Medical State of Mind

Apr 17

“There is no possibility for teaching without learning. As well as there is no possibility of learning without teaching.” — Paulo Freire

Giving a Research Presentation to Faculty

…and getting blindsided by some questions I had not thought of.

Apr 14

Anonymous asked: I'm a 16 year old girl & haven't gotten ANY shots / physicals since I was in Kindergarden . I attend public school without my vaccinations etc etc etc and my school allows me to attend with no hesitation. It's my body, my rights. I don't have to put any shit in it that I don't want to. And I'm still very healthy to this day. 5"4 118 lbs.

aspiringdoctors:

Ok, y’all need to stop because this is getting embarrassing. I’m starting to lose my temper.

So just because in all your 16 years you have never gotten sick doesn’t mean that vaccines aren’t necessary. I’m 25 and I have never been in a car accident- that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to wear a seatbelt or check my mirrors when I change lanes. Your personal experience- and the experience of any one individual unvaccinated person- DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING. AT ALL. PERIOD. If you weren’t as selfish and clueless as the vibe I’m getting, you’d thank your vaccinated classmates and fellow citizens for your streak of good health. Your height to weight ratio has nothing to do with vaccines or sometimes even if you are healthy, ps.

You don’t wanna put ‘shit’ in your body? Cool. Don’t. But stay the hell away from the doctor’s office or the ER if you or someone in your house comes down with something, because the only way to fix it is to put ‘shit’ in your body to keep you from dying or having chronic life-altering after effects. And obviously the latter isn’t a priority.

Actually… You don’t trust vaccines? Fine! Why stop there! Don’t use inhalers to prevent status asthmaticus, don’t use birth control pills to prevent unwanted pregnancy and help horrific menstrual cramps, don’t use aspirin to help a headache, don’t use chemotherapy to cure cancer, don’t use insulin to keep type 1 diabetics out of fatal comas, don’t use neosporin to keep your skinned knee from getting infected.

Because if you don’t trust the science behind vaccines, why trust the rest of it?

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It only took 35 years for flesh-eating bacteria to become an infectious terror -

All it took for flesh-eating bacteria to go from harmless organisms to gruesome infectious pathogens was four mutations and about 35 years. That’s what an international group of researchers announced today in a study that outside experts are calling the largest bacterial genome paper ever published.

Apr 13

Body by Andres Diaz.

Body by Andres Diaz.

New Chapter. New Roles.
These months have all been about change and adjusting to it:
I have to be adjust to being a resident. I have to adjust to being a doctor. I have to adjust to being a husband. And we can add another item to the list.
Now, I also have to adjust to being an uncle.

New Chapter. New Roles.

These months have all been about change and adjusting to it:

I have to be adjust to being a resident. I have to adjust to being a doctor. I have to adjust to being a husband. And we can add another item to the list.

Now, I also have to adjust to being an uncle.

(Source: wearinghispurity.com)

Apr 10

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Mailbag: Post-CaRMS

A second batch of questions from my inbox. My apologies to those who waited and are still waiting.

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Apr 08

“Cotton Mather, you dog, dam you! I’l inoculate you with this; with a pox to you!” — The semi-literate quotation in the title comes from a note attached to a bomb thrown into Cotton Mather’s house in Boston, Massachusetts on 14 November 1721 because of Mather’s public advocacy of the most important healthcare improvement of the colonial American era—smallpox inoculation. 

(Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)