I had heard of Nikola Pirogov as one of the early propounder of Anesthesia in surgery and also as the father of field surgery. It came to my attention that a BMJ Blog was written to celebrate the hero that he was HERE. I must say I did not know that he was that huge a figure in Russian Medicine. A little more digging around revealed a lot … Continue reading Nikolay Pirogov: 200 Years to Nowhere
Got this unsavory bit of email from the ECFMG Reporter the first thing this morning: The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will increase from $740 to $780 for each exam registration. The examination fee for Step 2 CS will increase from $1,295 to $1,355 for each exam registration. The fee to extend a Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility period will increase from … Continue reading ECFMG ups USMLE Fees for IMGs
Now before you ass-u-me that the post is about counting down to the new year and start abusing my poor mathematical skills (they are poor, sadly) let me make it clear: it is not. It is about my upcoming examination. I have two big-ass exams looming large ahead of me, on the 9th January, 2011 and 23rd january, 2011. And I am counting down to … Continue reading Counting Down: 25 Days to go!
Assange and his whistle-blowing website has really taken the world by storm. We all know Wikileaks and its tremendous impact on the world. The political systems have been shaken up and lots of myths upended, many lies (potentially) revealed and the truth believed to be immutable, mutated! I have very strong and specific viewpoints about the whole issue, but this post is not about them. … Continue reading Hacktivism
I have already admitted how enamored I am with the Christmas edition of the BMJ in an earlier post. And the reasons for loving BMJ in the waning month of each year just keeps on increasing. Somehow, they have managed to take the seriousness out of medical research. Quiet like the Annals of Improbable Science, they go ahead and start publishing research that is funny … Continue reading BMJ: Busting Myths Journal
This is an introduction to a new series of posts which I hope I shall be able to keep going despite my busy (read: lazy) schedule in life: Medical Pimping. Now, this particular post has been heavily influenced by the folks over at Life in the Fast Lane who blogged about the art and science of Medical Pimping here. I am not going to tautologize the … Continue reading An Introduction to Medical Pimping
<start rant/> Regret the poor pun already, but if you are a BMJ-Christmas edition fan like me, you will have eagerly awaited the brilliant series of enjoyable scientific reads they bring forth as a year end extravaganza that they spew each December. I was pleasantly exhilarated to read this article which takes on the pseudoscince of Integrative Medicine, which is just a nom de plume … Continue reading ASStronomically Bad Science