Welcome to the 24th edition of Grand Rounds! I am not a doctor, nor am I good looking enough to play one on TV, so my knowledge of what rounds are like comes from my addiction to the TV show “Scrubs”. Since I’m not funny enough to make this post like that, I’m going to do the thing that hospice workers do best. I’m going to tell you the truth, give you your options, and let you decide what you want to do next.
Here we go!
Below are the best posts the Medical Blogosphere has to offer this week. You have two options, and I’ll tell you what they are in an easy to understand form. There are links below that are smart, funny, and informative; that is a fact. You can do two things with this fact:
One: You can click on the links, read the posts, and learn something.
Two: You can not click on the links and learn very little.
As a hospice worker, I’m a big fan of patient choice. You can do what you want, I am offering you something here that I think you may very well find useful. I hope you take advantage of the opportunity before you, but I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do. How you proceed from here is totally up to you.
Anthony Cox of Black Triangle blog says that Japan is now out of fashion when it comes to the MMR vaccine.
My favorite Cheerful Oncologist tells us of a recent dream that asks some big questions that can only be answered by time.
Maria from intueri gives us a look at the world through a patient in the psychiatric ward’s eyes.
Dr. Charles tells of his lack of skill in dealing with a patient who has macular degeneration. I’m not sure which is better the post or the HIPPA debate that follows in the comments.
T.J., a med student, makes his first appearance in Grand Rounds by writing about a Psych patient and the voices in his head.
Different River reflects on this advice that was floated in the NYTimes: How to save Medicare? Die Sooner.
Scott (a Central Illinois small town Family Practitioner) tells us the 10 things a doctor hates to hear.
Grunt Doc gives us two, shall we say, out-of-the-box ideas on how to relieve Emergency Department overcrowding.
Far From Perfect posts briefly on changes in the paramedic world over the past 20 years and how those changes have reduced the need for Code 3 calls. Makes sense to me!
Medrants rants about the lack of logic in today’s payment system and how it forces doctors to give poor care.
Tales of an MD/PHD student tries to define what a MD/PHD program is.
Toot Toot! Hospice Guy is posting a series on how to chose a hospice. Here’s part one. (Clear abuse of hosting power in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . . If you refer patients to hospice I’m begging you to keep up with/read this series. 99% of patients will use whatever hospice you recommend, so please take this opportunity to educate yourself on the differences.)
Kevin M.D., gives background information on why the Pope got a tracheostomy.
The Madhousemadman takes a moment to remember a doctor that touched him during his rotations. (On a side note, the Madhousemadman spent the longest 36 hours of his life this week, but got something life changing in return. Congrats! You are about to understand the real meaning of sleep deprevation.)
Dr. Andy was recently reminded of his residency and his struggle trying to figure out when to take a stand against a superior. (Welcome to the blogosphere Doctor.)
Respectful Insolence (next week’s host) gives some insight from recent presentation at a medical conference and a useful list of the types of people that will ask you questions when you are done.
Dr Emer posts on a infertility, a subject I’ve learned quite a bit about as a sibling goes through the highs and lows, with a post titled Helping Sperms Swim.
Tim from Medical Connectivity gives his first ever Grand Rounds post which questions if the hospital building boom could turn into a bust.
Alice Dreger’s blog, on the Intersex Society of North America website, says it’s time to stop risky surgeries on intersex children.
Thinking nurse gives us a book review of Claire Tregaskis – Constructions of Disability: Researching the Interface between Disabled and Non-Disabled People, Routledge 2004.
On the lighter side, Dr. Tony wrote a medku for us.
That’s it for this week. Hope you learned something!
Thanks to Nick who got this whole thing started!
If you have missed previous editions you can catch up on what you’ve missed here.
Next week’s edition will be hosted at Respectful Insolence.