Will you have a residency spot?!
I’m sure most of you have heard it before, or something similar — but as you know there is a significant possibility that the number of residency positions available nationally could be cut. Seriously? This just doesn’t work for me — especially when combined with a mandate out for medical schools to increase their class size by 10%. All this will do will cause a flux of...
U.S. Healthcare: The Cost Problem
A look at X-Rays of objects stuck in patients'...
There are lots of ways to mark the passage of time, but none as unusual as seeing what common household objects find their way up a person’s innards. That’s the discovery that forensic psychiatrist Marty A. Sindhian, M.D., made while researching “Stuck Up!” — a look at the strange objects that have found their way into the human body through the various orifices....
Fired from Northwestern for speaking up?
Why would a bright and promising cardiologist be fired from the University hospital that she had practiced at since 2000? Apparently, protecting her patients is grounds for dismissal. At least, that is the case at Northwestern University here in the windy city. Despite being promoted to Valve Director in 2006, Dr. Nalini M. Rajamannan was terminated in 2008 after reporting the use of non-FDA...
Asteroid close encounter tonight!
Don’t forget that a 1,300 foot asteroid, about the size of an aircraft carrier, will fly by Earth tomorrow even closer to us than the moon. Don’t worry, it won’t hit. It’ll be tricky to catch a glimpse, but you might spot it if you have a telescope with at least a 6-inch mirror, says Scott Fisher, the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of...
As a medical student, you’ll have to be on call during your third and fourth year. Not only do you have the typical 10 to 14 hour work days (depending on the rotation), but you also have to study for the shelf exam, and the boards. On top of all that, those responsible for the rotation make you take call. The last time I was on call, I had to come into the hospital at 5:00 am to do my normal...
"Rituals" of the Bedside Exam
Dr. Abraham Verghese explains the “ritual” of the bedside exam. Patients and doctors must have mutual trust. They work in partnership in the healing process. Like all good relationships, listening empathically is crucial.