Friday, May 13, 2016

UMHS Offering New History of Medicine Elective

UMHS will now be offering an elective course called the History of Medicine [MICM 0991] with Dr Michael Doherty. There will be 5 total lectures, one hour each, held in the campus auditorium beginning at 11:30 on each of the following Tuesdays: May 24, June 14 & 21, July 12 & 19, 2016.

Applying for residency is very competitive; it is important to have extracurricular/volunteer activities on your resume. Those can be club activities, health fairs, elective courses, and so forth. It’s something you all should consider. The History of Medicine elective is a good choice; it’s relevant, goes on your transcript, and you’re on campus anyway.

Why is this kid from 1958 going to see the butcher for a black eye?...

There is no fee for the course, and the only requirement for receiving credit is by attending all 5 sessions. If interested, please email Dr Doherty.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Diagnosing Death

No doubt many of you have heard the odd 'ghost story' involving nail scratch marks discovered on the inside lids of long occupied coffins. It seems when you are dead, you still may not have died yet? Now you can look to BBC's Health reporter, Anna-Marie Lever for incite into what may seem to those outside the medical profession or to even our novice medical students at UMHS, as probably the simplest diagnosis for a physician to make ~ diagnosing death. The article entitled "How easy is it to diagnose death?" (BBC-Health column) questions that assumption.

The report cites various cases where patients were mistakenly declared dead or appear to have regained life, sometimes referred to as the "Lazarus Syndrome". The question warrants further examination, especial by those students studying medical ethics this semester, as one quickly realizes the enormity of the medical, ethical and legal implications of a misdiagnosis of death!
"Dr Daniel Sokol, a barrister and medical ethicist at Imperial College London, said: "The implications of confirming a person dead are enormous, and hence doctors have an ethical obligation to ensure that they 'diagnose' death with due care and skill."
Note the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) provides this definition:
§ 1. [Determination of Death]. An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.

Read the full article posted this morning (October 17, 2012) online at BBC News - Health.

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