appendices; fitting the grant text into page limits; formatting and finalizing letters of support; meeting obscure font size and line spacing requirements; formatting tables and figures; managing problems related to computer malfunctions or network disconnections; dealing with sleep deprivation; and responding to, or anticipating, reviews written by disgruntled grant reviewers.

Conclusions:

The resulting parody song, entitled The Twelve Days of Grants-mas, may provide some measure of comfort, good cheer, and humor to those research staff unfortunate enough to be writing or submitting grants during or near the holiday season.

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