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  • Documentation: Not Like It Was in the Classroom

    One of the first courses you take in PA school deals with documentation. This is the product of a thorough history and physical. What you write down communicates what the patient offers up, what you found, and your diagnosis and plan of action. Anyone should be able to look at your note and be able to relive the same encounter you had with the ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on December 5, 2011
  • More on Mind Mapping and Medicine

    In my last blog post I discussed using mind mapping software for medical topics such as anatomy and physiology. I highlighted a product called MindNode Pro that I started using a few weeks ago. It's a powerful and inexpensive tool that allow users to quickly take concepts and lay them out in an easy to understand format. My anatomy and ...
    Posted to Scalpel: Technology @ the Edge of Medicine (Weblog) on November 5, 2010
  • MS Windows Reports to the ER … as a Patient

    I’ve been working on my Microsoft Windows laptop, a relative rarity given that I have essentially converted over all of my items to the Apple Mac platform. However, I had an old document that Apple Pages didn’t seem to like, so I cracked open my ancient Windows laptop. After my initial period of typical slow-to-boot, quick-to-crash Windows ...
    Posted to Scalpel: Technology @ the Edge of Medicine (Weblog) on September 17, 2010
  • iPad Helps Those With Medical Disabilities

    One of my family members and also one of my best friends are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It’s sad. The disease has robbed them of so many abilities that we all perform daily without even thinking about it. My friend, who is one of the kindest and smartest people I know, is also a brilliant engineer, scientist and accomplished author. The ...
  • iPhone 4: The New Revolution!

    Well, it’s almost here, and if you can find one, you will have an amazing new device. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the new iPhone 4. Many of you with the current 3GS model may be wondering about the differences between the models. So, let me give you a quick summary in the table at the bottom of this post. To me, here are the mind-blowing ...
  • Keeping an Eye on Your Money

    My phone rang this week and it was one of the doctors I work with. He said, “Joe, I have stock XYZ (not the actual stock symbol, of course), should I keep it or sell it?” I said, “Sell it. That stock is a nightmare. Consider redirecting your cash to …” It’s getting more common for me to answer as many finance and stock questions as medical ...
  • Medical Pictures to Captivate Your Audience

    Last week I told you about a great Web site, http://dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu/derm/, that will really help when you are stumped with a dermatology condition and need a little help. Now imagine that you just saw a skin disorder (for example, pyoderma gangrenosum) and are asked to give a presentation on the topic at grand rounds next week. You want ...
  • Reaching for Medical Information: ReachMD on XM Radio

    No matter what I do, I seem like I'm always on the run. Balancing work, teaching, writing, running to my daughter's softball games, working out and tackling the long laundry list of daily activities provides little time for anything else. Finding a few minutes to refresh my knowledge of a medical topic is a difficult task. Or it was, until ...
  • What's This Rash?

    I have tremendous respect for my PA and NP colleagues in dermatology. With eyes as skilled as Picasso's, they have the horribly difficult job of identifying literally thousands of skin conditions, ranging from benign to deadly. Dermatology confuses me. It must me my engineering background. I'm more comfortable with mathematical equations and ...
  • To Epocrates or Not to Epocrates?

    I'm confused. I've been using Epocrates Essentials for two years now, and I love the program. The ability to look up diseases, medications, lab tests, tables and more has made this an invaluable tool in the clinical setting. Then, a few months ago, I downloaded Medscape from WebMD on my iPhone. One striking difference between the two programs is ...
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