UT-Austin Med School, and why they’re just getting one now

UT Austin is finally going to get a teaching hospital (built by Seton):

The medical school facility, which will include academic and medical research space, will be financed by UT-Austin.According to the university administration’s internal estimates, the cost of the entire endeavor is approximately $4.1 billion over 12 years. Central Health will cover about 10 percent, and Seton is expected to cover nearly half, including the clinical faculty and residency slots for graduate medical education.The rest will largely come from UT-Austin.

Good, I suppose. We’re going to be short doctors soon anyway, and more training slots are welcome. (Insert dichotomy between what society needs and what they’re willing to pay for and its distortion of the residency training market).

And now, Story Time with GruntDoc:

“I think people will look back and say, ‘How did this community work without having a major medical center here?’” Powers said.

via UT-Austin Med School Plans Proceed After Election — Higher education | The Texas Tribune.

A good question, now let me tell you they ‘why’ as it has been told to me*.

In the early ’70s, the Texas Legislature set aside the authorization and funding for a new medical school in Texas. All understood it would be a UT Austin school, right there in the backyard of the Texas Capitol.

For those unaware, the Texas Legislature is in session for 90 days every two years, and the last minute flurry of bill passage and amending is said to be quite remarkable. And, this is how a powerful legislator stuck a rider onto a somewhat unrelated bill that said ‘all the money from that other bill is for Lubbock’, and it was passed.

The UT Austin medical school was hijacked, and landed squarely in Lubbock. Reportedly powerful people were ticked but couldn’t do much about it, and Lubbock has supported the Med School well (I myself attended several generations past). Shenanigans in legislatures? Who’d have though.

Now, Austin will get a Medical School. Better late than never. Congrats!

 

*This was told to me as a tale when I was quite young, so I suspect the details aren’t spot-on, but it makes sense given how the Texas Lege works and how little Texas Tech would have been expected to get a Medical School over UT in the early ’70s. Let’s not use this for a Wikipedia entry, okay?

Terrible: Midland, TX Parade float with Soldiers and families aboard hit by train

Prayers.

This is early reporting, more surely to come. All from @OACrime (alerted by @OACourts)

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Update: Best of luck to the injured, and to Midland Memorial Hospital (Where I once worked).

 

From KOSA:

MIDLAND – CBS 7 has just learned that a train has slammed into the “Hunt for Heroes” parade procession. Reports from the scene tell us that at least nine people have been seriously hurt in the wreck that happened at the train tracks near the intersection of Garfield and Highway 80.

and

UPDATE 6:00 PM ***
Police Chief Price Robinson tells CBS 7 four confirmed dead 16 injured.

 

Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare – YouTube

The title is theirs, and it’s unnecessarily inflammatory, really it should be “Price Transparency in Medicine vs the Traditional Model”.

Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures.

via Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare – YouTube.

More of this, please, much more.

Argo – a bad movie review

Tonight I took a beautiful woman to dinner and a movie, and I chose (with assent) Argo based on the recommendation of friends. I have good friends.

I won’t actually review the movie, that’s what Rotten Tomatoes is for.

I will tell you a funny story.

We were driving away from the theater (all of 6 in the hall on a Tuesday night) when I said: “Hey, a movie where the Americans are the good guys”,

to which my lovely wife said

“Well, it’s about actual Americans”.

There ya go. A movie review.

 

PS: I need to learn to write with fewer I’s.

Happy Birthday, USMC

I post this every year, and I still enjoy it…
original poster from: stores.ebay.com/WONDERFULART

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Vet’s Day Fundraiser

It’s my chosen Charity, and if you have some money to help Sailors, Marines (and their families), it’s a good cause.

Dear Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society supporter,

Sunday is Veterans Day, and the Society — along with millions of Americans — will pause to honor all who serve or have served in our nation’s military.

But while we pause to reflect and express our gratitude, our mission of helping service members and their families never stops. That is why I am asking for your help today.

Donate $25 to honor Veterans and help us continue to support Sailors, Marines, and their families when facing financial difficulties:

http://action.nmcrs.org/donate-for-veterans

Since 1904, the Society has been helping Sailors, Marines, and their families deal with the unexpected.

By assisting with interest-free loans and grants for food, temporary shelter and other basic living expenses, military families can deal more effectively with unforeseen hardship.

Veterans Day is the perfect time to honor those who serve by ensuring active and retired Marines and Sailors have the financial resources they need in times of crisis. Your support will make a very real difference.

Make your Veterans Day gift to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society today:

http://action.nmcrs.org/donate-for-veterans

Thank you for your service to our great country.

Steve Abbot
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret)
President and CEO
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

I just gave.

 

Your eyes do not deceive you, it’s different

The first new theme for this blog in years.

It was well overdue, but as usual only a crisis can make things happen.

Something changed on the blog, I know not what, but suddenly I couldn’t get into the dash through a web browser (but could through the WordPress app, odd). After several emails with the webmaster, a trial of reinstalling the software, etc, it was determined that the theme, very custom and lovingly assembled by my great web guy, was the problem. Time for an updated theme.

Thus, this. It’ll get tweaked going forward, but for now this is the starting point. (It looks good on my iPhone, too).

It’s also a chance to clean out some dead/dying stuff from the sidebars. Remember blogrolling? Blog link lists? I noticed the number of dead blogs on Instapundit last night, and realized my blog was certainly no better on that front, so those are gone (for now; were there a great hue and cry I’d look at restoring them with updated versions, but I’m betting they’re not missed).

Thanks for coming. And thanks to Brian, the web guy!

 

Theme change coming

Will elaborate later. In the mean time
Keep Strong and Carry On.

The Aerospace Genius succeeds

My brother the Aerospace Genius is celebrating the sale of the 1,000th copy of his book!

http://thinkfastengineering.com/blog/

If you have time, congratulate him, and if you have a racer in the family, consider a nice book on racing for Christmas!

Congrats, brother!

Well, that’s at least new

Tonight we had house alarm false #3 in about 6 weeks. Geez. Gift baskets for my neighbors.

To the alarm panel I go, and it tells me it’s a glassbreak downstairs. This isn’t good, as were I looking to break into the house I’d do it though the basement (and thus the glassbreaks, motion sensors, punjii-pits and laser traps).

So, to the bottom of the stair I go, and for the first time in my house I’m getting really spooked: someone is breathing heavily on the other end of the long room! I sweep the room behind me, and go to have a look, with the Voice of Doom in my right hand and a suddenly tremulous flashlight in the left. I clear the entire area, and nobody there, but the sound remains.

Then I hear a sharp noise behind me. I looked up to hear sound coming out of a glassbreak detector. Freaky. As I was about to curse the alarm manufacturer, hot water dripped on me.

Glassbreaks will alarm and make audible noise when you run water through them, turns out. The leak is in the dishwasher discharge on the floor above. Water and breaker are off to the dishwasher, and Monday will be calls to the trades.

Yes, by the way, this is the same ceiling the dishwasher dropped during the kitchen remodel several months ago. I have high hopes it’ll stay together and dry out well, though the dishwasher needs a different kind of union to the discharge piping.

I’m going to have the flashlight examined, too.

Farewell, Big Tex

ACEP 12 tweeting: Bukata and Hoffman

Those who don’t follow me on Twitter probably have calm, productive lives. Those who do wonder why I twitter at all. Because it keeps me busy and engaged, that’s why.

Here’s an edited compilation of two of the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly 2012 lectures in tweets by me from Denver. These encompass about 3.5 hours of lecture by the same two legends, Jerry Hoffman and Rick Bukata reviewing the medical literature as it applies to EM.

I used Storify to put these together (it couldn’t have been easier). I left out a lot of comments from others, not as they weren’t interesting but as I’m trying to tell the story of this lecture.

At the end there’re some pictures of the Twitterers and Bloggers who get together after ACEP. Nice how we’re birds of a feather. For a bonus, at the end are Joe Lex’s 4 Rules of Emergency Medicine, which deserves its own compilation.

8 Pound, 9 Ounce Baby Born on 10/11/12 at 13:14 | CNSNews.com

That’s all the story you need to read, right there.

8 Pound, 9 Ounce Baby Born on 10/11/12 at 13:14

Des Moines baby a numerologist’s delight

via 8 Pound, 9 Ounce Baby Born on 10/11/12 at 13:14 | CNSNews.com.

The most entertaining celebrity political endorsement of the century

I’m not endorsing the candidate, just the ad.

 

Steve Martin is terrific.

An Elegantly Icky Solution

Entertaining and medical!

I’d love to shield the identify of the patient in this story. But I can’t, and you’ll understand why in a minute. It’s not that I’m worried about a HIPAA violation or a law suit. After all, the patient was my mother-in-law. She and my father-in-law – Pop Pop – have moved in with us . . . so they aren’t going to sue anybody. And while I hesitate to embarrass my soft-spoken “Mom Mom” with the details of this tale, I have to tell this story straight. Here goes.

via An Elegantly Icky Solution.

Sounds like something we need to try earlier.