The #POTUS in JAMA

What happens when the President of the United States of America decides to publish a peer-reviewed commentary in one of the most respected medical journals of the nation? It goes viral, of course. Anybody who follows me on Twitter knows that I am a big fan of Barack Obama, and my liking for him especially peaks after each year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner (although of … Continue reading The #POTUS in JAMA

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If Carbapenems Go, Can Colistin be Far Behind?

I wrote about the disaster-in-the-making discovery of transmissible resistance to colistin, a last resort antibiotic, when the Lancet Infectious Diseases published a paper based on data coming out from surveillance in China. At that point of time, the isolation of the transmissible gene providing resistance (mcr1 gene) gained a lot of attention. Maryn McKenna’s blog post went viral and there was a lot of tornadoes in Twitter. … Continue reading If Carbapenems Go, Can Colistin be Far Behind?

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Student BMJ Opens Call for Clegg Scholarships for 2016

The Student BMJ hosts one of the most sought after and competitive medical journalism scholarships for medical students, lasting for 8 weeks, called the Clegg Scholarship. This year, the call has opened and there are four positions, each with a funding of 1,200 GBP. The Student BMJ is looking for one scholar each in the following areas: Medical Journalism Medical Education Medical Education and Social … Continue reading Student BMJ Opens Call for Clegg Scholarships for 2016

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A Response to Anandabazar’s Indictment of Doctors-in-Training: Attitude vs Aptitude or Students vs System

So, I have been meaning to blog for a while now, but as all my online blog-ey friends know, I have been suffering from a massive attack of Bloggers’ Block. However, I recently got the inspiration to write again because of a recent article I read in the massively popular Anandabazar Patrika, titled মেধা থাকলেই ভাল ডাক্তার হয় না (only merit does not a good doctor … Continue reading A Response to Anandabazar’s Indictment of Doctors-in-Training: Attitude vs Aptitude or Students vs System

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Thoughts on h-index (and Google Scholar Metrics 2014)

The 2014 Google Scholar Metrics have been released a week or so now. The list for the top twenty journals in Health and Medicine are: [drumroll] Now, one thing that needs to be clarified is that the Google Scholar citation index used is the h-index (over a period of 5 years). The interesting thing is that, this is slightly different from the more famous Impact … Continue reading Thoughts on h-index (and Google Scholar Metrics 2014)

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The Man with a million hits: John Ioanndis

If you are not aware of Prof. John Ioannidis and his work, well, you must have been living buried under the proverbial rock (also known as AIPG/AIIMS papers). He is what people usually call a gadfly. He wrote an article which took the world by storm, and not just for a day or two! He reached what is commonly known in the social media scene … Continue reading The Man with a million hits: John Ioanndis

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