clinical pearls

31 Jan

By nature, review books are dense.  10 pages/hour I think is my maximum rate.  Often, I find it not so helpful to read when I’m not next to a computer in order to look up all the vocab, jargon, or acronyms that I don’t know (most of which I doubt I ever knew).

And then I get something like this:

During a digital rectal exam, the “normal prostate feels like a thenar eminence.  Cancer feels like a knuckle.”

Palpates muscles at the base of the thumb, then knuckle of the same thumb.  Got it.  Cool.  On to learning about TRUS–transrectal ultrasonography…yeah…totally did not have that acronym filed away.

Also, apparently my long-standing use/abuse of coffee and artificial sweeteners puts me at increased risk of bladder cancer.  And circumcision is likely protective against penile cancer.

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5 Responses to “clinical pearls”

  1. Melody January 31, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    hi anna! your studying sounds like fun… hope you are doing well 🙂 i miss running into you!

    • annaojesus January 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      melody! thanks so much for the sweet note! i miss running into you as well–what service are you on now?? are you enjoying yourself? xoxo

  2. Allison February 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Hey, I found your blog through Phenomenemily, and I absolutely love it. I go back to med school in August. I’m on medical leave (doing much better now!) after having only done 3 weeks of med school. I really appreciate the honesty of your posts, and how you’ve been able to navigate your relationship with your husband when you are in different places for your training. My boyfriend is in residency already but we already know there will be at least one year we’ll be separated (maybe two if he decides to do a second fellowship). It’s comforting to know that other people do it and survive as well. 🙂

  3. Eric February 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Hey Katie.
    This last post was just freakin’ weird, in my ignorant opinion. The idea of MY little sister performing a TRUS, or draining 6 litres of fluid from some old dude, then giving him mouth to mouth for 4 hours. Is John really OK with this? Does he know you are doing this stuff? I kinda hope he doesn’t…
    You know, most kids grow out of the whole “playing doctor” routine by the time they’re, like seven or something. Just saying…
    Can’t wait to see you guys in a few weeks. It’ll be fun.
    Love – E

    • annaojesus March 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      haha! thanks, eric! i guess i must be pretty sick. can’t wait to see you!

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