Browsing All posts tagged under »surgery«

A Rare Presentation: Pott’s Disease

August 4, 2013


I’d like to share with you a very interesting case of spinal tuberculosis, or Pott’s Disease.  It’s a condition we all learn about in medical school, and which many US physicians will never see due to its rarity.  According to the CDC, about 10,500 cases of TB were reported in the US in 2011, and […]

Mediku | You Say ‘To-may-toh,’ I Say ‘To-mah-toh’

March 11, 2012


So, as Obstetrics & Gynecology comes to a close, I’ve noticed something – just as in other surgical specialties, old school docs and nurses love to use the term “sontimeter” in place of centimeter.  In fact, I’ve been hearing it twice as much because of the frequency ultrasounds are discussed in this specialty. Anyway, I […]

Rise of the Machines

March 8, 2012


I recently observed my first robot-assisted operation with the da Vinci surgical system (left).  It’s designed to allow for surgery that’s less invasive and more precise, resulting in shorter hospital stays.  As you can see on the manufacturer’s website, the da Vinci surgical system is the best thing ever invented, and is somehow related to […]

Running Subcuticular Suture Technique

February 20, 2012


Suturing  is an important part of several clerkships, and whether or not you’re going to be a surgeon, I believe it’s just proper form for a physician to be able to suture half-decently.  Unfortunately, for some of us the opportunity to practice doesn’t present itself often, and we may be rusty when we’re called upon […]

Clerkship Advice | Third Year Surgery

July 12, 2011


The third year of medical school can be just as scary as it is exciting.  It’s great when you have someone who can tell you what to expect on your rotations, but that’s not always the case.  Because of that, I’m planning on summarizing most of my clerkships so other medical students may benefit. I […]

Mediku | Smooth Move

July 1, 2011


As my surgery clerkship winds down, I’d like to share with you a pearl of wisdom I gleaned from my first resident as he was teaching an intern which common orders to write for post-op patients. What do patients need? “A god damn stool softener!” Says my resident. See?  Being a surgeon is easy.  Stay […]

Problems With Clinical Mentorship

June 22, 2011


As I finished my 24-hour call this morning, I was reminded of a 2009 study revealing a decline in empathy as medical students transition from their mostly-didactic second year to third year, which is essentially an apprenticeship in the hospital with lecture as an afterthought.  I began my third year with what most would argue […]