Can Video Games Treat ADHD, Depression?

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, the director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UCSF Medical Center, explains how the immersive nature of video games can be used to benefit medical disorders as a diagnostic, adaptive, and therapeutic tool. Read more about Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD. Filmed at FutureMed, in February 2013, at Singularity University. Featured image from...

Da Vinci Robot Arm: Never Touch a Patient Again! (Parody)

Ever tried using one of those Da Vinci Robot simulators that are supposed to prepare surgeons for using the real thing? Did you feel like a paralyzed infant with zero depth perception? I did! Students from the University of Alabama College of Medicine got really creative at their skit night and put together this hilarious parody. Worth the...

3 Words that Medical School Will Make You Hate

1) Empathy When it comes to choosing medical students, medical schools begin by selecting specifically from the highest performing students, then proceed to determine which among these individuals actually care about people. What factors do admissions teams care about the most? Grades and test scores. This makes sense considering medical school is cognitively demanding and these objective measures allow for an easy way to cut through the massive number of medical school applications. Especially given that, despite all the good things that can be said about volunteering, the motives behind volunteering and helping others are subjective. (For instance, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the vast majority of volunteering done by medical students is done primarily to get into medical school.) However, when one takes the time to actually think about the personality traits often required for the pursuit of high grades; such as competitiveness, status seeking, neuroticism and possibly narcissism, it’s easy to understand how the doctor profession has a problem with empathy. So the question Medical Schools constantly face is what to do with a bunch of highly competitive applicants that may or may not be empathetic. Apparently steps 1 through 3 involve taking a ridiculous amount of time teaching medical students how to be empathetic. As a medical student you are going to hear more about empathy than you thought possible. You will be...

Can Suspended Animation Be the Next Great Advance in Surgery?

We’ve all heard of those miracle cases of people surviving extreme colds: Wim Hof, nicknamed “The Iceman” who broke his previous world record by staying immersed in ice for 1 hour, 13 minutes and 48 second; The stowaway who survived a 5 1/2 hour flight to Hawaii; and Anna Bågenholm, a Swedish radiologist, who survived after a skiing accident in 1999 left her trapped under a layer of ice for 80 minutes in freezing water. But more than just the latest news flash, can the natural effects of hibernation and bodily preservation be used in the operating room? A new article from Mosaic puts this question to the test as it delves into the plethora of research on hibernation and the possible clinical applications of suspended animation: In frenetic hospital emergency wards, it’s often not possible for doctors to identify the problem, fix it and keep the patient alive all at the same time. Patients suffering uncontrolled blood loss, for example, may go into cardiac arrest. When this happens, surgeons must fight the clock to stop the bleeding before they can start resuscitation efforts. “Somebody rolls in and they’re basically dying,” says Tisherman. “We’re quickly trying to resuscitate them, and figure out what’s wrong with them, and repair injuries all at the same time.” This is the fundamental underpinning of trauma medicine: you are always against the clock. An in-depth look at hibernating animals...

#Specialty – ZDoggMD Parodies #Selfie

Primary care takes a #Selfie. With student perceptions like this, no wonder there’s a primary care shortage! PS We’re trying to make primary care way awesomer at Turntable Health. Read this Daily Beast...

How to Be The Perfect Gunner

A perfect picture to sum up the essence of the gunner and what you can do to get there, too!   For more by Dr. Fizzy, click...

What We Do When Not on the Wards

So I’ve explained about all of the various crises facing us (SGR, GME cuts, student debt), but I haven’t really talked about how medical students and physicians have organized to prevent this from happening, so I thought I’d use this post as a little intro and then bring you, O Constant Reader, up to speed with what happened at our last conference.  Here goes. I acknowledge that there are specialty societies that exist at multiple levels, as well as other interest groups, but for the sake of this being a primer, I’m sticking with the gestalt of organized medicine. The Basics of Geography: The smallest level of organized medicine that I’ve encountered is the local medical society.  Be it representative of a city, county, or region (it varies all across the country), this group is composed of, you guessed it, local physicians.  Often there isn’t a set political agenda, but it provides a means for physicians working in close proximity to interface with each other at monthly (give or take a few weeks) meetings. The next level is the state medical society.  These bodies mainly concern themselves with the goings-on at the state legislative level and accordingly direct much of their resources to state policies.  In general, the societies break their state up into districts (or equivalent word) that are represented by one or more of the aforementioned local...

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