Saturday, May 5, 2007

An intellectual conversation about smoking cessation programs

3:10 PM
me:this is how you get patients to stop smoking
Katie: lol, or this:

3:12 PM me:bwahahahahaha
I need to do that after successful OMM
Katie: lol
me: "it worked, it worked, bwahahahaha!"
Katie: but first you have to warn people that you are an evil doctor
3:15 PM me: nah
3:16 PM I didn't go to evil medical school for 4 years for me to have to tell people, thank you very much, they should know by my title
dr. michelle, evil do
Katie: E.D.O.?
me: right

All Scrubbed Up: Medical Video Art?

All Scrubbed Up: Medical Video Art?

Crawling the med blogs, I found this. Very cool, looks like House animation, except accurate :)

Videos like this would have made the first couple years of med school much easier to understand. And there's the trippy music in the background.

Due to my excellent surgical skills...

The banana is going to make it!

We practiced our suturing in surgical lab on bananas. Apparently now we're ready to be thrown into rotations to do the real thing. Is it me, or are we missing me at least one more logical progression?

Perhaps we should practice on living bananas first? Duh.

Monday, April 30, 2007

When Med Students Attack

At least it hasn't gotten this bad over here yet.....

Medical Student Tries to Attack Family with Meat Cleaver

January 19, 2007 - 11:15PM

Members of an Albany family say they don't feel safe in their own home after a man came to their door, forced his way into the house and tried to attack them with a meat cleaver. Mary and Keith Ziobron say a man, came to their house on Monday night. Mary answered the door, and said a man she didn't know was mumbling that he was a "mad man" and said he wanted to go upstairs to her bedroom. Mary says she told the man to leave and tried to shut the door, but he forced his way in. Keith Ziobron was able to get the man, Quan Zhi Hou out of the house, and no one was hurt. But, the Ziobron's say their children have been having nightmares ever since that night. Amazingly, the Ziobron's tell us they have since found out that Quan Zhi Hou is a student at Albany Med and that the college is going to bat for him to get him out of jail. Zhi Hou is there now charged with menacing and possession of a weapon. He is due back in court next week. The Ziobron's say no matter who he is, they're worried if he makes bail, he'll try to attack someone else.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Study-Free Weekend Well Spent

Recently Michelle and I were listening to someone speak about how to maintain balance in med school. One of her tips was "take Fridays off", at which point Michelle and I were thinking "Just Friday?" Well, this past weekend was a three day weekend, so I decided to take Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off; go home; and allow my boyfriend, family, and friends to entertain me for four days.

I managed to accomplish a viewing of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon which was excellent, but, for reasons that would take way to long to explain, reminded me of the pediatrician I had when I was in fifth grade. This doc is reminds me of the Real Med Students of Genius video Mr. Really Bad With Children Guy. Here's a sample of what it was like to see this doctor:

my chief complaint: on-going nausea, dizziness, slight headache, lethargy
Here's the dialogue
doctor: (to my mom) it sounds like migraines. (to me) Guess we'll have to cut your head
sick, tired Katie's internal monologue: Not the time for that joke, NOT THE TIME!

During a school screening, the nurse noticed I had scoliosis, so I had to be evaluated by my
pediatrician. Naturally they had me put on a gown (which, by the way, they made me put on a gown every time I went to this physician, regardless of what I was there for. In retrospect I find that creepy.) Next the doc proceeded to pull the neckline of the gown down to below my chest (with no warning!) before beginning to evaluate my back. Now, keep in mind I was eleven at the time, and although I did not have fully developed breasts, they were certainly larger than they'd ever been up to that point. Also my dad was still in the room with a look on his face that said "I'm very uncomfortable with this. Am I suppose to leave or something?"

The guy's overall bedside manner was pretty bad, but those were the two things he did that still piss me off if I think about them.

It was an out-of-nowhere good reminder before rotations about what doctor I don't want to be.

Random good quotes from the weekend:

"You can't change the world, you can only change the yourself." -my mom
She did not say anything about my ability to conquer the world, though.

"Question: can you smell other people's success?"-my brother

....and my favorite: "Was I expecting you to come home this weekend?" -mom

The answer is B. Man Juice

Remember Love Line? With Dr Drew? Yeah, you know you remember watching it in high school when it was on MTV, don't lie.

I found a radio station that's playing it, and here's the quick convo update with Katie:

10:49 PM me: quote from dr drew radio show i'm half listening to:
"so i think I'm allergic to....
"my boyfriend's....
10:50 PM man juice"
Katie: lol
that seems like an allergic reaction that would not leave me giggling
me: esp to man juice
thats the medical term
10:51 PM Katie: right, I'll have to memorize that for boards