Sunday, July 26, 2015

top three [07.26.2015]

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  • I found this article about pathologists fascinating. Pathology is still something I'm considering going in to (as well as EM, OB, peds, and just about everything else...), so it's interesting seeing one small part of it. 
  • Moyamoya disease is a congenital disorder that causes a blockage of the vessels in the brain that can lead to recurrent "mini-strokes". The blockages causes collateral circulation to develop around the arteries. The name moyamoya comes from the Japanese term "puff of smoke" because of how this condition looks on angiographs
  • I used to be a nanny for a 5 year old whose dad was a vascular surgeon. At that time, I didn't really understand how anyone could operate on capillaries. Clearly, I've wised up a bit since then as most vascular surgeries are obviously on the larger vessels in the body. I actually watched several more routine vascular surgeries this week and it was so impressive to see a doctor dissect away at an artery and connect it to a vein to create an AV fistula to be used for dialysis. The amount of hand control that takes is seriously insane. 

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  • My four weeks of general surgery are over. It was kind of a rough go for a while, but the last two days were actually really great. We were really involved, got to see our own patients, and got to do more in the ORs. I can totally see why people go into surgery, but I know that I couldn't do that residency for that long. Now I have four weeks of ENT surgery, which is going to be a completely different experience because there aren't any residents and there is a lot more clinic time. It also means I don't have to get up at 3:30 AM anymore ;)
  • This weekend my BFF Caitlin and her dog Piper came to visit us. We went out in Pittsburgh with two of our friends, and spent the weekend eating donuts, going on long walks, and cooking meals together. I really wish that my girlfriends lived closer so we got more time together :(
  • I have a mini break at the end of next week, so CR and I (and the dogs) are headed to Wisconsin for a few days. I haven't been home in over a year, so I'm so excited to see my family, friends, and eat allllllll the Wisconsin cheese.