Veerle Smit and Romée Snijders

Compendium Medicine: A Textbook “of the students, by the students and for the students”

I receive all kinds of emails from people who stumble across this blog. A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from the team behind something called Compendium Medicine. This is a project by two Dutch medical students, based out of Amsterdam, who are trying to bring a medical textbook which caters to the needs of the students. They label this as a resource “of … Continue reading Compendium Medicine: A Textbook “of the students, by the students and for the students”

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Ebola Ecology (CDC)

Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are in the midst of an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. The numbers that have been provided by the respective ministries of health and sanitation and the World Health Organization, which has been summarized in a CDC factsheet show frightening trends. Before proceeding further, let us take a look at the numbers of the suspected and confirmed cases, suspected deaths … Continue reading Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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West Nile Virus and Polio-like Syndromes: An Emerging Threat

While the whole nation has been gripped by a media-induced frenzy about the fatal effects of the so-called “litchi virus” (do not get me started on this! This issue deserves a whole post of its own!), another virus-related news has quietly slipped beneath the radars of the cumulative hysteria. This article in the Times of India has implicated the West Nile Virus as the causative agent … Continue reading West Nile Virus and Polio-like Syndromes: An Emerging Threat

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Sticky post

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 of a policy, to the level that I managed to … Continue reading Rural Posting Post-MBBS: Part 1 – Why it is a bad idea

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Viva la Evidence: EBM + ColdPlay

James McCormack is a Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and is passionate about music and evidence based medicine. In a unique endeavor that reminds me of the incomparable ZDoggMD, he has brought together these two passions in a synergistic manner. He has started making videos to promote the concepts of EBM amongst the common man, … Continue reading Viva la Evidence: EBM + ColdPlay

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Estimates of Risk: A Short Revision

As a part of the academic program for the residents in the Department of Community Medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, we have to give didactic seminars on different topics for the faculty members and the other residents. This is a great exercise not only in speaking and countering, but also, I think one learns the best when he studies something! … Continue reading Estimates of Risk: A Short Revision

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A Lexicon for Public Health Students: Hobson’s Choice

This is a new series of posts in which I intend to de-mystify some concepts that are largely confusing (to me) and try to come up with some simple, sticks-to-memory explanation for the same. I may make mistakes in unearthing these concepts since I a myself learning more about these, so do be kind in criticism. This concept is often mentioned in course of our … Continue reading A Lexicon for Public Health Students: Hobson’s Choice

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