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Comment: Some tricks (Score 1) 384

by deuist (#45962527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

The advice given by others (such as making sure you don't have an undiagnosed learning disorder) is useful. Here are some tricks I used in medical school:

Creating songs about a subject: "The radius is connected to the ulna. The ulna is connected to the humerus..."
Pretend to teach it to others.
Repetition, and repeat, again, and then once more. I usually need to read something 5-6 times to have everything fully committed to memory.
After class, immediately re-work the notes. Timeliness is key to clarifying information that you just learned.

Also, you mentioned taking multiple classes at once. Could you drop down to 1-2 this semester to see how it works with a reduced work load? Your post is well-written and clearly explained; so you clearly know more than you're letting on.

Comment: Re:Rename the disease and awareness will shoot up (Score 3, Informative) 70

Sulfa works for MRSA, as does doxycycline, clindamycin, vancomycin, zyvox, and a few others. It's called MRSA because it's resistant to penicillins, not because it's a "superbug" with magical powers that makes it immune to every antibiotic out there.

Sincerely,
Deuist, MD

Comment: That's it? (Score 0) 325

by deuist (#38195198) Attached to: More On Why It Stinks To Work At Zynga

You work 12- hour days and you're complaining? I'm a resident physician and work 12 hours shifts everyday. Plus, I have to take call which translates into 30-hour shifts on occasion. My personal record is 32 hours awake in the hospital---and that's after Congress stepped in and created the work-hour limitations.

You get free meals? I don't.

You get free shirts? I got a set of scrubs and white coat two years ago that I've been wearing every day since I started. My coat is covered in dried stains from various bodily fluids. The hospital is refusing to replace it and I must keep it until I graduate.

I will say that I'm happy with the management, which I guess is something more than Zynga employees can say.

Comment: From a doctor (Score 5, Interesting) 566

by deuist (#36056414) Attached to: Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

I'm an ER doctor. I can't create patients as they come to me with symptoms. I will say that people come to me with minimal symptoms such as cough and fever and then demand blood work, X-rays, and antibiotics, even though the majority of the time their symptoms are caused by a virus and will get better all on their own. Somehow, our society has become so weak that every cough, scraped knee, or hangnail requires a visit to the hospital. And somehow we think that physicians can't diagnose anything without a thousand dollars worth of painful tests. Whenever I try to explain to someone, "You have a cold. You're going to be fine," that's not a good enough explanation. I've even had a few people demanding admission to the hospital---which, if you didn't have a life-threatening disease before, you can certainly pick one up during a hospital stay. This problem is societal in nature and has been made worse with television shows such as House and ER where lay think that every problem requires specialists and lots and lots of tests. Don't blame me; I'm just a cog in the wheel.

Comment: Re:From the perspective of a potential user... (Score 2) 159

by deuist (#35329466) Attached to: Device Addresses Healthcare Language Barrier

Plus, we already have translation phones that do this. My hospital has a contract to a language line where I make a call to a 1-800 number, punch in my access code, and can find a translator for any language in less than a minute. In the past year I've used Spanish, Italian, Russian, Albanian, Chinese and Czech. I can get through the patient interview and even give discharge instructions with relative ease. And if I can't find the translator phone, Google translate works in a pinch.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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