The Differential
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May 20, 2011

While you were waiting...

Physically performing an autopsy doesn't take much time; it could take less than 3 work hours to remove the organs, close up the body, and perform a gross exam. However, leading up to the autopsy and following it takes some time; tasks you'd think would happen more quickly happen more slowly (eg getting the death certificate, finding complete patient charts, having the body delivered and picked up). 

I bring this up because I've been working on one case in particular that I thought wasn't taking long, but then I realized it's been over a month since I started the case and I'm not much closer to completion than I was at the beginning. Every look at the...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

May 19, 2011

I See Pathology Everywhere

I have a problem with earbuds. I spent years wearing clunky, dorky headphones at the gym simply because standard size earbuds just will not stay in my ears -- rarely when I'm sitting still, not a chance when I'm running. I watched other lucky runners jogging alongside me happily b...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

May 16, 2011

Trapped in Boards Purgatory

My toaster is looking at me. Or, well, it might not be. Probably isn't. I don't know. It's 12:17 in the morning, and I've been working most of the day. It's getting hard to tell which appliances are looking at me and which aren't. I'm taking a break from a pediatrics review to put...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

May 16, 2011

Do You Want Your Prescription Data "Mined?"

Despite having no real connection to the Green Mountain state, I once again find myself blogging about Vermont. But this time it's not about single payer...

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sorre...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

May 15, 2011

Are the Boards and the Wards Misaligned?

"Tina" came to the pediatrician's office with her mother. At fifteen, Tina had never menstruated. Naturally, she and her mother were concerned about the developmental delay. On exam, Tina was short for her age. She had a broadly shaped chest, poor breast development, and her n...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

May 15, 2011

Rotations on the Road

That feeling of being lost at every corner, not knowing where to find your patients or supplies, is all too real when starting a new rotation. Those same feelings are multiplied when rotating in a completely new city miles away from home.

This month I have chosen to do a c...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

May 15, 2011

Our Colleagues: Pathology

I'm approaching the end of my Autopsy/Pathology elective, and I thought I'd go over a few observations that I hope may help future doctors (and perhaps serve as a reminder for me when I'm working with pathologists):

1) A General Practitioner knows a little...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

May 15, 2011

The Ethics of County Medicine

Recently I attended another ethics lecture. In my experience, most ethics lectures I have attended usually begin with a quick review of medical ethics principles. The lecture, though, quickly devolves into story time. Stories of past cases that illustrate ethical dilemmas. While...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

May 9, 2011

Single payer healthcare on its way in Vermont!

How in the world did I go 24 years before learning anything about Vermont? I mean, I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and I went to high school in Detroit, Michigan -- both places where, near as I can tell, American history and politics were just about the only history an...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

May 9, 2011

A Specialty Choice Emerges

Unless you are among the lucky few who know from the onset of medical school what you want to specialize in, you get to wait for that special moment somewhere in your third or fourth year that tells you which way to go. I thought that moment would never come and have become increa...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

 
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