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COVID-19 Infectious Diseases

Was the SARS-CoV-2 a laboratory generated virus?

Summary information from some recent publications which indicate that the SARS-CoV-2 most likely emerged in nature, through natural selection, and was not a laboratory generated virus which escaped from the lab, either accidentally or due to malicious intent, and resulted in the pandemic which has thrown the whole world off-balance. However, the debate still remains, and a clear, fool proof evidence in favor of either side is yet to be identified.

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COVID-19 Infectious Diseases

Convalescent Plasma in COVID-19: The Dutch ConCOVID Randomized Controlled Trial Halted for Re-design

The Dutch CONCOVID Trial intended to look at the effect of convalescent plasma therapy on mortality in COVID-19 patients. It has recently been halted after recruiting only about a fifth of its calculated sample size after some very unexpected results were observed. These are my quick thoughts on the matter!

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Thoughts on Society, Medicine and Public Health Fuelled by Rudolph Virchow

A pretty pointless post where I ramble on about some of the most powerful aphorisms and sayings of Rudolph Virchow, the master pathologist, the shrewd politician, and the craftsman of immortal aphorisms. In times of inspiration deficiency, turning to the masters is never a bad idea, and like Osler, Virchow never fails to come up with something smart, short and motivating. Here is a selection of Virchowisms chosen purely based on personal biases and opinions.

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Advice on Writing USMLE and Fellowship Personal Statements: Gabriel Bosslet, Program Director at Indiana University

Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Department at Indian University, recently wrote a Twitter thread where he details his views on what constitutes a good Personal Statement for Fellowship applicants. While there was resounding disagreements, several of his arguments were quite valid, and are likely to be reflected in many PDs, across Fellowship and USMLE Residency programs. This is a brief reflection on his twitter thread.

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Indiblogger Closes Shop: Another Nail in the Coffin for Blogging?

Indiblogger, the network for Indian blogs and bloggers, has recently shuttered its doors. The automated materials stay on, but the folks behind this labor of love, are gone. This provokes some thoughts on why I blog (or not), what happened to the blogosphere in the fifteen years I have been blogging, and whether I should continue blogging or not. In other words, a personal rant!

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#DTMH Strategies: Disease Summary – Diphtheria

While preparing for the group activities or quizzes for the GHHM Course, we come across a lot of disease conditions, and one of the strategies that I tried to adopt was to create short notes on the individual diseases, as well as study up the public health approach to prevent and control epidemics or outbreaks of these diseases. Here is the disease profile for Diphtheria.

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#DTMH Strategies: Using the GHHM Site

For those who are acquiring the eligibility to sit for the Royal College of Physicians, London, iteration of the DTM&H examination through the MSF’s Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine course, this is a short primer introducing them to the slightly confusing, extremely helpful, and somewhat user-unfriendly Moodle platform which forms the foundation stone for the year-long preparation trek!

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