EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

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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 #38: Strange Posts, Sleepy Chickens and Strange Sports

This is the Friday Post #38 for October 2 2009.

Strange?  Define Strange.

As a blog-administrator I get to filter all comments to the page before they are displayed publically.  The majority of the spam is deleted by myself or caught by Askimet, the utility in WordPress that takes care of that function.

On Tuesday, Sept 29 there was a link in my Comments section referring to a post I’d written earlier this week about LigerCat, a new PubMed search tool.  The in-coming link looked like this (screenshot shown below):



Image credit: http://www.wordpress.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Intrigued, I clicked on the address of the referring page and below is a screenshot of their synopsis of what I wrote:


PubMed Poke Apparatus grown in 2009?  Heaven help us all

Image credit: http://tiny.cc/I78dS – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Cartoonist Doug Savage writes a blog called Savage Chickens and invented the term “sleepworking” with this post from Aug 28 2008:


Photo credit: http://www.savagechickens.com/2008/08 – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


These videos come with a couple of caveats: Don’t try this at home. Some activities could result in serious bodily injury. Never jump off a roof, no matter what your friends say to you.  In questionable taste.

Getting hit in the eye by a pair of flying sunglasses would be no laughing matter.  These videos should remind us that there is, and will always be, a need for a new generation of Emergency Medicine physicians due in part to the poor coordination (or questionable judgment) of young people when it comes to acting like daredevils on (or with) sports equipment.

However, the young men in question have obviously practiced their sports often, are well-trained in them, and (admit it) it is creepily fascinating to observe their accuracy.

.First:  Sunglasses Catching

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-prfAENSh2k All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Second:  Pants Jumping

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pShf2VuAu_Q All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Last:  Laptop Catching is so out of the scope of this blog, I’m not even going to post the URL for it.  You can find it on your own.


And that’s the Friday Post #38 for Oct 2 2009, folks.  Have a restful, enjoyable weekend!

The Friday Post #25: Build-A-Squid, Outside Hospital and Exercise Fail

Here’s the Friday Post #25 for Jan 23 2009.

I’m always happy to write about Cephalopods which are some of the most interesting animals in the world (see several previous posts about them).  Recently I found a great interactive/ educational game for children called Build A Squid! The game is at: http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/build-a-squid/interactive, courtesy of the Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand.

Note: Remember what you name your squid, as you can re-visit the site and see what he/she has been up to since the last time you checked in.  Here’s mine, named Rudy:.


Image Source/Credit: http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/build-a-squid/interactive – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009



Definitely you do not want to be treated by these medical students describing services at Outside Hospital:



Thanks to the FailBlog.com for this post, named Jumping Jacks Fail.  It’s just goofy:

That’s the Friday Post – Have a Good Weekend!

Lucky Friday the #13th Post: A First Birthday for the EBM & Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC Blog!

This blog turns 1 year old today

A birthday wish?

Keep those comments coming… Your kind words Make a Blogger’s Day

Image credit: Courtesy of Imagechef.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2008


When this blog got started on Jul 25 2007, there were a few things I hadn’t anticipated about jumping with both feet into the Social Media ocean. I would like to thank publicly and recognize some real life folks who have answered questions, patiently explained things and told me I could do this Web 2.0 stuff, over the past 12 months: Bertalan Mesko (his blog is Scienceroll), David Rothman (his blog), Steve Chan, radiologist and chief RadRounds blogger and Surfactant whose beautiful images have inspired me to post ever more radiology and Emerging Technologies Librarian and educator par excellence, P. F. Anderson. Your advice has meant a great deal to a newbie.

So… 18,949 hits, 212 posts, 26 categories, 108 comments and 14,142 spams later here are a few things I think I learned:

~ Pre-Blog: Del.icio.us is a what ? Now: Many people are much better at meta-tagging than I am, and all of us can view their hand-picked sites. (I am KerC on del.icio.us). Thank you for sharing all that work.

~ Pre-Blog: Didn’t use RSS readers such as Bloglines or Google Reader to ‘collect’ blogs of professional or personal interest. Now: It is a most convenient way to see what others are buzzing about online, check out trends, read about who is covering what. Visit the account weekly.

~ Pre-Blog: YouTube is a source of entertainment. Now: Recognize that it is an essential reference source. Where else could I find all those medical student videos?

~ Pre-Blog: Little use or interest in virtual environments such as Second Life. Now: Realize that a great deal of quality learning and instruction can take place in virtual environments, which represent a democratic, efficient, equalized way to distribute information or share knowledge regardless of physical location, geography, socioeconomic status, level of education or physical limitations.

Your online avatar can be studious, a hottie, alien-like or otherwordly. Flying as a means of transportation is highly recommended. A medical student in California can participate in the same real-time Second Life learning forum as others in Hungary, Korea or Iceland. Participation in Second Life can be free, or for a nominal charge in Linden dollars, or you can spend bundles of money buying land or dressing up. Second Life opens your eyes to possibilities not possible in an analog world. Now how cool is that!?

~ Pre-Blog: Never had to fight with my family members over who is using the Mac at home. Now: We use a lottery system… and then fight over whose turn it is to use the computer.

~ Pre-Blog: Friends are people you see often, talk on the phone with, go over to their house. Now: Have never met (in the face-to-face sense) people with whom I communicate often about technical blogging issues, ideas, conferences, subject/content for clinical use, etc. We may never be together in one room… but we’re still friends!

~ Pre-Blog: Had one email account, one password and checked it daily. Now: Bought a binder to keep all those various online accounts, emails and passwords up to date. Online persona is multiplying. If this account/passwords binder ever went astray… total meltdown.

~ Pre-Blog: Writing a Blog? Piece of cake! A no-brainer. Now: Everything looks simple from far away (to paraphrase a song). Being a gatherer of facts, a writer, an editor, a fact-checker, a punctuation-ist, primitive HTML-coder, digital illustrator and self critic is actually quite a daily challenge – but also highly educational. It forces one to become a critical analyzer of the information overload. If you’ve read this far, I hope you (the reader) would agree that I’ve learned something about assembling, packaging and presenting material for others’ intellectual “consumption” over the past 12 months. Some of those early posts look primitive.

~ Pre-Blog: Blogging is easy. Now: Nope, blogging is not easy. It is time-consuming. Staring at a screen for hours daily wears on your vision. People who blog begin to look at events and habits in their professional or personal life as potential material for blogging about and that is scary. Have wireless at work, now need wireless at home. Cat gets lonely, gardens neglected. And Forget about cooking.


Thank you for reading this blog.

And to finish up…when you’re a Blogger, every day is a Brand New Day !

The Friday Post #11: We Tell Stories, Truemors, Panoramio, Medical Student blog and video

Trying to describe the site from Penquin Books, We Tell Stories, is difficult. Digital Fiction? Illustrated by Google Maps?  The method could be one of multiple means of delivery for books read for pleasure, perhaps. Six stories, six authors, six weeks. Infographical, innovative, entertaining, recommended by this librarian.

Truemors is part truth, part news alerting service, part rumor, part gag joke. Like email, you’ll either love it or hate it. As an example, here’s one recent news item from their Health section.

This month, two friends of mine are running around London (shout out to J and K there!). Trying to locate where Swansea is on a world map led me to the part photo-sharing, part interactive map site, Panoramio, which showed me precisely where the beautiful Welsh towns of Mumbles and Black Pill are located. Nicely done. Click here to view Aberagon, a beach in Swansea.

Blog by a fourth year medical student: Rumors Were True. This guy’s writing is simply brilliant (not a word I use often). I encourage all incoming medical students to spend some time reading what he has lived through, case in point: Grapes and Wine (Jun 12 2008 ). His blog is also where I found the link to a video written for and by medical students entitled Five Pancakes A Day (urrk!) – to Topher, I thank you for the link!



And after you’ve watched that video, you might want to read a recent post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation blog (July 3 2008 ) about a lawsuit over privacy rights and viewing videos on YouTube.

Education, News, Other Stuff: Dr. Deckers and Read

A recent posting on this blog wrote of Dr. Peter Deckers, Dean of the UCHC School of Medicine, who recently and graciously agreed to become the latest celebrity (if that’s the correct term to describe it?) for the READ series of the American Library Association.

The librarians at Lyman Maynard Stowe Library held a reception honoring Dr. Deckers last week (Jun 19 2008), which is when this photo of Dr. Deckers standing next to his READ poster was taken:

Photo credit: University of Connecticut Health Center – all rights reserved – copyright 2008

The Friday Post #10: Alltop, Advice on What to Do, and Things Not to Do

Here’s the Friday Post #10 for June 20, 2008.

Have you heard of Alltop.com? If not, you’ll probably want to bookmark this site which is unique blend of internet directory, RSS feeds or news alerts and part Stumbleupon.com. Here is what Alltop.com says on their About page: ” Think of an Alltop site as a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet… or starting points. We are trying to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and helping you discover sites that you didn’t know existed. In other words, our goal is the “cessation of Internet stagnation” by providing “aggregation without aggravation.”

Here’s two examples by subject: the Alltop Health Page and the Alltop Customer Service Page. Alltop also runs a blog where you can learn what new subject pages have been recently added.


.Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. “

Spoken by author J.K. Rowling about her life and the process of developing her craft of writing during eloquent remarks made as speaker at the 357th Commencement ceremony of Harvard University on June 5 2008. You can download an MP3 file via this link.


Relationships are the new currency in Social Media. In social relationships, we earn the reputation, and the friendships, that we deserve “.

Written by PR/Marketing pro Brian Solis and a quote taken from his excellent presentation, “The Essential Guide to Social Media”, available at this link. Even if you have become weary of hearing the term “Web 2.0” (as some of us have), please view this 20-page slideshow.


Hey, Doc! If you’re thinking about becoming a blogger, first read what Dierdre Kennedy wrote in her article entitled “Doctor Blogs Raise Concerns About Patient Privacy” for a National Public Radio feature dated Mar 13 2008.


And to wrap up this Friday Post: several young men graduated from the Medical School of Washington University in St. Louis… and here’s what one did with his Short White Coat:


Video credit: YouTube.com – all rights reserved – copyright 2008

The Friday Post #9: Resveratrol, UB-40 and Red Red Wine

Summer has officially begun. Unfortunately in Connecticut that has translated in continued rain, chilly winds and gloom for days on end. However, a bit of good news popped up on the news-wires this week with the tentative finding that an ingredient in red wine – resveratrolmay be beneficial to human health and longevity, and even perhaps act as a potential anti-cancer agent (see a sample of citations below).

This edition of the Friday Post is spurred by current news items about a research study published in the open access, peer reviewed journal, PLoS One on June 4 2008. The title is “A Low Dose of Dietary Resveratrol Partially Mimics Caloric Restriction and Retards Aging Parameters in Mice“. Authors: Barger JL, Kayo T, Vann JM, Arias EB, Wang J, et al. Read the full-text at this link: PLoS ONE Volume 3, Issue 6 (June 2008): e2264.

Photo credit: courtesy of Thieme.com – copyright 2008 – all rights reserved



While contemplating the French Paradox, why not treat yourself to a classic accompaniment:

UB 40 sings “Red Red Wine


Video credit: courtesy of YouTube.com



News: Bookmark It! The 2008 Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The Tracking the Care of Patients with Severe Chronic Illness: The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care 2008 has just been made available from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Here is an excerpt from the “About” page:

This edition of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care describes how care for Medicare beneficiaries with serious chronic illness varies across U.S. states, regions and hospitals. The focus is on Medicare beneficiaries who have severe chronic illnesses and are in their last two years of life. The 2008 edition both updates earlier analyses to encompass more recent data and expands the scope to include all sectors of care covered by the Medicare program: acute inpatient hospital care, outpatient services, skilled nursing and long-term hospital care, home health care and hospice…

The Dartmouth Atlas Project studied the records of millions of Medicare enrollees who died from 2001 to 2005 and had at least one of nine severe chronic illnesses. “

Click here for a press release (opens in PDF) which details the methodology and summaries about the current 184-page report.

This is an important source for health care statistics, and it is free to anyone, at: http://www.dartmouthatlas.org/atlases/atlas_series.shtm

I have attached a screenshot of one section of the Atlas: Data Tools

Data Tools - Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care 2008

Photo credit: Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice-copyright 2008-all rights reserved

This morning I did a search on “Medical Care Cost Equation” for 5 hospitals in the state of Connecticut. The results surprised me.

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care is also available in a print version.

Please bookmark this source!

The Friday Post #1: Three Videos for a Long Weekend

Exams are over for awhile. So… since it is a Friday with a following Monday holiday (in the U.S. for Presidents Day), I’ll start a new tradition of occasionally posting non-medical, non-clinical but highly interesting sites, videos or blogs which I’ve found while looking up medical stuff on the Web (because librarians are sticky!).

So here goes with the first Friday Post, a selection of what I’ve found recently – thanks to StumbleUpon and YouTube:

  • Robotics Origami. The final screen shows the scale upon which these robotic devices are working – pretty Wow-zah!
  • The Medical School (Medical Students and The Matrix). I wonder how they filmed this.
  • Medical Students – Scrubin. It may be in poor taste but the faculty look like they’re having fun!