Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shout Outs

Fizzy, A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor, is the host for this week’s  Grand Rounds.  You can read this week’s edition here (photo credit).

I am proud and honored to be hosting this week's grand rounds. As usual, I'm going to open with a cartoon:

And finally, Webster's Dictionary defines "grand rounds" as nothing, because it's not even in there. ……

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Kim, Emergiblog, is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 5, No 4) which is in its 5th year!   You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

Welcome to Change of Shift – a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short!

We have some old friends and some new additions.  Our submissions cover the best of nursing and the most difficult moments. Some share successes and others could use some collegial support.

So, grab a latte, put your feet up and enjoy..

Change of Shift.  ………..

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KevinMD has published a guest post by  Peter J Polack, MD:  Balancing a surgeon’s beliefs with the needs of the practice

Not long ago, we interviewed a physician for possible partnership in our practice. After showing him around our town, some of us partners had dinner with him to discuss business. He was a quite pleasant fellow, well trained, and seemed to be a good ‘fit’ for our practice. As dessert was being served, he said he needed to get one more thing off his chest: he prays aloud in the operating room before starting each surgical case. If we couldn’t allow him to do this, it would be a “deal-breaker.”

So, what would you have done?  …………….

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Dr Charles is hosting the first annual 2010 Charles Prize for Poetry.  Have you submitted one yet? You only have until August 31st to do so.   The entries have been amazing!

Open to everyone (patients, doctors, nurses, students, etc.). Limit 1 or 2 entries per person.

Poems should be related to experiencing, practicing, or reflecting upon a medical, scientific, or health-related matter……

Contest closes August 31st.

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The flood in Pakistan has not gotten the attention on tweeter or in the medical blogs (from me or the ones I read) that the earthquake disaster in Haiti received.  So let me do a small part in passing along how you can donate to the relief effort.  This information is from the U.S. State Department:

Text "FLOOD" to 27722. Your $10 will go to the State Department Fund for Pakistan Relief…..  See Pakistan Relief Fund Page»

Text "SWAT" to 50555. Your $10 goes to UNCHR, which is also collecting Pakistan relief aid.

Additional Organizations: The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations.  Learn More»

SAVE THE CHILDREN  Donation Phone #: 1-800-728-3843  Website: http://savethechildren.org

IRC  Donation Phone #: 1-877-REFUGEE
Website: http://www.theIRC.org

OXFAM  Donation Phone #: 1-800-77-OXFAM
Website: http://oxfamamerica.org

MERLIN  Donation Phone #: 202-449-6399
Website: http://www.merlin-usa.org

ACTED  Donation Phone #: 202-341-6365
Website: http://www.acted.org/en/support-us

AMERICAN RED CROSS   Donation Phone #: 1-800-435-7669  Website: http://www.redcross.org

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A tweet last week from @DrVes  led me to this CNN article by Cody McCloy:  Do-it-yourself solar power for your home  (photo credit).  I look forward to this “plug-in” technology.

Imagine outfitting your house with small, affordable solar panels that plug into a socket and pump power into your electrical system instead of taking it out.

That's the promise of a Seattle, Washington-based start-up that is working to provide renewable energy options -- solar panels and wind turbines -- for homes and small businesses. The panels cost as little as $600 and plug directly into a power outlet.

The company, Clarian Power, aims to be the first to bring a plug-in solar power system to the market, in 2011.  ……………….

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Another “building” story came my way via a RT from @EvidenceMatters@snowcroft  Did the ancients build to please ears as well as eyes? Claims of acoustic archaeologists: http://is.gd/evLxo (RT @bldgblog)”    The link is to an article in New Scientist by Trevor Cox:  Echoes of the past: The sites and sounds of prehistory

……….Might we be missing here something that both Hardy and our prehistoric ancestors understood? Some archaeologists have begun to think so. They argue that sound effects were an important, perhaps even decisive, factor in how early humans chose and built their dwellings and sacred places. Caves that sing, Mayan temples that chirp, burial mounds that hum: they all add up to evidence that the aural, and not just the visual, determined the building codes of the past. But is that sound science?

Assessing the claims of "acoustic archaeology" rapidly encounters a fundamental problem: sound is ephemeral.  ………….

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I seem to be on a building this week.  Do you like tree houses?  Check out 39 Crazy Tree Houses.  Not sure which is my favorite, but I do like this one

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Dr Anonymous’ BTR show will be a celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the show.  Come join us.

Upcoming shows (9pm ET)

8/26: Dr. A Show 3rd Anniversary

You may want to listen to the shows in his Archives. Here are some to get you started:

GruntDoc, Sid Schwab, Dr. Val, Kevin MD, Rural Doctoring, Emergiblog, Crzegrl, Dr. Wes, TBTAM, Gwenn O'Keeffe, Bongi, Paul Levy, John Halamka, and ScanMan

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