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Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #1 – Houston, you have a Resident!

This is a series in which I post about the confessions of the USMLE matchers this year. I had encouraged people to fill in their responses to a series of questions posted here, in order that I could transcribe them into short narratives for people interested to know more about the match. If you have […]

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Rural Posting Post-MBBS: Part 1 – Why it is a bad idea

These past couple of days, the medical student community of Delhi (and by extension, India) has been seething with discontent over a piece of legislation that has been reverted after intense pressure from junior doctors at all levels. I have been very vocal on twitter and social media about the unfairness of this sudden imposition […]

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USMLE Match 2013: Part 1: Positions per Applicant – Revealing the IMG Story

This post has been long due, and I have been rather flattered that I received several “requests” for this post as a follow up to my previous ones; you can find the previous (recent) posts related to USMLE: US Budget FY 2014: Did the US Govt Make USMLE Tougher for IMGs? USMLE 2013 and IMGs: All […]

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The Death of a Disease: India Eradicates Polio

Today (13th January, 2014) is a landmark day in the history of public health in India. It is exactly three years since the last Polio case was detected in India. Ruksha Shah, from the Subharara village in the Panchla block of District Howrah, West Bengal was the last recorded case of Polio in India. India […]

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Showing Polio the Finger: A Lesson in Public Health

As students of Public Health, we, in India, are witnessing history in the making. It is not often that one gets to see, and be a part of a revolution that is the eradication of a disease. I know that global polio eradication is still under threat because of multiple issues. And with countries in […]

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The Family Physician: A Dying Romantic Idea

I have been known to lament the loss of the prestige of the basic medical degree (MBBS) in India. While you may or may not agree with it, the truth remains that nobody who is doing (or has recently done) an MBBS course wants to stay out at that level. Everyone wants to go and […]

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USMLE 2013 and IMGs: All That Glitters is NOT Gold

I have pretty much been declared the official (Indian) USMLE rumor-monger by one of the most famous USMLE coaching institutes that held introductory classes to tell the masses what USMLE was all about. Thank you sir, you made my day. Now, again, another disclaimer. The last time I wrote about the USMLE match (this one: […]

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The USA Dream for IMGs: Coming to an end? Analysing the 2012 Match

My attention was drawn to an article in the JAMA today (1) by one of my friends who is actively pursuing the USMLE route. And after reading this, I guess I have to admit that one now has to make haste in order to prevent waste. Now I have long been wanting to write about […]

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William Gosset: A True Student

Today I attended a Basic Epidemiology class meant for the undergraduate students as I thought it would be good to brush up on my basic knowledge. The topics for the day were Hypothesis Testing and An Introduction to Randomized Controlled Trials, both pretty important ones, no matter which level you are studying at. What struck […]

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Remembering Tinsley Harrison, the Oslerphile Physician

The past few weeks have been very demanding on me and I have not had the best of times, either on the personal or on the professional front. So, today, I took a break from the usual drudgery of life and decided to take a step back and remind myself of the bigger picture of […]

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The Map of the Cat Conundrum: Richard Feynman and AIIMS November 2011

Well, that sounds like an odd assortment of topics to group under the same heading, does it not? Well, today I had the misfortune of experiencing first hand what Feynman had described ages ago in Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman? As my blog readers might know, I had an examination today, and before you ask […]

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DNA Digest’s Twitter Competition for Data Sharing in Genetics

As any reader of Ben Goldacre’s blog and books will know, open data is the big debate. And the bigger the diagnostic or therapeutic implications of the data concerned, the bigger need to keep it open (or closed, depending on your proclivities). Genes and genetic studies have long been touted as the final frontier for […]

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The 2014 Match Interview: Help us find out more about the secrets behind your success

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[NSFW] MRKH Syndrome: Legends, Urban and Historical

Disclaimer: Contains strong language, sexually explicit in nature in order to explain bodily functions in a non-jargon manner. Maybe NSFW. This week we had a fabulous case presentation in the department. The patient was suffering from Atypical Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome, as evidenced by the absence of the uterus and cervix, with only the distal part of […]

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House MD 8×02: Transplant

House MD 8×02: Transplant

As big a fan of the House MD show I am, let me start off with the disclaimer that I consider this to be one of the worst ever episodes of House MD to come on air. EVER! And that is not just because of the sucky medical mystery, but also because of the very […]

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Life Beyond Medicine

Hacking of the National Institute of Epidemiology and Musings on Hacktivism

Hacking of the National Institute of Epidemiology and Musings on Hacktivism

Yesterday, my friend and medical blogging maestro, SoumyadeepB brought this to my notice: National Institute of #Epidemiology, #India hacked .. @scepticemia might interest you http://t.co/Zm3Uc55yon— Soumyadeep Bhaumik (@DrSoumyadeepB) January 27, 2014 So, apparently, the National Institute of Epidemiology got hacked by a member identified as what I think reads as Haxorioux Mind who apparently belongs […]

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people […]

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Mediquiz: Rhapsody–Preliminary Round

Mediquiz: Rhapsody–Preliminary Round

This was the FIRST ever Mediquiz I conducted and fittingly, it was conducted with none other than Parijat Sen, the master quizzer himself. Along with Parijat (who will soon be leaving for an Internal Medicine residency in the US of A) and Shibojit Talukdar (who is doing his Surgery residency at the prestigious Post Graduate […]

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World Toilet Day: Sanitation for Gender Equity

Hello. It is World Toilet Day today! I have made it a point to regularly blog about it every year since I started blogging: Have A Shitty Day: World Toilet Day World Toilet Day: Give A Shit In each of these posts I have talked about the importance of sanitation in health and the prevention of infectious […]

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Research Blogging

Penile Cancer: Another Reason to Stop Banging Animals: (Insert Zoophilia Joke)

Penile Cancer: Another Reason to Stop Banging Animals: (Insert Zoophilia Joke)

First up, I cannot believe the numbers! This is awe-inspiring. I read the abstract three times in order to convince myself that I was not seeing things. More than the results of the study itself what intrigues me no ends is how the researchers got the participants to open up about screwing with Billy. Billy […]

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