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Why am I wet?

I was in anatomy lab today. We were dissecting the anterior and superior mediastina. We were fortunate to have a visiting doctor from Northern California. He flew his own plane down so that he could lecture on the thoracic region (he’s a thoracic surgeon).

So I’m working on the anterior wall of the thoracic region. We could clearly make out the internal thoracic artery underneath a thin layer of muscle (transversus thoracis). I attempted to dissect out the artery and its veins using forceps and scissors. And as I’m leaning over the cadaver, I think to myself, “Why is my stomach wet?”

After a moment I finally pulled away from the table and looked at my white coat. There was a circular wet spot. Lovely. My first instinct was to take off my coat. My first thought was that I should leave it on to keep to a minimum any further contacts with cadaver solution.

And that was my first day back after test week. Five weeks till Exam Week 2. Let the fun begin all over again….

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Yahoo! News – UK Doctors Issued New Dress Code

Source: U.K. hospitals issue doctors’ dress code – Yahoo! News

Well this just in. The UK has now issued a new dress code for their doctors. The have decided to ban all neckties and long sleeved shirts. Jewelry has also been banned. And to top it all off, the physician’s white coat has been banned as well. Doctors will now be required to wear short-sleeved scrubs. This is a big change for a group of people who strive for professionalism and have long insisted on a shirt, tie, and nice slacks underneath a white coat.

They say that this is a health concern. The ties are being blamed for being a sink hole for bacteria because they are hardly ever washed. Personally, I don’t think I have ever thrown my tie in the laundry. Besides, I think they need to be dry-cleaned.

One study, published in 2004, reported that in one New York hospital, nearly half of the doctor’s neckties carried at least one pathogen.

Will the U.S. also do the same thing? I don’t really think so. My guess is that the dress code change will not result in any significant decrease in infections. The only thing that will result is a patient confused as to which person is their physician, their nurse, or the hospital janitor.

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Medical Humor – A Cardiologist’s Funeral

A cardiac specialist died and at his funeral the coffin
was placed in front of a huge mock up of a heart made up of
flowers. When the pastor finished with the sermon and
eulogy, and after everyone said their good-byes, the heart
opened, the coffin rolled inside and the heart
closed. Just then one of the mourners burst into laughter.

The guy next to him asked: “Why are you laughing?”

“I was thinking about my own funeral” the man replied.

“What’s so funny about that?”

“I’m a gynecologist.”

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Test Week 1

Test week 1 is finally over! Our exams were scheduled over a 4 day period and so we had Friday off. I woke up around 11 AM. It felt really weird waking up and not knowing what to do. I kinda felt lost. All week I’d wake up and be worried about the 8:30 AM exam. I tried to review a little before the exam. Afterwards, I’d have lunch and then back to study.

They had a pretty quick turnaround for the exam scores. All the scores were emailed to us. Most of them were emailed to us within a couple hours after turning them in. It was pretty nice. I did contemplate not opening any of the emails until after test week. But I caved and started reading them as soon as I saw one in my mailbox.

Overall it was a good week. All passing scores. I’m just glad it’s all over. And now, I get to do it all over again ! 🙂

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How to Become a Doctor

I was browsing some medical blogs and found a link to an article at HowStuffWorks.com. Dr. Carl Bianco, MD, has written a pretty good overview of the traditional path to earning the two initials.

I didn’t get a chance to read through the entire thing, but from the looks of the contents listing, it covers a lot. Dr. Bianco discusses everything from high school, college, medical school, residency, and the licensing exams.

Here’s the link to the article: Howstuffworks “How Becoming a Doctor Works”

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Medical Humor – Rats, Matches, and Motorcycles

“In retrospect, lighting the match was my mistake. But I was only trying to retrieve my son’s rat.” Dick Stone told doctors in the severe burns unit of San Francisco City Hospital. Admitted for emergency treatment after an attempt to retrieve the rat had gone seriously wrong, he explained, “My son left the cage door open, so his rat, Vermin, escaped into the garage. As usual, it looked for a good place to hide, and ran up the exhaust pipe of my motorcycle. I tried to retrieve Vermin by offering him food attached to a string, but he wouldn’t come out again, so I peered into the pipe and struck a match, thinking the light might attract him.”

At a hushed press conference, a hospital spokesman described what had happened next. “The flame ignited a pocket of residual gas and a flame shot out the pipe igniting Mr. Stone’s mustache and severely burned his face. It also set fire to the pet rat’s fur and whiskers which, in turn, ignited a larger pocket of gas further up the exhaust pipe which propelled the rodent out like a cannonball.” Stone suffered second- degree burns, and a broken nose from the impact of the pet rat. His son was grounded for 6 weeks.

– Another true story brought to you by the medical community.

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Choosing Your Residency/Specialty

Are you trying to decide what residency/specialty to go into? It can be a very difficult decision. And often its not entirely up to medical students. After all, we do have to gain an acceptance into the program we want. Anyways, someone sent this to me a while back. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view. Enjoy.

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