What I Do

January 11, 2008 | Leave a Comment

(With a hat-tip to the Happy Hospitalist.Nothing new or profound here so my regular readers may, if they desire, ignores this article completely or read on and forgive the basic level of information presented. -PB) A young reader writes, “Dear Dr. Bear, I am a senior in high school and am thinking about being a […]

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “It’s the end of the world! The end is here!” shouted the unit clerk as she pulled out clumps of her hair and rocked in her chair. This sort of thing is normal for a unit clerk so I wasn’t too alarmed until I saw the nurses tearing their scrubs and […]

Barking Mad

December 12, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Psychiatric Ward Inpatient psychiatry wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be. The people locked up on the tenth floor of our hospital were just a little too crazy to really be interesting. A little insanity, like a little spice, adds flavor to a patient’s personality. Too much of it and it overpowers everything. […]

Two Minute Drill V

December 1, 2006 | Leave a Comment

“Opthomology” The first rule of ophthalmology is to spell it right. Nobody does. I’m not even sure if I just did. The second rule is that nobody should ever mess with the eye unless he is an ophthalmologist. It’s the eye for crying out loud. We see out of them. The margin of error is […]

Two Minute Drill IV

November 28, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Anesthesiology A poorly understood specialty, especially among surgeons who tend to look at the anesthesiologist in the same way airline pilots look at flight attendants. It certainly doesn’t look like much of a specialty. The anesthesiologist starts the lines, sedates the patient, intubates, turns on the gas and then reads his magazine or does crossword […]

Pathology Instant credibility at a parties. Hushed respect from the public. Pathology is the coolest specialty. Sure, shows like Nip/Tuck and ER have made plastic surgery and Emergency Medicine seem glamorous but pathologists cut up dead bodies, man! They certainly do, but not every pathologist does this regularly. Pathology is the study of disease. In […]

Psychiatry A specialty at a crossroads. Once dominated by Freud and Jung but now becoming evidence-based like the rest of medicine. The psychoanalyst’s couch being replaced by the SSRI. Now as much pharmacotherapy as behavioral therapy. No specialty is more polarizing for medical students. I don’t think anybody hates psychiatry (because how could working with […]

Two Minute Drill

October 4, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Your Opinions Will Vary Haterade is welcome but please have a point. Internal Medicine The backbone of medicine. You will know a lot about everything upon completion of residency, so much that you will frighten those around you, especially when you generate a three page differential diagnosis from obscure symptoms, every item of which is […]

Ask Uncle Panda

August 3, 2006 | 1 Comment

1. Say, Uncle Panda, what exactly do you like about Emergency Medicine? I thought the hours were crazy and the burn-out rate was high. What about it? From the perspective of residency training, Emergency Medicine is far superior to any other specialty. First of all, it’s the most like a regular job of any residency. […]