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Muscular claustrophobia: A case on a blog

Chris Nickson at Life in the Fast Lane demonstrated how blogging can be used effectiely in medical education. Believe me, going through such a case presentation is much more useful than reading about it in a medical book. It’s also interactive as student/collegues can leave comments, ask questions, etc.

A 27 year-old man sustained an undisplaced midshaft fracture of his left tibia after his girlfriend inadvertently (or so she said…) backed into him in her car, with the rear bumper pinning his leg against the car behind. Following an orthopedic consult, he was put in a long leg cast and sent home, with orthopedics follow up arranged for the next day.

Read the case, go through the questions, engage in discussions.

Health 2.0 News: Facebook Privacy and Google Flu Trends

Google Flu Trends is not as accurate at estimating rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza as CDC national surveillance programs, according to a new study from the University of Washington.

  • PolySpell and ChemSpell: It is an advanced spelling correction system (works well with medical, chemical and scientific words as well).
  • Nathan Myhrvold: Could this laser zap malaria? (TED Talk)
  • Medting, the clinical case collection site just went through a major redesign. Clinical Case Collection on Video

I guess you have already heard about that is one of the best clinical case collections nowadays. Here is a video in which they explain how the site actually works.

Celebrating Case Reports: Academic Meeting by Cases Network

Cases Network, one of the best clinical case collections, is hosting an interesting event at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 15th May this year, and has a great line up of speakers.

The meeting is chaired by the Editors-in-Chief of two case report journals, Richard Smith and Professor Michael Kidd. Sir David Weatherall will be the keynote speaker.


Unfortunately, I cannot make it, but would love to hear more about, for example, these presentations:

Patients and the future of health care

  • Health Talk Online: Ann McPherson (Medical Director, Health Talk Online)
  • Web 2.0 and the future of health care: Paul Hodgkin (Founder and Chief Executive, Patient Opinion)

Top 10 Self-Surgeries

According to the Wikipedia article on self-surgery:

Self-surgery is the act of performing a surgical procedure on oneself. It can be a rare manifestation of a psychological disorder, an attempt to avoid embarrassment or legal action, or an act taken in extreme circumstances out of necessity.

Now the List Universe created a list of the top 10 most incredible self-surgeries. A short overview about what you will find there (the names and the procedure they performed):

  • Dr Jerri Nielsen: Biopsy
  • Amanda Feilding: Trepanation
  • Deborah Sampson: Extraction of Musket Ball
  • Dr Evan O’Neill Kane: Appendectomy and Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Joannes Lethaeus: Lithotomy (Removal of stones formed inside certain hollow organs such as the bladder and kidneys)
  • Sampson Parker: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Dr Leonid Rogozov: Appendectomy
  • Douglas Goodale: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Aron Ralston: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Ines Ramírez: Caesarean Section

You shouldn’t miss all those interesting stories and incredible images.

Physician 2.0 Award at the Medicine 2.0 Congress

I will attend the Medicine 2.0 Congress taking place in Toronto this September, 4-5. I will talk about web 2.0’s role in medical education and how to build an online reputation. Moreover, I will be in the Medical Bloggers’ Panel as well.

If you plan to attend it, register at the site of the congress and let’s meet there.

Now here is a great idea from MDPIXX and the organizers.

We are pleased to announce that MDPIXX (dubbed the “YouTube” for physicians) will sponsor a “Physician 2.0 Award” for the best clinical case submitted to the MDPIXX case database.

The award consists of one Apple iPhone for the winner.

The price will be awarded during the Medicine 2.0 Congress in a public session.

Eligible for the award are medical doctors. The deadline to submit a medical case to MDPIXX is September 3rd at 12PM (CET Time).

The award will be given to the most valued case, as determined by the MDPIXX user community.


Click here for further information.

Scientific Research and Medicine in Second Life

David Pescovitz at BoingBoing had an interesting post about scientific research in Second Life, the virtual world:

This week’s Science News discusses several real scientific research projects inside Second Life. For example, Drexel University neurobiologist Corey Hart is building a virtual frog to study the neural pathways involved in hopping. Meanwhile, Robert Amme, a physicist at the University of Denver, is modeling a nuclear reactor as a training tool. Indeed, many research institutions are leveraging the simple sim tools of SL to create immersive science learning experiences.

This is a great example about how to close the gap between real science and the virtual world. You may also know about our medical exercises at the Ann Myers Medical Center where they train medical students (just like me) with case presentations. Now here is a tool with serious potential that could help us do it even better:

Text files, images and videos in one place. The aim is to create virtual patients with virtual medical conditions. Why is it beneficial for medical students?

The entire medical education is about case presentations. We move forward clinic by clinic during our studies and listen to case presentations all the time. That’s what we can do in Second Life but with even more educational material and without time or geographical restrictions.

According to DusanWriter, there are pharmacy patient case studies as well in Second Life.

The school has started to use SL as a training module, and has created a virtual version of Greensboro’s Moses Cone Family Practice Center, a local medical center. Students create an avatar and move through the center either as a student interviewing a patient, or as a patient. At the end of the simulation, the student takes a quiz to test his knowledge of the case history and of the practice center.

If you want to know everything about Second Life & Virtual Worlds for Academic Healthcare & Education, check out the slideshow of Patricia F. Anderson.

And if you don’t have a computer at home, let’s use a mobile to enter Second Life:

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