March 13, 2006

Nice Clinical Calculator.

Posted in Calculators at 8:49 pm by David Theige, MD

The same med student who wrote the post-mortem on the medicine clerkship mentioned in my previous post strikes again! MDCalc is quick access to all those medical calculations that are too painful to memorize, and too useful to ignore. After wasting time hunting through Google results to find the equations I needed, I created this site as a respository.


A student’s view of the medicine clerkship

Posted in Clerkship at 1:28 am by David Theige, MD

over my med body! » Medicine Wrap-Up. A third-year medical student expounds on his experience with the internal medicine clerkship. I must say, his observations have the ring of authenticity. Surveys of our own medical students show that they like the internal medicine clerkship, they feel they learn a lot, they respect the faculty, but most of them don’t want to become internists. Typical reasons involve the lifestyle (too many hours and too unpredictable), the pay (not enough), and a perception that the field is overwhelmingly complex.

March 10, 2006

Catalog of Clinical Images

Posted in Physical Examination at 10:58 pm by David Theige, MD

UCSD Catalog of Clinical Images. A nice atlas of physical examination findings.  Content and Photographs by Charlie Goldberg, M.D., UCSD School of Medicine and VA Medical Center, San Diego, California.

March 9, 2006

Coding for Dummies?

Posted in Business of Medicine at 8:14 pm by David Theige, MD

Our residents usually seem bored to tears with our introductory explanations of coding. That’s why I was delighted when a recent graduate called about a year ago to tell us that his fellowship program faculty were impressed with his coding acumen–and that they wanted him to teach the rest of the fellows! Nonetheless, I believe that we tend to make the subject much too dry and complicated. This article might help demystify the process:  Coding Level-IV Visits Without Fear – February 2006 – Family Practice Management

The Whole Brain Atlas

Posted in Neurology, Radiology at 8:12 pm by David Theige, MD

The Whole Brain Atlas is the magnificent work of Keith A. Johnson and J. Alex Becker at Harvard University. The site includes an atlas of normal anatomy and blood flow, an introduction to neuroimaging, and clinical cases of stroke, tumors, degenerative, inflammatory, and infectious diseases. Multiple imaging modalities featured including MR, CT, SPECT, and PET scans.

Introduction to Cardiothoracic Imaging

Posted in Cardiology, Radiology at 7:58 pm by David Theige, MD

I am trying to catalog some learning resources in radiology/imaging for our residents. I originally linked to this site in Ocober 2000, but it is still extremely impressive.

Yale: Introduction to Cardiothoracic Imaging

This fabulous resource covers normal anatomy, pathologic findings, and clinical cases using multiple imaging modalities including plain radiography, CT, MRI, SPECT, and echocardiography. Check out the Table of Contents. Wow!

March 8, 2006

ECG Wave-Maven

Posted in Cardiology, ECG at 10:23 pm by David Theige, MD

ECG Wave-Maven is a self-assessment program from Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. More than 200 cases are presented which can be searched by diagnosis or level of difficulty. ECG images are of good quality and may be viewed at two different resolutions or as a zoomable PDF file. Requires javascript.

Introduction to Radiology

Posted in Radiology at 9:50 pm by David Theige, MD

Introduction to Radiology: an online interactive tutorial is an outstanding free resource from the University of Virginia Department of Radiology. Each topic includes a self-assessment quiz. Tutorials cover a variety of topics including: Introduction to Chest, ICU Chest Films, Hi-Resolution Chest CT, Cardiac MR, Emergency Body CT, Emergency Ultrasound, Skeletal Trauma, Introduction to Pediatric Radiology, GI Radiology, GU Radiology, Imaging of the Cervical Spine, and more..


Posted in Site Admin at 8:28 pm by David Theige, MD

My name is David Theige, MD. I am an internal medicine physician at MeritCare Health System in Fargo, ND. I am also the program director of the University of North Dakota Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Years ago, I started MedEd News, possibly the first medical weblog. I’ve been away from blogs for a few years, but I plan to experiment here. My hope is to develop something that will be of use to our residents.

This site is named after Sir William Osler, “the Father of American Medicine.”