Sunday, January 15, 2012

Megatron and Emergency Medicine

We have our first and most heavily weighted test for IDIT on Tuesday.  Luckily, MLK gave us Monday off.   The class leans heavily toward bacteria with only an hour dedicated to protazoa, fungi, and worms.  It is difficult to come up with cool real life applications for drugs and microbes like I did for anatomy.  I consider sword swallowing, foot binding, high heels, and screw-drivers cool real life applications in anatomy.  Knowing that Candida albicans causes yeast infections in women and diaper rash on babies only has limited appeal.  Knowing that biceps brachii functions to flex the forearm only when the hand is supinated (the reason curl-ups are easier than pull-ups) and that it is a powerful supinator (the reason why the threads of screws are designed to turn the way they do into wood) is more interesting to learn about and probably more interesting for you to read about. 

We have a professor from I don't know where, but his last name has 16 letters in it and it's pronounced  like....Megatron.  As in, "All hail Megatron!"  

Dr. Megatron
I've been thinking quite a bit about residencies and what I want to specialize in.  Gifted Hands (Dr. Ben Carson), Magnificent Obsession (Lloyd C. Douglas), and also television shows like Body of Proof indicate that quite a few people think of neurosurgery as the pinnacle of medicine.  I did love my neuroscience classes in undergrad and I'm excited for the upcoming neuroanatomy class we start in February, but the aspects that I like seem to be more radiology related than surgery related.  Vocology is a sub-specialty offshoot of otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) that deals with singers, public speakers, and vocal health.  Vocology sounds interesting because I'd be able to keep a potential summer home in the music world.  Physiatry is an area of physical therapy that helps people become as functional and pain-free as possible.  Most of what we do with osteopathic manipulation helps restore function to joints and relieve pain.  So far we have been trained to treat basic head-aches, neck, back, and shoulder pain - all without meds or expensive diagnostic equipment.

The following gem is a quote from a science fiction author contemporaneous with Isaac Asimov.

-A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Sounds like emergency medicine is the winner.  I can do 8 of those 21.

1 comment:

  1. loved your little quote at the end of this post.... I really enjoyed volunteering in the ER. :-)