COVID-19 has had a slow growth in various African countries. I look at the reported numbers and it seems that although the epidemiological proportions are in agreement with the global numbers, the low rate of testing is perhaps contributing to the lower number of reported cases.
Skeptic Oslerphile. Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Past: Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!
India enters a small group of nations which have tested over 1 million samples for COVID-19. Some reflections on the scale of the success and what it entails.
When studying or working in the field of pediatrics, the amount of information you need to have memorized is mind-boggling. Yet, the speed of information recall and having the information on hand […]
A modeling paper discussing the impact of lock down has been virally transmitted on WhatsApp. In this post, I outline why I disagree with the core findings and assumptions of the model.
My reflections on why we need to mount a community-owned action plan to combat COVID-19 and how it will be detrimental to depend on our secondary and tertiary care hospitals to fight the COVID-19 battle.
A quick summary of the policy steps taken by various countries to contain or mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
The 2020 MSF Access wish list outlines six simple, effective, realistic, and very achievable targets. Check them out. Contribute to make them happen… because medicines should not be a luxury.
With the numerous feminine hygiene products available in the market, such as the menstrual cups, tampons, and reusable sanitary pads, the options for women sanitary products has now widened. Today, women are […]
Making the decision to go into rehab is not an easy one. It means admitting that drastic steps need to be taken to resolve dangerous tendencies. The services from harrishousestl.org highlight some […]
For many patients, a long wait at the doctor’s office is just accepted as part of their day. Overworked healthcare professionals, often working insane hours to match up to the patient loads, […]
Injuries to the spinal cord often leave a person without the ability to move or feel sensations. Accidents from vehicle and motorcycle crashes, diving and falling make up a large percentage of […]
Living a healthy lifestyle is very important for longevity. As we age our bodies tend to have different needs from when we were in our 20s or 30s. That is why creating […]
Bad breath can turn anyone into a social pariah. The simple fact is that people don’t want to smell bad breath when they’re trying to talk to you. We’re not talking about […]
Hearing loss and depression are highly connected. In fact, 11 percent of those who suffer from hearing loss also suffer from depression. Many people wonder where this depression comes from. Well, there […]
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.
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.
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!
There are a lot of unfortunate realities about life in capitalist societies, particularly in the United States – one of the main issues being that corporations try to profit off anything and […]
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.
In this blog post, I take a peek at the summary slides presented for the Medscape Physician Compensation Report, 2019. Like every year, there are some interesting trends and findings, and, like every year, I long for such a national survey for Indian doctors!
One of the most challenging parts of the DTM&H examination is the preventive medicine paper, which basically comprises of five questions, each carrying twenty marks, all of which you have to answer in one hour. It is the section where South Asian candidates perform the worst in!
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!
A short introduction to the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene offered by the Royal College of Physicians, London. This is an examination tests the knowledge of physicians who wish to practice medicine effectively in developing countries.
A brief summary of the infectious disease outbreaks reported from the state of Kerala between May 2018 and May 2019 by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program of India. Despite the perception that the Infectious Disease challenge has been adequately met in India, the threat of outbreaks remain.
An octogenarian gentleman was brought into the emergency room of a government-run hospital, the Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital, colloquially known as NRS, a respected medical teaching institute in the eastern […]
Disclaimer: Contains graphic depictions of death and brutality, unfortunatley, all of which is based on truth. There are pictures and accounts of the genocide perpetrated on the Cambodian people by the despotic rule of the Khmer Rouge, under the administration of the Angkar, under Pol Pot’s leadership.
My thoughts on how the last few moments of an old film, “Look who’s back” left me quite stirred. The movie is a satire based on a novel by the same name, the premise of which is the aftermath of a cosmic cross-connection due to which Hitler is transmitted to the 2014 world.
A recent editorial in PLOS NTDs has declared that the journal will launch a specially focussed section on enteric infections and enteric dysfunction. The editorial emphasizes the importance of working in this […]
This study has been popping up all over the AMR radar for me for the past week; so, when I was stuck in traffic today, I decided to sit down and give […]
Thoughts on Dr. Beat “Beatocello” Richner, a Swiss Pediatrician who consecrated his life to serve the children of Cambodia.