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Clinical Tutorials, Teaching & Learning in Medicine: That Old Krebs Cycle, with Singing

I apologize for the lack of blog-posts this month… it’s been pretty busy around here.

Today’s post is about metabolic pathways, which the first-year students are deep into studying this month. Here is a link to a pretty illustration which was found on Wikipedia:

Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Metabolic_pathways – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Each year in PBL, I struggle to re-remember facts about biochemistry, cellular signaling and metabolism including steps in the Krebs cycle*. (Why? Because I never took biochemistry.) Two years ago, I found the illustration below so useful that I decided to post it on the blog for the second time!

Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krebs_cycle – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Next, a small joke: WWSD (or, what would Setlow do)? He could sing along to this Krebs Cycle song, found on ScienceGroove.com.

Image Source: http://www.science-groove.org/Now/Krebs.html – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Publisher McGraw-Hill has placed some content from their textbook Anatomy & Physiology (7th edition) online for free, including this tutorial and quiz titled “How the Krebs Cycle Works“.  After you take the quiz, relax by working a few of their Crossword Puzzles:

Image Source:  http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072507470/student_view0/chapter25/crossword_puzzles.html – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Salman Khan founded a non-profit group, The Khan Academy, with the goal of providing high quality free online educational materials to anyone in the world.  This year, their collection of videos about Science, Math, Humanities, History, Finance and other academic subjects has grown to 1,800. A 10-minute video describing the educational content is here: Khan Academy.

Found on their ScienceBiology category: a 13-minute lecture describing the ATP (adenosine-triphosphate) process.


On YouTube, author Faxe14011991 has posted this series of short animations/tutorials on cellular mechanisms, each of which is less than two minutes in length:


Finally, a video found on YouTube called Cellular Respiration (hey there Delilah)

Image Source: http://YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


* Dr. Krebs was a Nobel Prize laureate.  Read the following text, found on the nobelprize.org page: ” The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1953 was divided equally between Hans Adolf Krebs for his discovery of the citric acid cycle, and Fritz Albert Lipmann for his discovery of co-enzyme A and its importance for intermediary metabolism.

The Friday Post #52: Medical Students, Video: Tips on How to Survive Medical School

Welcome back, everyone!  This is the Friday Post #52 for Aug 27, 2010.

The area in the pink box (below) has been the focus of instructional activities this week:

Image source: http://library.uchc.edu – All rights reserved – copyright 2010

August is a challenging month for academic reference librarians.  This week at UCHC, an interactive instructional session for first year medical and dental students (140 of them) was our main event. In 2009, the reference librarians presented a mock PBL case, written with a fourth year student who narrated the case while the librarians linked to the databases on the overhead screen in one of the large teaching auditoriums.  As each clinical scenario was described in the case, librarians linked into an assortment of resources.

This year, the 90-minute instructional session was more interactive. Everyone was handed an electronic clicker (aka audience response system) to use to respond to our librarian-questions which were interspersed between live demonstrations of PubMed, Lexi-Comp, 3-D Tooth Atlas, ADAM (Interactive Anatomy) and others.

Their new laptops also came in handy as the students quickly tried a “test run” on each of the resources. The live interactive feedback from this group was something new to try in 2010, and it was both fun and instructive. Although perhaps next year we will skip the video procedure showing the skin punch biopsy… when it is projected onto a 24 ft. square overhead, it’s just way too graphic for the first week of medical school (LOL).


The Girl with the Blue Stethoscope (a fourth-year medical student and blogger from Australia) began a series in July 2010 titled “How to Survive Medical School.  For the members of the Class of 2014 this should be pretty much essential reading.

Her first installment was “How To Survive Medical School Part 1: Friends“.  The second installment:  How To Survive Medical School Part 2: Ask For Help. Thank you, Girl with the Blue Stethoscope… I’m looking forward to the next installment!


Then this: Tufts University medical students raise the bar with this video for – and about – first year medical students called 99 Problems til First Years Done!

Video source: http://youtube.com – All rights reserved – copyright 2010


That’s the Friday Post #52 for Aug 27, 2010, folks.  Enjoy a summer weekend!

Public Health, Medically Underserved in Connecticut, UCHC Students, News: Migrant Health Workers Clinic

It’s a measure of how behind at work I am, that I missed posting the following article during Public Health Week (April 5-11 2010) and – yikes – also forgot that last week was officially National Library Week as declared by the American Library Association Sorry!

This post describes a unique public service and community outreach effort provided by individuals who volunteer their clinical services to staff the Migrant Health Workers Clinic (MHWC), a medical-dental clinic for seasonal farm-workers in Connecticut.

This traveling health clinic was founded in 1997 by UCHC professor Dr. Bruce Gould (shown in the photo below with two patients at a clinic in 2008):

Photo Credit:  http://publichealth.uconn.edu/aboutus_mfwc.php – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


Here is are some facts and background about the mission of the Migrant Health Workers Clinic:

Migrant farm workers are among the most economically disadvantaged and most medically vulnerable groups in the United States having little, if any, access to health care or medication. In addition to barriers to access to health care that many citizens meet like affordable health insurance, language barriers, and lack of transportation, migrant workers also experience additional barriers such as fear of deportation, loss or garnished wages, and being dismissed or not invited back to work by the employer due to missed work or health issues.  A coalition of local organizations, along with the University of Connecticut, has formed a network to overcome these barriers and attend to the health care needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers. “

The UConn Migrant Farm Worker Clinic opened its doors in 1997, with the aid of the Connecticut Area Health Education Program (CT-AHEC).… the clinic operates annually from June to October offering diagnostic and treatment options [to workers] for a variety of conditions, both acute and chronic, including primary care screenings, oral health screenings, distribution of medications for mild and self-limiting conditions, as well as preventive health education“.

Text Source: http://publichealth.uconn.edu/aboutus_mfwc.php – All right reserved – Copyright 2010


Click here to view a list of health or social services agencies and non-profit organizations from throughout Connecticut that contribute funding, advisory services and personnel to staff the rotating schedule.

Many students from the University who are enrolled in professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology or nursing volunteer at the MHWC; some have chosen to participate in the Urban Service Track.

There is a special need for volunteers who are native Spanish speakers.  For those graduate students interested in primary care – as well as developing their (medical) Spanish language skills – it is an excellent opportunity to practice hands-on health care, advising and counseling.

Next, a 2-minute video filmed in 2008, narrated by a UCHC medical student which shows a typical visit with patients at the end of their workday, held at a local farm:  click here to watch.

Image Source: http://publichealth.uconn.edu/images/MFWC_video/index.html – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


Open a schedule showing 2009 locations in Connecticut where the medical and dental Migrant Health Worker Clinics were held (PDF file).


This week on the Public Health @ UConn Facebook page, the following announcement was posted (Apr 15 2010):  “The 11th Annual UConn Migrant Farm Worker Clinic Symposium will be held on Tuesday, June 29th from 8:30-2:30 at the UConn Health Center in Massey Auditorium…  Students – Mark Your Calendars!

If you’re interested in keeping up-to-date with public health/service program announcements about activities at UConn Storrs or UConn Health Center, become a friend of Public Health@ UConn.

There is also a Learning Community in Public Health for undergraduates at Storrs campus. A recent newsletter from that group can be opened here

The Friday Post #45: Hapless Medical Student, StoryBird and Moonbows

This is the Friday Post #45 for Jan 22 2010.

First, thanks to Educational Origami (a favorite blog/wikis for educational and instructional ideas) for the link to StoryBird where you can sign up to create your own story, or collaborate with others to create a shared story.  The artwork is fabulous!


Very cool


Next: A Day in the Life of a 3rd Year Medical Student who essentially can’t do much of anything right.

Source Credit:  Youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Finally:  Take a moment and watch this amazing Time-Elapsed Moonbow

Source Credit:  Youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

That’s the Friday Post #45, folks.  Enjoy your weekend!

The Friday Post #42: Fact Generator, Opt Out Village and She’s a Gunner

Here’s The Friday Post #44 for Nov 20 2009.

Found on Mental Floss.com, take a look at The Amazing Fact Generator:

Image Credit: http://www.mentalfloss.com/amazingfactgenerator/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Have you heard about Google’s Opt-Out Privacy Feature?

Image Credit: Courtesy of The Onion at http://bit.ly/39R9Nn – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

Watch this video by staff from The Onion as they explain what will happen to those few humans who choose to live in the Google Opt-Out Village. It’s not a pretty place.


The Med School Gunner Song

They’re awesome!

Medical students from the University of Arizona (Class of 2012) made this funny video as part of the orientation for the incoming Class of 2013.  Wow – the library stacks have a starring role, too.  Bravo, ladies!


That’s the Friday Post #42, folks.  Good luck on the upcoming exam!

The Friday Post #41: Three Videos… Sesame Street, Flutes and Pancakes

Happy Birthday to Sesame Street which this week celebrates its 40th season on PBS!   Here’s a video by beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo playing the theme song:

Video Credit: Courtesy of YouTube.com and Greg Patillo – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Sesame Street is full of interesting characters. The Yip Yips (Martian visitors) are two of my favorites.  Here’s a classic segment as they discover what a Radio does:

Video Credit: Courtesy of Sesame Street – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Finally… with multiple exams looming for the first-year medical students, it seems an apt moment to link to a classic medical student video called “Pancakes Every Day“:

Video: Courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ZfMbagBxI – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


That’s the Friday Post #41 for Nov 6 2009, folks!   Enjoy your weekend.

The Friday Post #40: Pumpkins, Halloween Art, Medical Student Video and a Calculator

Happy Halloween!

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which is really fine, it means that party-goers won’t be forced to drag themselves to the lecture hall at 8:00am the next day.  And, even better, October 31 is the start of Daylight Savings Time in the U.S. which means one added hour to sleep in!

First off:  If a party is in your plans for Friday or  Saturday night, you might want to bookmark this link: EtOH calculator.


.Next, innovative ways to kill a pumpkin:


This group of good-looking skeletons inhabit the exhibit on Extreme Art (x-rays) by British photographer Nick Veasey (found on Newsday (Oct 6 2009).


How Hallowenish:  A Dying Doll. No thanks.


Finally… A rap by University of Connecticut medical students, filmed for their UCHC Gong Show 2009.  Who knew there was so much talent in this building!

Note the shots of the library in the background!


That’s the Happy Halloween Friday Post, folks.  Have a scary and safe weekend!

The Friday Post #37: A Cartoon, Visualize your Persona and a Favorite Med Student Video

A timely cartoon from PhDcomics.com called “Brain on a Stick


Source/Credit: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1126 – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Next: Professors may see you as a brain on a stick, but how does the Internet see you?

Personas, a specialized data-mining/visualization software program from designers at MIT, attempts to answer that question by scouring the web to collect groups of information on specific named person and then builds it into a graphical “fabric” constructed of the parts of that person’s online presence.

How does it work? Following is an excerpt from the Personas About page:

It is fascinating to watch Personas work to build this collection of an individual’s online presence.  It takes a few minutes.  The timeline is beautifully-rendered.

However, having said that it’s beautiful to watch it work, I ask you to consider how the technology should alert one’s “caution” button.   Meaning, lend some consideration about the depth of pertinent as well as random facts that Google and other search engines have collected about “you” over the years.  If that information available in public domains about “you” is incorrect, or God forbid, you share the identical name with a notorius or criminal person, what recourse would “you” have to delete or rewrite that data?  There is a long, long trail of information connected to “you”… one tool to evaluate that information is Personas.

Here’s a small question: How is the name of the site pronounced — as personas or Person As?


Next: a Favorite Medical Student Video

Yes, I have posted about this before, but I enjoy seeing it from time to time.   Bravo to a group of medical students (Class of 2010) from the University of Alberta who filmed Diagnosis Wenckebach:


And that’s the Friday Post for Sept 18, 2009, folks. Enjoy your weekend!

Congratulations to Our Graduates: UCHC Class of 2009

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the
UCHC Medical, Dental and PhD Students

Class of 2009

You’ve worked hard.

Graduation Day is Sunday, May 17, 2009!



Here is what one medical student did to get rid of his short white coat:

The Friday Post #28: Economics, Wordle, Cephalopods and an Emergency Room Rap

Here’s the Friday Post #28 for Feb 28 2009.  There’s enough doom-and-gloom, and down economic news from all around the world this week to make you want to cry.  Bah! So turn the TV off.

Wired reporter Felix Salmon published an article on Feb 23 2009 entitled “Recipe for Disaster: The Formula that Killed Wall Street“.

Here’s a Wordle tag cloud based on words taken from a recent news article from BBC:


Photo/Source: http://www.wordle.net – Copyright 2009 – All Rights Reserved


Let’s cheer up with an XKCD cartoon about my favorite marine animals… Cephalopods!


Photo Credit: http://xkcd.com/520/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Sing along to the Emergency Department Rap


That’s the Friday Post for Feb 28 2009, folks!  Have a great weekend!