Archive for the ‘Postgraduate Education’ category

The Book – Available Now!

January 7, 2010

DundeeChest have been working for about 18 months on writing a book!  We see a hole in the market for a CXR book for junior doctors –  a book to explain what the hell to do with a “funny looking” CXR on the ward at 2 in the morning.  So we’ve written it, and it’s now available, on Amazon.

The book is in full colour!  Which seems a bit daft, I know, but the picture quality is so much better in colour!

Go on, have a look, buy the book, fund my kitchen conversion.


Why buy books, when Google does it for you?

December 9, 2009

You can now read the Oxford Mini Handbook of Medicine (The Cheese and Onion) on google books!  So no excuses for not knowing any answers, eh?


Of course, you must buy my book when it comes out in the new year…..

Thursday Lunchtime Meeting

December 3, 2009

Don’t forget the Medicine Educational Meeting happening at 1pm, LT1.  No idea what it’s on, but there’s a free sandwich.

Confucius Says….

October 21, 2009

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

The Dundee medical curriculum is centred around the concept of reflection, but I think it is not well understood.  We all write up our reflections in hollow platitudes, the same template repeated again and again.  But do we really look critically at what we have done on a daily basis?  Do we think about how to improve ourselves?  How to change how we learn, how we teach, how we function?

I decided this year to start a reflective diary, in the form of an online blog.  It’s locked, no-one else can read it.  I find it very useful – every day I write what is happening in my life, both personal and work related, and how I feel about what has happened that day.  It is sometimes hard to write, and sometimes hard to find the time to write, but when I do I find it concentrates my mind to what I have done, what I got right, what I got wrong, how to improve things next time.

I spoke to the second years at the beginning of their block and suggested they start a reflective blog.  One at least has, and I’ve read a wee bit.  I follow it with interest, as he begins to use the tool in different ways.  I can strongly recommend to anyone to start a reflective learning blog; it has helped me a great deal in just the past few months.

Tell us about arrhythmias, again…..

October 19, 2009

I know it’s silly, but it’s a nice wee video, and actually portrays quite nicely how AV blocks work.  The left and right bundle branch blocks look wrong at first, but actually, they’re right!

CXR Teaching

October 14, 2009

Morning Chesters.

Thanks to Dr Goudie for finding this little gem!  If you want some teaching on CXRs, you can always come to the next SEXI course (Scheduled for Aberdeen later in November!), but in the mean time, this is a fantastic on-line alternative from the University of Miami.  Some of the bits are a bit USofA, but it’s sound radiology, I feel.

Take a look here for more details.

Maybe they’re on to something here?

October 2, 2009

Warwick University think that students that listen to lectures on podcast score higher marks in exams than those students who actually attend the lecture.

DundeeChest wonders – what happens if you do both?

Read the News Article Here