Archive for November 2009

Anatomy and Physiology Vidcasts

November 28, 2009

For those of you wanting a series of vidcasts on basic anatomy and physiology, look no further.  East Tennessee State University come up trumps.

I haven’t been through them all, but they few I have watched seem accurate enough!


Just in Time Learning

November 28, 2009

I spent Thursday at an ESTICT training course on Electronic Voting Systems.  The utility of the voting handsets is a hit and miss affair at Ninewells, I think we have introduced more effective learning with them this year in the Chest block, but I wonder if the rest of the course is using them effectively.  It’s something for me to think about a great deal throughout the year in preparation for next year’s Phase 2 block.

In the meantime, here’s a great quote to think about if you’re about to do some teaching:

“As you enter a classroom ask yourself this question: If there were no students in the room, could I do what I am planning to do? If your answer to the question is yes, don’t do it.”

Converting the medical curriculum from a “Content-centric” to “Student-centric” teaching and learning, that’s my challenge.  I will be trying it out with Apples and Pears, I think….

E-Medicine takes over….

November 26, 2009

If you want a respiratory opinion in Ninewells, you e-mail the respiratory team.  This method has saved us literally hours of time we would have otherwise spent answering bleeps, wandering the wards, and seeing inappropriate referrals. Seems we’re not the only ones pushing for e-mail consultations.  If you want a question answered about respiratory medicine, you can always e-mail DundeeChest

Can your iPhone really diagnose your cough?  I’m sure DundeeChest can’t tell you what you’ve got, just from your cough….  Made redundant by a phone?

Having a heart attack?  Stick a lolly up your nose, it saves lives, apparently…

Famous person in Asthma Shock Diagnosis

November 26, 2009

Suddenly it’s now cool to have asthma, or it is acceptable to have asthma, or is it a hidden shame that’s now out in the open.  Why did he keep it a secret?

More importantly, why is he taking a steroid inhaler as a reliever?

At last – vindication for the gamer generation!

November 18, 2009

Playing the Wii is like going for a brisk walk!

I’m not sure I’m burning quite so many calories playing GTA IV on the 360, but perhaps I can play more Super Mario Galaxy!

Another Day, Another Clinic

November 16, 2009

Another interesting clinic this morning:

1 lung cancer

2 chronic bronchial sepsises

1 obese person who’s breathless

1 undiagnosed asthma

1 end stage COPD without cor-pulmonale, but a lovely ECG of 1st degree heart block, and p-pulmonale.

No students in attendance, of course.  I have another clinic this afternoon – at least one more cancer on it, and a fair bit of bronchiectasis, I think.

Another Tonsillectomy?

November 6, 2009

YouTube – tonsillectomy .

Or perhaps like this…