Sunday, January 29, 2012

David Blaine's Magic Compilation

David Blaine, referred by some as modern day Houdini, is undeniably one of the most prominent magicians in the modern magic history. I've mentioned that how I was inspired to learn this art after watching his performance, and I'm sure there are many more magicians of my generation are inspired by him too. This is a clip with compilation of his work over decade, including his major stunts namely Buried Alive, Frozen in Time, Vertigo, Above the Below and Drown Alive etc.
Enter his magic world and, be amazed!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CNY Magic

Here comes the annual highlight - CCTV Spring Festival Gala (春节联欢晚会)'s magic performance is always the center attention among magicians. Lu Chen is the performing magician for 2012 - and he did an excellent illusion using just a mirror. Very creative!
But I personally think that the last year performance is still better - in fact much more entertaining. Check it out & tell what you think! ;)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy CNY 2012!

(Image from Tech Quest)
Happy Chinese New Year!
May the Year of Dragon brings you good fortune, health, success & prosperity!
For this year, I think the link below is my fav CNY song - Enjoy! ;)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bye to Some Medical Schools (Going to)

The news is out. The move that was long suspected to be taken "one day", is likely to happen soon. News from The Straits Times:
"The Malaysian government is looking to slash its list of approved overseas medical schools in an effort to address complaints that too many under-qualified doctors are joining its hospitals.
How many of the 375 recognised overseas medical schools will be dropped is not clear but Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman, the Health Ministry's director-general, has said the list will be "substantially shortened". Some Malaysian doctors say as many as half the number of schools may be dropped.
The cuts will affect thousands of aspiring medical students who flock to cheap universities that made it to the approved list in the past decade such as some in South Asia and eastern Europe."
"...About 4,000 to 5,000 Malaysians now become doctors every year.
This has given rise to a whole new set of problems. Hospitals complain they cannot cope with the deluge of trainee doctors, or housemen, while standards have reportedly dropped.
"There are so many people wanting to do medicine for the wrong reasons and attitudes," said Dr Mary Cardosa, head of the Malaysian Medical Association which groups the country's doctors. "Lots of young doctors may not know what they're getting into."
The 39 training hospitals nationwide have struggled to cope with the numbers, leaving many of these new graduates without adequate supervision or opportunity to learn.
The number of house officers soared 272 per cent from 2,297 in 2008 to more than 6,200 in 2010, according to the Health Ministry."
From "KL to drop some medical schools" from The Straits Times.
Read full article HERE.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Housemen: Experiential Learning

What an excellent article. Words of wisdom from someone experienced and qualified enough to comment on current HO training. Good read!
"..There is a common misconception, even among housemen, that because housemen are being paid, they are working. This is not true.
Firstly, they are in training and have limited privileges and responsibilities.
Only after satisfactorily completing their training are they allowed to work as a doctor.
Secondly, the training of housemen, including duration of duty, should be decided by technocrats and professionals and not by the public or politicians.
This is because, as with other professions, fellow professionals will know best the requirements to develop the skills, knowledge and attitude to enter the realm of unsupervised practice of medicine.
Let me give a background information about housemanship training, which involves not just cognitive and psychomotor skills development, but also requires exposure to situations and extremes. The American Graduate Medical Education's statement reinforces this point: "Residency is an essential dimension of the transformation of the medical student to the independent practitioner along the continuum of medical education. It is physically, emotionally and intellectually demanding, and requires longitudinally-concentrated effort on the part of the resident."
This form of training is best summed up as "experiential learning".
It means that learning and development are achieved through experience and involvement, by observation, listening, study of theory, or some other transfer of skills or knowledge.
In short, the training of doctors from students to housemen to doctors is a complicated process and should not be discussed publicly.
An analogy would be the training of airline pilots: the training hours or training conditions are debated by the public because it is considered a complex subject.
If I may boldly say, the training of doctors is far more complicated with more complex variables.
Thirdly, the negative implication of such comments is that it encourages housemen to work according to a fixed schedule, which is against the spirit of experiential learning.
..The guidelines from the Health Ministry on housemen training serve only as an assist, which is what guidelines are supposed to do, but this is poorly understood by many people. This reinforces the fact that training is best decided by professionals, especially those working at that particular place..."

You can read the full article HERE.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Card Collection (4)

Please join me in welcoming the new card members:
Upper row (From left): Aristocrat (Red & Blue), Guardians v2, Sentinels;
Lower row (From left): Charity:water, Monarch, Steampunk, DeckONE.

(Pic from Theory11)

This deck worths special mentioning. If you read my previous posts, I wrote about charity:water and how it brings clean and safe water to millions of people. I'm glad that now it's in collaboration with Theory11 and produces high-quality playing cards - to raise fund for charity and I think it's a great idea!

I love the cards a lot. The handling is as good as other fine playing cards, and somehow I feel it's environmentally friendly too;)

The Steampunk is one of the latest products. It looks great and you should see the trailer - it's gorgeous! (on the eyes of cardicians - ha!)


Isn't it just cool?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Interesting Imaging (5)

A 50 year-old lady with unremarkable past medical history, presented with increasing abdominal distension for 3 weeks, associated with lower limbs swelling.

CT of abdomen showed..hmm..where are all the abdominal organs? Diagnosis?

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Good Read - Top 10 Reason Why You Should Not Go to Medical School

Came across this article on FB, which was originally from UncommonStudentMD blog. Gosh I must say I really enjoy reading it. The bitter true facts are well-described, and it's just very funny and entertaining throughout. Look at the top 10 Reasons:

1. You will lose all the friends you had before medicine;
2. You will have difficulty sustaining a relationship during training;
3. You will spend the best years of your life as a sleep-deprived, underpaid slave;
4. You will get yourself a job of dubious remuneration;
5. You will have a job of exceptionally high liability exposure;
6. You will endanger your health and long-term well-being;
7. You will not have time to care for patients as well as you want to;
8. You will start to dislike patients - and by extension, people in general;
9. People who do not even know you will start to dislike you;
10. You're not helping people nearly as much as you think.

Well to be fair, of course this is not applicable to every single person but most will experience it at some point of time along the long journey.

Read the full article THERE now! (Trust me, it's stress-relieving!)

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Interesting Imaging (4)

A 60 year-old man with diabetes and hyertension, presented with painless obstructive jaundice. He also has occasional dyspepsia in the past 1 month, and noted weight loss. A MRCP was done, and Radiologist called up and told that there was "interesting finding" (circled).

What is the diagnosis?

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