lionel-messi-2013-hd-wallpaper-2219075 Quintessential Messi. One moment he is standing over the ball, in a seemingly harmless position at midfield, the next thing you know you are picking the ball out of the back of the net. How did this come to pass? How did things change so rapidly? When you watch it the first time, it's disorienting. It makes no sense. How does ...

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Suturing As if med students don't have enough to worry about in the OR. James Chang is a radiologist and author of Oh Doctor, The Places You Will Go… He blogs at Poor MD and can be reached on Facebook.

shutterstock_149069183 Recently I've been asked to write about rural surgery, what it's like, what's good about it.  Everything has its ups and downs. First of all let me say that whatever your job is, the money you get paid to do that job is for the crappy part, and every job has a crappy part.  The trick is to find a job that ...

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An excerpt from Burning the Short White Coat: A Story of Becoming a Woman Doctor. Chief’s pager went off and he looked at me. “It’s time to go down to the OR,” he said. "Just because you dated Dr. Lawson doesn't mean we are going to give you special treatment ...

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shutterstock_101193772 I have this life. It's not a cubicle life -- there's a lot of everything in it, and I never really know what the next hour will hold.  Whenever I talk to people about what I do, it's surprising to me that almost no one has any real clue what my life is really about. Here are the impressions that they tell ...

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I was incredibly impressed by the announcement that three top U.S. health systems -- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the University of Michigan Health System -- will be enforcing standards that prevent low-volume hospitals from performing certain surgeries. This comes on the heels of a major US News story which showed that patients who had surgeries at low-volume hospitals faced significantly higher risks of complications ...

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shutterstock_111214139 A chief resident about to graduate wrote the following to me:

I just read -- twice -- the New Yorker's review of Henry Marsh's memoir you tweeted about. Wow. It seems like he is grappling with so many of the things I'm feeling now, as I'm trying to sort out if I'm trained "enough" to head out into the world. Of ...

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shutterstock_115412092 At my institution, we have a decades-old tradition known as Girls’ Night Out.  Once a year, the female surgical attendings treat the female general surgery residents to a night out at a fancy North End restaurant.  At its infancy, in the late 1970s, the dinner consisted of the only two female members of the department of general surgery.  It has since ...

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american society of anesthesiologistsA guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Earlier this year, I spoke to an audience of physician anesthesiologists about setting up a basic quality assurance (QA) program within their departments. At the end of the presentation, one physician anesthesiologist stated that his group “will not let anyone out of the operating room ...

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shutterstock_74535430 I like to think that doctors are still a profession made up of people who want to help others. Sure, there are other benefits to our jobs. The technical challenge, the intellectual rewards, the financial security. But honestly, we do really get a lot from helping others. It's satisfying to look to your fellow man in a time of need and heal ...

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