Medical school humor
I am knee deep studying for my internal medicine recertification, so my sense of humor maybe a bit warped, but I found this to be a scream:
I recently have joined a Bartter and Gitelman group on Facebook. It is a collection of people from all over the English speaking world, each with a long standing chronic disease and all of them are on an diagnostic island where they have never met another person with the disease and are generally seeing docs […]
Last year I had one of the most severe cases of hyponatremia I had ever seen. Last night I was flipping through iPhoto (looking for the drawings Margret Atwood did of my alter ego, Kidney Boy) and found this photo… Just looking at the labs gives me chills. Here is the whole story.
Earlier this week Congressperson Bachmann took a crack at the HPV vaccine, saying that she heard from some person that her daughter had become a retard after getting vaccinated. “There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate,” Bachmann said after the debate, where she had told Perry on stage that […]
Almost all of the hyponatremia I see is inpatient, but this week a woman was referred to my clinic with a sodium of 128. She has a sharp family doctor who ordered all the right tests. Here are the key pieces: Plasma sodium 128 Plasma osmolality 277 Urine osmolality 180 Urine SpGrav 1.005 Urine sodium 14 […]
I first met Ajay Singh when he came to St John Hospital as part of a symposium on chronic kidney disease in 2004 or 2005. It was a great meeting and Singh gave two memorable lectures. The first was a dismantling of the MDRD equation as an accurate measure of GFR. He was speaking against […]
Stanford let demographic information on 20,000 ER visits escape onto the web. A billing contractor created a spreadsheet containing names, account numbers, diagnosis, and length of stay for every admission to the ER for 6 months. Somehow, this spreadsheet was uploaded as an attachment to a post asking for help making bar-charts (you can’t make this up) […]
Dr. James Chang of the personal finance blog, PoorMD, has written a parody of Dr Seuss’ classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It is a candid look at the journey people make in order to become doctors. I found it charming. Go download it. All of the illustrations were done on his iPad. Terrific.
A patient came to the hospital with a swollen arm. The ED suspected a DVT and ordered a doppler ultrasound which confirmed their suspicion. The admission labs included a chem-7 which revealed a potassium of 7. Her creatinine was 1 and she wasn’t taking an ACEi, ARB, aldactone, ketoconazole, or potassium supplements. The ER was […]