By the look from the title above, you might think that I’m gonna discuss about certain brand of shampoo, I presume. No, it’s not it. :)
“Rejoiced!” is the first word that occurs to me when I first realize my feelings about my newly-designed tumblr blog. Yes, I felt rejoiced. Rejuvenated. Whatever you may call it.
The idea of changing the design itself was born when I mused as I tumblewalk (if only such word does exist) my own tumblr account. I came to a conscience in which I found that I merely concerned about my cups of tea (poetry, wordsmith, wordplay, design) and wrote about them without paying any attention towards my profession as a doctor. I admit that I seldom, if not never, write about health issues and other things like that. It seems that I unconsciously deny my fate.
Well, “what kind of man who denies his own fate?”, I said to myself. It sounds so atheistic and pathetic. I don’t wanna be one of those people who keep themselves busy finding excuses so that they don’t have to fulfill their own destiny. To me, there is no fate but what we make (as Sarah Connor might say). And denying that fate of ours is nothing but the same as denying our existence.
Quite complicated right?
Well, long story short, I decided to re-design my tumblr in order to accomplish one goal: to give more room for myself to explore my own profession, my world as a doctor, and even better, if I must, to educate people about the intangible importance of being healthy.
To reach that goal, I set up some mission in form of ‘tagged pages’. For those who doesn’t know about “tagged pages” should read about it first here. By using this facility, I manage to have several new pages namely “Ward Round”, “Morning Report”, “Emergency Room”, and “Coffee Break”. “What is it all about?”, you may ask. Allow me to explain, then.
“Ward Round” is a collection of cases an attending physicians or interns might find in the ward during their daytime work. Each case will begin as a case illustration that consists of short history taking, relevant physical examinations, and laboratory findings. Afterwards, a discussion follows. The topic of discussion will mainly focus on differential diagnosis and diagnostic work up of the case. I choose this strategy as the mainframe of this tagged page since I have observed that during my clerkship in the ward, I used to have sufficient amount of time to think about the differential diagnosis of my patients. Therefore, I somewhat try to put the practice of critical thinking in working with the differentials to solve one’s problem.
“Morning Report”. Well, who never had one? The thrills of your heartbeats during the critical moments of your presentation. The chills running through your fingers and feet as the questions flow from your scariest senior consultant. Don’t you miss that? :) To recall those memories, I present you “Morning Report”: a collection of cases an attending physicians or interns find during their period of night duty. Each case will begin as a case illustration similar to that of “Ward Round”. However, the mainframe of discussion differs. After each thorough case illustration, there will be challenging questions as your senior supervisors might ask in medschool. And, for each question, I will try to answer with a cutting edge knowledge as they might expect. Isn’t it challenging? :D
“Emergency Room” is a well documented real cases I manage during my work in emergency room. For some ethical reasons, of course the gender and other related information is changed. But, I hope it won’t change the essence of learning I would like to propose in this section. Here, we will see a short case illustration followed by a simple question that one must answer prior to conducting the next step of diagnosis. For example, I will only reveal the chief complaint of the patient and several physical examination data and then I will ask a question about the differential diagnoses one might consider in the light of the data provided.
And the last tagged page is “Coffee Break”. As you might expect, it consists of other trivial things that is medically-related or not. But one thing is for sure, you don’t have to think hard about it. It may come as a medical joke, a high-end medical technique, or even simple things in life that never comes to our mind.
I hope it can be a means to motivate ourselves to be a smarter physicians and help others to create a better way to lead a healthier life.
And, uh, about my previous posts… I’ll figure something out to keep the records. Let me do the worries. :)