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A tribute to Osmania Hospital

With the end of casualty rotation, my short but extremely memorable stint at OGH is now over. It has been a long way from wondering whether the hospital even functions to actually finding it’s working commendable. Keeping all its shortcomings aside like shortage of staff, medicines, equipment, not so hygienic conditions, a few of the corrupt/unfriendly personnel, the truth remains that it is also a place of great solace for a very large number of people – people who have nowhere else to go, those who were rejected by every other hospital, people who have been everywhere else but haven’t found relief, people who have been beaten up, robbed and neither have a single penny nor a single person to look after them. These patients come here and they are accepted, treated, and a majority of them leave feeling much better. There have been times when a patient stumbles from one room to another, embarrasses himself in front of the other staff, only to find you and say thank you. Be it a refugee from Burma, who can’t speak any language we know, or a union leader with political contacts, people of all faiths, speaking any language, belonging to any region are given the same level of treatment. It gives a weird sense of pride when you see it written “Refer to Higher Centre”, and realising that you are the higher centre being referred to, and that there is no centre higher than this. Not just patients, so many students come here, from varied backgrounds, most of them hardly knowing anything about practical patient care and leave as different people, fully trained and confident, ready to face the world. The doctors here may have a lot of stress due to the workload, a lot of frustration with the system, but behind all that there definitely is a sense of service & compassion. This place may just be an old government hospital but the things that happen here are not ordinary. It is a temple of learning and a temple of care-giving that we are blessed to have worked in. The institution is highly flawed, far from perfect it can only be described as what is an apt caption for this picture –

Broken, but beautiful.

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(Inside view of the central dome of Osmania General Hospital, Afzalgunj, Hyderabad)

 

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List of Candidates – Andhra Pradesh/Telangana – Lok Sabha and Assembly – Elections 2014

List of candidates is available on the CEO Andhra website (Chief Election Officer). The pdfs I found on the site were not searchable, so I OCRed them and re-uploading here.

Here are the original sources: Main Site | General Election Page (On the left side-menu of Home) | Lok Sabha Candidates | Legislative Assembly Candidates

Here are the pdfs with search facility that I made (Just press Ctrl+F, and type your constituency or candidate): Lok Sabha Candidates | Legislative Assembly Candidates

(I used Adobe Acrobat for the OCR)

Mnenomics n Stuff


One of the things that is considered “bad” about medical studies and thereby the medical profession is that it is totally dependant on “memory”. All you need to do is “memorise” things and then recollect them at the right moment. While this cannot be said to be entirely false, it can’t be said to be entirely true either.

It is true that we need to “remember” a lot of things (I’m not using the word “memorise” here). Most of the things that we need to remember are “names”, names of body organs, muscles, arteries, nerves, diseases and conditions etc. But if you observe carefully, everyone has to remember names, not just medical people. In daily life, we have to remember names of people, names of streets, roads, buildings, cars and even things like gadgets, phones and websites. This apart, speaking of academics too, those professionals other than medical also have to remember a lot of names. For example, computer engineers use words like Java, API, GUI, CSS, HTML and so on, which are equally, if not more- the way I feel, intimidating than the “medical” terms. Medical terms are atleast intuitive and guessable as they use Greek and Latin roots but these abbreviations engineers use are simply not.

The point is that we need not feel that we’re faced with something difficult, because we actually aren’t. This apart, we can always try to make things easy. If we consider “memory” and “intelligence” as separate things (though I highly doubt whether they are) then I can surely say that intelligence can help memory a lot. Using tricks and shortcuts, things can become surprisingly easier to memorise.

One of these is the use of “Mnemonics”. It is a word or a sentence or anything similar which helps remember things. A mnemonic should be catchy- one should never be able to forget the mnemonic itself. The best mnemonics are those which produce some emotion- the most common emotion utilised is humour or disgust. It means that the funnier the mnemonic is, the better. Similarly, though many people might disagree, the more vulgar a mnemonic is, the better. It may look indecent or even disgusting, the reason they may not be taught openly by teachers, but over time you realise that the only things you don’t forget and remember for a long time are those for which you had really vulgar mnemonics :). I feel that mnemonics made by others are more effective than those you make for yourself though I don’t understand why. May be because the element of surprise is what helps us actually remember it.

The internet is the best place to find ready-made popular and time-tested medical mnemonics. Here I have mentioned some sources of medical mnemonics on the internet. I also plan to do posts in future in which I will mention my hand-picked mnemonics grouped by topic.

Medical mnemonics.com

This might be the biggest database of medical mnemonics on the internet. You can search for any topic you want. You can also download the whole collection arranged according to subject. I highly recommend you download it and print a few pages of the subject you are studying. You’ll be surprised to find mnemonics for things you didn’t expect at all.

Download the PDF here (Right-Click and select “Save Link As”)

Wikipedia

When you search a topic in Wikipedia you will usually find i mnemonic for it if it exists. Try searching “cranial nerves” on Wikipedia and you’ll understand what I mean 🙂

E-book: Mnemonics and Study Tips for Medical Students

This ebook also has good mnemonics. Click Here to download it.

Good old Google

If you can’t find a mnemonic on any of the above then you may try Google. You’ll find results from many forums.

Hello World! (Original)

So, this is the first post. Don’t know much what to write in it. It will definitely take time for the next one. This is just the beginning, I’ll have to see whether it was a good idea to start this or not. Till then, will be collecting material for it and planning its future.

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