The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines “Epidemic” as an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area. Whenever there is an epidemic of any disease, Public Health Physicians and doctors in general pay a careful attention to the trend … More Social Media: The Force Awakens
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?
So you’ve got a patient with a tracheostomy tube. And Houston, we’ve got a problem. What do we do? Here are some common problems and basic troubleshooting actions: Tube dislodgment This is often a problem in the first few days of tracheostomy when the wound is still fresh and the tracheostomy tract is still not … More Field Notes on Tracheostomy Part 2: The Problems
Hello! This is not a comprehensive textbook on how to manage patients with tracheostomies. This is a humble collection of practical brief notes, as requested by a twitter friend. This is a primer. For more extensive information, feel free to consult the big texts. Tracheostomy Someone once said that a tracheostomy tube is a piece … More Field Notes on Tracheostomy Part 1: The Basics
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