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Apple OS X 10.5 Leopard and More Studying

Leopard
There it is. After day 1 of exam week I went to the campus store and purchased myself a copy of Apple OS X Leopard for the student discount of $69. I would’ve gone to the campus store over the weekend but the did not receive the shipment until today. They said that since they are selling the software at a discount, Apple Inc’s priorities were shipping to all their retail stores first. No problem with me. At a discount of almost 50%, I can wait a couple days…

Anyways, I went home, threw it in the computer to upgrade and took a nap. Then spent the rest of the day prepping for day 2 tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m taking two exams. The first is for Cell Structure and Function and the second is for Evidence-Based Medicine.

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Dead Week

Well its now the week before our second set of exams. In undergrad we used to call this Dead Week. It was supposed to be a week when no major projects were due or anything that would be too stressful. The point was to give us time to concentrate on final/quarter exams. In theory it was good. In reality we always had projects due.

I wish we have dead week in medical school. Granted, our schedule does look easier this week. But its still a full load of classes with labs. Okay, they did give us friday off. So I guess I have a “dead day” this week…

A couple professors have scheduled review sessions for us. I think I’ll be going to those…

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MSNBC.com: Air passengers can sue over blood clots

Source: MSNBC.com – Judge: Air passengers can sue over blood clots

AirTravelApparently a judge has ruled that passengers can sue airlines over blood clots. The article writes that patients who developed a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can sue the airline if they were not allowed to move to an empty seat with more leg room.

I realize that a DVT can be fatal. So its not something that should be taken lightly. But this whole thing seems like a bad idea to me. If this case goes in favor of the passengers, will the airlines resort to taking out a few rows and raising airfare to avoid a future lawsuit?

And what about people who love taking advantage of “the system.” I can imagine someone tired of sitting in economy asking the flight attendant if there are any empty seats in the first class cabin because they are at risk for a DVT. And what about if there are 2 at-risk passengers requesting a change of seat and only one seat available? Well, flight attendants are far from qualified to decide which passenger is at a greater risk for developing blood clots.

Theme parks post warnings to visitor who may have heart trouble. Some people just cannot ride roller coasters. I think it should be the same for the airline industry. There are some medical conditions where a physician needs to strongly advise against air travel. Maybe those at risk for a DVT should be advised not to fly. Airlines should do whatever they can to ensure safety for their passengers, but there has to be a limit.

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Surgical Models

I just read a blog post over at Unbounded Medicine about surgical models made up of fiber glass with thoracic and abdominal compartments. The internal organs of a pig are used to simulate the organs of a human. Using this model students can perform both a laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.

Looks like an awesome way to study anatomy too. I wish we had models like this in anatomy lab. Having pre-dissected bodies to look at would be very helpful. Instead, we end up spending so much time picking away at fascia.

Click the photo below to see the original post at UnboundedMedicine.com and view more pictures and a short video clip.

Abdominal View

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Med School Humor – Gunners

Do you have a gunner problem in your class? Sometimes I feel like there are a lot of gunners in my class… sometimes I don’t… maybe they’re just closet-gunners? Take a look at this video from youtube.

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Med School Humor – Scrubin’

Just found this vid on YouTube. Its a short music video made some by some medical students.

Please note the disclaimer at the beginning of the video…

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Family Medicine

Last week I went to two interest group meetings. They were the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG). Honestly, I went to these meetings because they were convenient for me. I had afternoon labs and both of these meetings offered free lunches for those who signed up. I wonder what kind of attendance can be expected for these on-campus meetings if free meals were not available.

The FMIG meeting was earlier in the week. It was surprisingly interesting. I had never thought about Family Medicine. Maybe the food was influencing me… I found out that the Family Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University is part of a program called P4. The description of the P4 program can be found at TransforMED.com. Here’s a snippet:

The P4 Residency Demonstration Initiative is a collaborative effort led by the P4 Steering Committee in collaboration with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Program Directors, the American Board of Family Medicine, and TransforMED, a practice redesign initiative of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The P4 initiative has the potential to inspire considerable changes in the content and structure of family medicine training.

Findings from the project are expected to guide future revisions in accreditation and content to ensure America’s future family doctors are proficient in using the most up-to-date tools and technologies to provide superior patient care.

There are 14 residency programs in the country that are a part of this program. If you’re interested you can see the list of programs here.

I walked away from the meeting thinking that Family Medicine might be something I’d be interested in. The scope of practice is fairly large and a family physician will see patients young and old. A phrase I heard that describes this was “from the womb to the tomb.” The presenter said that a family physician will be able to treat 90% of the problems and know when to refer to a specialist.

The aspect of family medicine that appealed to me most was the personal attention to the patient. It is one specialty in which a doctor can cultivate a relationship with patients because the patients usually stay with them for many years.

The only question I had that went unanswered was about the difference between Family Medicine and Med-Peds… but I suppose that will be a lesson for another day…