MedBlogs Grand Rounds Vol. 4 No. 50

A Chronic Dose: A Chronic Illness Blog: Grand Rounds Vol. 4 No. 50
Grand Rounds Vol. 4 No. 50: Getting Some Education

MedBlogs Grand Rounds, Vol 4, # 47

Medical Humanities Blog: Grand Rounds, Vol 4, # 47
We here at MH Blog have the honor of hosting Grand Rounds this week. No theme was provided, so let’s dive in and see what the best of the med-blogosphere has to offer.

Wins a Gold.

Los Angeles Times: Doctors talk shop on medical blogs

Yrs. Trly, KevinMD, OBGynKenobi and Notes from Dr RW are all mentioned.  I’ll disagree mildly (I think it’s more complicated than that) with the last sentence, but the reast is pretty good.

Los Angeles Times: Doctors talk shop on medical blogs

Web posts offer insight into the profession, but also raise patient privacy issues.
By Melissa Healy
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

August 4, 2008

For physicians of a certain age, the weekly teaching session known as grand rounds is a ritual steeped in formality and tradition. Presided over by the profession’s graybeards, grand rounds are attended with white coats on and clinical details in hand.

Here, young physicians learn to accept their elders’ old-school admonishments with reverence and humility.

Grand rounds on the Internet, however, is another thing altogether. A weekly compilation of the Internet’s best medical blog postings, it is part classroom, part locker room, part group therapy session and part office party — a free-wheeling collection of rants, shop talk, case studies and learned commentary along with the occasional recipe, movie review or vacation slide show…

I’m always interested that I sound a little smarter in interviews than I do in actuality.  That’s a good thing.

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:45

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 29 July, 2008. ‘Why do we do it?’ at
Welcome to Grand Rounds! This is my first time hosting, so thanks for your patience as I stumble through. And thanks to everyone who submitted! There are some extremely insightful folks out there, and I’m grateful to showcase their thoughts.

Another nice job, in his particularly well-written style.

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:44 The 200th Edition!

I’m Honored to be the first Sixth Time Host, but more importantly to be the host of the 200th Edition of MedBlogs Grand RoundsDr. Nick Genes deserves all the credit for starting (and maintaining) this wandering collection of links to the best of the MedBlogosphere (thanks, Nick!).

There were more than 40 submissions this week, and here they are in the order they were received, (with my ER Doc attention span review in parenthesis at the end of the link):

The Happy Hospitalist submits an excellent diagnostic sign of malingering, the Sleeping Husband Sign (must read for acute care docs and nurses).

Highlight Health says people lie about their fruits and vegetable intake (no!) in  Did You Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Today? (I’d have the same reporting bias, unless coffee and beer are considered grains).

Vitum Medicinus describes how his medical school tries to convince students to become family doctors…and how they really end up
doing just the opposite in The failed mandate of our family practise course (surprise: medical students didn’t get into med school by being dumb or easily influenced).

Wait Time blogs about the upside of efficient time management: having time to spend with patients in Finding Time (this says a lot about his compassion, and makes the point that being efficient doesn’t mean heartless; it’s the opposite).

Dr. Val interviewed reporter (and Texan) Bob Schieffer about his cancer in A Survivor’s Story (Dr. Val is a good interviewer, and has some amazing access).

Amanzimtoti write about visiting Americans from an NGO (ugly Americans) in Third world aid (Bad behavior should be punished, by pointing it out).

Other Things Amanzi (yes, the last two are related) relates an arresting story from the ICU: captive (that’s some determination).

Diabetes Mine interviews an inspiring diabetes educator: The Diabetes Educator We All Should See (nice interview by one of the medblog worlds’ brightest lights).

Colorado Health Insurance Insider covers a push by ACOG and the AMA to label home births as unsafe: Shame On You ACOG and AMA (seconded here).

Dr. Tienchin Ho also has something to say about this ACOG statement in HBACM Statement on Home Births (also thinks the ACOG got it wrong; new blog is focused on good birth information, home and hospital).

Dr. Shock begins a series on the Patient-Doctor relationship with Empathy (quite good).

Insure Blog has nothing nice to say about shoddy reporting in Disturbing Carrier News (read it all to see the happy ending).

FreshMD introduces me to a new term in Tonsilloliths a.k.a. throat poo (another great term for the ED).

Suture for a Living reviews , well, Major and Lethal Complications of Liposuction (Fortunately, I don’t need it this week…).

Odysseys of George finds and cures a rare cause of upper GI bleeding: A Rare Bleeder or is it really? (with pictures!).

How to Cope with Pain wonders Are You Mindful 24/7? (something I wonder about in the ED chronic pain patients…)

In Sickness and In Health finds she can vacation in My Own Private Idaho (I like happy endings in stories).

Health Business Blog on The Medicare monster (which Will eat us alive, as no politician is going to push Means Testing until we’re past broke).

Canadian Medicine reports in the over-regulation isn’t just a US thing with It’s a wrap for dangerous donairs after health warning — and good riddance, I say (I don’t want one).

HealthLines’ Health Connects wishes Nelson Mandela a Happy 90th Birthday (do I want to be 90?  No, I want to be this age twice around…).

Unique but Not Alone write about a conversation with her daughter: But we’re not like that Mom… (I’m impressed she can write about this talk at all…).

HealthLine’s The Fitness Fixer wants to set the record straight about Three Common Swimming and SCUBA Myths in the News Again (nothing about waiting after eating before swimming…).

Covert Rationing submits Fun With Randomized Trials, and Breasts (the comma is unnecessary, as is any comment from me).

Medical Jokes alerts us to an acupuncture technique guaranteed to stop, well, any problem: Roman Acupuncture (not much repeat business).

Neuroanthropology introduces us to Bench and couch: genetics and psychiatry (I read it, and I think I understand, but I hope it’s not on the test).

Notes of an Anesthesioboist on the self-describing Why The O.R. is NOT a “Meat Market,” Grey’s Anatomy Notwithstanding; and, Looking a Patient in the Mouth: What’s That About? (good intro to one aspect of the pre-anesthesia eval, and some really interesting pictures…).

Doc Gurley on steroids for atypical infections in Body’s Too Eager… (good post, but her prestigious award under her picture got my attention).

Anatomy on the Beach has some Thoughts of a Generalist (and I think the blogger is correct).

HealthLine’s Teen Health 411 (lotta HealthLine bloggers out there) says correctly Youth Need More Exercise (though I think statins in the teens is too much).

HealthLine’s Medicine for the Outdoors (the esteemed Dr. Paul Aurebach) alerts us to MRSA Madness and Tomato Update (good info on MRSA; I disagree on wound cultures, and our food supply is laughably vulnerable.  Where are those Rajneeshees, anyway?).

The Back Pain Blog answers the age-old question Sciatica and the Epidural: Are You a Candidate? (good info for those who are considering it).

Life. Not Terribly Ordinary went to dinner, and it didn’t go well.  Awkward much? (very).

Rural Doctoring submitted several (she’s on a tear these days) but this one fit: What is Transparency? (only Flea knows for sure…).

The Cockroach Catcher advises how to get out of trouble: Try Illness First, then Children (it didn’t work; read it anyway).

Clinical Cases has found a way to use Google Trends for Research (with videos, even).

Allergy Notes has found a potential screening tool for asthma: Portable Exhaled Nitric Oxide Meter as a Screening Tool for Asthma (at 52% sensitive and $4200 it’s going to be a tough sell).

Dr. Penna has an intro to Molecular Orthopaedics – What is it (orthopedists are getting smarter…).

HealthLine’s Tech Medicine has a  Review of Epocrates on the iPhone (does anyone own Palm stock anymore?  If so, why?).

HealthLine’s Fruit of the Womb has a comment string highlighting that Amniocentesis is Not Without Risk (good and bad outcomes within).

and Last but not Least,

Emergiblog thinks MedBloggers should have their own conferences, and outlines her thoughts  in A League of Our Own? (I’m in).

If you’ve read this far either I accidentally missed your submission (sorry, attach it in the comments) or you’re in desperate need of an actual life.

Or, you’re reading to see this: Next Weeks’ edition will be found at Edwin Leaps’.

Thanks for coming!

Update: Kim from Emergiblog has found an illustration of my grand round skills:

funny pictures

Heh.  Thanks, Kim!

MedBlogs Grand Rounds, Vol 4, No 42 – The Seinfeld Edition

The Blog that Ate Manhattan: Grand Rounds, Vol 4, No 42 – The Seinfeld Edition
Most things in life can be related, one way or another, to an episode of Seinfeld.

It’s true. That TV show which claimed to be “about nothing” pretty much said everything that needed to be said about, well, everything.

Take this week’s Grand Rounds, the best of the Medical Blogosphere. It’s totally Seinfeld. Every post. Why I can hear Jerry, even now…

Very fun.

Marianas Eye: Grand Rounds from the South Pacific (4:39)

Marianas Eye: Grand Rounds from the South Pacific

Welcome to this island edition of Grand Rounds. Yes, I really live and practice on a tropical island in the South Pacific. And yes, you can too. I’ll let you know how, in next week’s edition of Grand Rounds, which will be hosted by My Three Shrinks. But now, on to this week’s edition.

Hmm. Saipan. Sounds very nice.

Musings of a Dinosaur: Grand Rounds Volume 4, No. 35

Musings of a Dinosaur: Grand Rounds Volume 4, No. 35
IN THE BEGINNING, Nick Genes created Grand Rounds. And the Rounds were unformed and void; and Nick Genes said, “Let there be Hosts!” And there were Hosts; and Nick Genes saw that it was good, so he did pre-Grand Rounds interviews with the Hosts on Medscape. And it came to pass that on May 20, 2008 Grand Rounds did come to be hosted by #1 Dinosaur, who was pleased as punch to be hosting for the second time.

A themed Grand Rounds even I like.  Good work!

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:34 – Health Business Blog

Health Business Blog
Welcome to the latest edition of Grand Rounds at the Health Business Blog. This is my fourth time hosting (fifth if you include the April Fool’s edition).

Good one!

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:33 : Suture for a Living

Suture for a Living: Grand Rounds 4:33
I had no theme for this Grand Rounds, but thought I would share some links and photos of Arkansas. This first one is of the Trail of Tears (photo credit). This first post may well bring tears to your eyes –

The near-perfect Grand Rounds.

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4.31 @ Revolution Health

A terrific Grand Rounds.

Grand Rounds 4.31: How … – Blogs – Revolution Health
Welcome to Grand Rounds 4.31, Dr. Val’s edition of the weekly rotating carnival of the best of the medical blogosphere. There are many approaches to summarizing submissions to Grand Rounds, and I have chosen one that has never (to my knowledge) been used before.

Don’t miss it!

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:30

Welcome to this week’s edition of Grand Rounds, a round-up of the best of the medical blogosphere. If you’re interested, here’s my Pre-Rounds interview. Thanks to founder Nick, and to everyone who send in submissions. I wasn’t able to include them all, but hope you will enjoy these selections, in no particular order.

Go, read!

MedBlogs Grand Rounds – Vol. 4, No. 29

Dr. Wes: Welcome to Grand Rounds – Vol. 4, No. 29
Welcome to the Medical Blog-o-sphere’s weekly edition of Grand Rounds! Today we’ll take a decidedly (well, what else?) cardiovascular bent. I appreciate all who contributed their talents to this week’s edition.

Have a heart, and read it.

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:28

Welcome to MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:28, a weekly online compendium to links of the best medical blog posts.

I’m also very happy to be the first Five time host of this little enterprise, and hope to do it again someday. Over in the left sidebar are category links, where you should be able to find a link to (nearly) all the prior Grand Rounds.

Without further ado, let’s get a look at the best posts of the medblogosphere (which is now a real word, or at least should be):

#1 Dinosaur relates his experience with an internet lurker who reached out – for a reason to not commit suicide. It’s a must read, and approaches a question I hear a lot in a unique way.

Wilderness Medicines’ Paul Auerbach writs a nice case report about a high-voltage injury. Lucky patient!

Health Business Blog write about an unintended (but happy) effect of the Wal-Mart $4 drugs. I refer a lot of patients there for their inexpensive generics.

Episcopal Chaplain at the Bedside explains HealthCare Marketing; it’s not the answer you think you’ll get. It’s very good, and has made me think more about markets in medicine.

Tech Medicine writes about medical consultants and his motivation after a seminar. (And we all know the problem is not getting good ideas, it’s the implementation).

Allergy Notes talks about Country star Trace Adkins and his efforts to publicize food allergies, a personal subject for him as his daughter has multiple food allergies.

Shadowfax discusses an ED trade secret: phototherapy and its applications. Another technique to remember for that one particular case.

NY Emergency Medicine discusses a code he probably caused, and the reactions it provoked. It took nerve to write it, and was probably cathartic.

And, this is where I ran out of, well, whatever makes you finish a Grand Rounds. I talked to Dr. Val Jones over at Revolution Health, and she’s agreed to finish up, so Go There. Sorry. I’ll have to take an Incomplete.

Update: I’m not a quitter, this April Fools’ edition of Grand Rounds was inspired (and coordinated) by Nick Genes, whose creation it was in the first place.

The rest of the conspirators, in order: Dr. Val at Revolution Health, David Williams at Health Business Blog, Nick Genes at Medgadget, Dr. Anonymous at his eponomously (anonymously eponomously?) Dr. Anonymous, Dr. Rob at Musings of a Distractible Mind, and ultimately at Kim’s Emergiblog.

It was fun to do, this doesn’t count as a hosting for me, and I hope it wasn’t too jarring.

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