Archives for April 19, 2006

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 2:30

I’m a little late to the party, but:

Welcome to Fat Doctor’s Grand Rounds, Vol. 2, No. 30

Six pack of Diet Coke to focus my tangential thoughts: $2.99.
Bottle of acetaminophen to soothe my throbbing brain: $4.38.
Aborting all attempts to be clever: Priceless.


What Happens in Las Vegas Stays in Las Vegas

…unless you blog it.

 Tonight I got to Las Vegas for the ACEP Spring convention starting early this morning.  I walked the place a bit with my spouse, who has accompanied me on this trip.  We didn’t go very far (or far enough), and had some expensive food for dinner.

On the way back to the hotel we had an interesting interaction: a fellow who was clearly under the influence of a lot of stimulant drugs and was acting bizarrely and aggressively.  We were followed for a ways, and it was unsettling.  (I was thinking what I’d tranquilize him with in my ED, which was odd).

Anyway, we’re back in our hotel, and I’m looking forward to a good convention.  My wife has a ‘gambling allowance’ and is looking forward to using it.

More as it happens… 

Games for Health

In the ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ department is Games for Health. What’s that, you ask?

Games for Health is a project produced by The Serious Games Initiative, a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars effort that applies cutting edge games and game technologies to a range of public and private policy, leadership, and management issues.

The Initiative founded Games for Health to develop a community and best practices platform for the numerous games being built for health care applications. To date the project has brought together researchers, medical professionals, and game developers to share information about the impact games and game technologies can have on health care and policy.

In addition to the Games for Health conference, the Initiative is working to catalog use of games in health care, to assist current development, collect best practices, share research results, and explore ideas that might improve health care administration and policy.

It sounds like a terrific idea, and one that could revolutionize many facets of medical education. They’re having a meeting May 9th, if you’re interested.