Friday, May 28, 2010

After Finishing MOAS

The Final BLOG Question: 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?

Post a response by Thursday, June 3rd.

Tuesday, May 25, 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?

Respond by Friday, May 29th.

Thursday, May 20, 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?

Post your response by Tuesday, May 25th.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Blood Drive + Medical School

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?

We're having a blood drive on campus next Wednesday. In MOAS, the residents fiercely guard their blood supply...and often had interesting means of keeping their blood bank full. Why was it so important to get people to donate blood? Have you ever donated blood before? How might you encourage your classmates to donate on Wednesday?

Post your response by Tuesday, May 18th.