Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Was Darwin Wrong?

Read the National Geopgraphic article "Was Darwin Wrong?" What's your overall reaction to the article?
Check your email accounts for a download of specific questions. Answer them as you read along. Typed responses are due on Friday Sept 17.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Are you connected to the BIOBLOG?!

Hey there, send a little note telling me and your classmates something about yourself.
Me? I'm obsessed with playing the guitar!

Monday, May 24, 2010

After Reading Chapters 18,19,20 & 21

1.) At the private hospital on Long Island, the attending surgeons Loudon, Grove and Steele each had different “styles” of teaching young residents the art of surgical technique. What “style” did each have? Whose style do you think was most effective? Why?

2.) Dr. Nolen describes various medical errors that are made by surgeons as they learn their craft. Choose one example, describe it and then discuss who is ultimately responsible – the hospital, the Chief Resident, the Attending Surgeon, the Intern?

Monday, May 17, 2010

After Reading Chapters 16 & 17


This one's a bit tough - Dr. Nolen describes treating terminally ill patients and that "a surgeon is reluctant to 'pull the plug'? As recently as 2005 with the "Terry Schiavo" case, how to address the dying is something most of us are reluctant to deal with. If you were the attending surgeon would you be comfortable "playing God"? If you were a family member of a terminally ill patient, what would you do?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

After Reading Chapters 13, 14 & 15

At the private hospital on Long Island, the attending surgeons Loudon, Grove and Steele each had different “styles” of teaching young residents the art of surgical technique. What “style” did each have? Whose style do you think was most effective? Why?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MOAS - after reading Chapters 10, 11 & 12

What do you think of the Making of a Surgeon so far? Do you think this is an effective way to train surgeons? What would you do differently if you were in charge of medical school education?

Monday, April 19, 2010

MOAS - after reading Chapters 7,8 & 9



1.) Describe the composition and functions of blood. Why is monitoring blood and blood pressure so crucial to maintaining a patients course of treatment?

2.) What type of information is gained from an autopsy? An autopsy involved cutting open the patient and removing and studying several organs. Would you give permission to have a deceased family member autopsied by the medical staff? Why? Why not?

Monday, April 12, 2010

MOAS - after reading Chapters 4,5 & 6


What is meant by the term “differential diagnosis?” What is the benefit/drawback of this term?

Monday, March 15, 2010

MOAS - after reading Chapters 2 & 3


Respond to these two questions by Friday March 26:

1.) Do you think Dr. Nolen should have asked the Attending Physician for more help during his first appendectomy operation? Why? Why not?

2.) Dr. Nolen describes treating wealthy patients differently than poor, indigent, alcoholic ones. This is a problem with our health care system. What do you think could remedy this situation so that all patients are treating fairly and equally?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Making of a Surgeon

From "Making of a Surgeon" - You need at least 1 response to receive credit for blogging - ideally you can respond to other posts and create a dialog with your classmates.

Would you have chosen a hospital similar to Bellevue or a “white-tower” hospital in the suburbs?