Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. Between this morning’s cases I had some moments to ponder on a consultation I had with a patient a few days ago. One of those conversations that is like a glitch in the matrix, seared into my conscience. Here I am In Canada, far away on the … More Why I love my job
Here’s what I’m wishing for my patients: Ear Waterproof hearing aids that do not rely on batteries. A tablet taken in the first trimester that would eliminate the development of congenital ear malformation. A percutaneous, image guided insertion of a cochlear implant under local anaesthesia. A pill to eradicate otosclerosis and acoustic neuroma. A … More Christmas Wish For My Patients
Easy. It is the most beautiful of all the surgical specialties. I know, I’m biased. Let me tell you why (and I am about to have a word diarrhea here) It’s true that ENT does not get a lot of fanfare in Medical Schools. Most medical schools may spend 1-2 weeks on ENT teaching. ENT … More Why did I choose ENT?
I’ve just watched The Martian. Brilliant movie! Geez, I love geeky space movies based on some real science! Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer gave it a 94%, and I concur. The movie was well acted and well directed. More importantly it was built on some good science, the non-Hollywood kind. The Martian is based on a book … More The Martian: What’s a MacGill’s Forceps Doing on Mars?
Twitter is a communication platform, and therefore, it is a neutral medium. It’s not the medium itself, but how you use the medium that makes Twitter ‘good’ or ‘bad’. In my 5 years of being an anonymous and 5 months of being a named individual on Twitter, I have come to realise that different people … More Five People You Will Meet on Social Media
I was once Australia’s most followed surgeon on Twitter, according to dear wife. She was probably right, as always. I had more than 3700 followers on my account, but very few people knew who I was behind that necktie avi. You see, I was an anonymous, or more correctly, a pseudonymous. There were 3 reasons … More My Twitter Experiment: From Anonymity to Community
I wrote this on 27th December 2013 on my ‘anonymous’ blog. Interesting reading one and a half years later. I joined twitter 3 years and 4 months ago. I did it twice. The first time as an observer-explorer, but gave up on it. The second time, with a friend’s encouragement I tried it again. Like … More Why I love twitter but need to let it go.
I wrote this on 20th November 2011 on my previous anonymous blog. This was meant to poke fun at surgeons and Twitter. what do you think today? A/Prof Katherine Chretien and team has recently published a landmark study on Twitter Physicians. It was aptly titled “Physicians on Twitter”, published in The Journal of The American … More 5 Reasons Why Surgeons are better at Tweeting
I’ve been told many times, “You’re doing ENT, that’s great. Early Nights and Tennis. Easy life with no emergencies, right?”. I’ve also been asked many times, “Is there such thing as an ENT emergency?” Well, let me list some of the emergencies I’ve personally been involved with over the last few years. When I’m oncall … More What will greet me this Christmas: ENT Emergencies.
Last weekend was our 8th anniversary weekend. Lots of people did not believe that I’ve been married that long. I wonder if it’s because I looked young, or perhaps because people did not think that marriage could last my surgical training that long? You know the old joke: An elderly couple was asked “Wow, you’ve … More 8 Things 8 years of marriage has taught me