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One Day Discussion on Developing Curriculum for Masters in Human Rights in Mental Health

Dr Narendra about
Dr Vijayaraghavan about child psychiatry
Dr Krishnaprasad talked about his interest in providing affordable child mental health.
Dr Muralikrishna about his interest in old age mental health.
Dr Sumanth about Diabetes, Hypertension, Chronic Diseases.
Dr Manjunath about education in general, and medical education in particular.
Prof Niranjan, from University of Mysore, HoD Dept of Communication and Journalism
Dr Anilkumar about psychopharmacology, sexual medicine and spiritual psychiatry.
Dr Rajgopal about self-harm.
Dr Sushama about bipolar disorder, coercion.
Eunice Severity of cognitive impairment in age over 60.
Dr ... Old age, Alzheimer's etc.
Dr Kishore about undergraduate medical teaching.
Dr Tony Ryan? Community health services
Dr Catherine about self harm, suicide, coercion.
Dr Rob Poole social psychiatrist - substance abuse, alcohol deaths, suicide, self harm.
Dr Raveesh - legal psychiatry, ethics and human rights, including policy making.


Looking Back

Today I went through some of the first posts in this blog. I do not think I have changed a lot. But a lot of things have changed. Curiosity has given way to boredom. Anxieties have dissolved into indifference. And the way I look at people has become more sceptical than the optimistic it was.

Maybe it is natural to feel this, but I am feeling "toska" (as Sneha would describe it). I have discovered the meaninglessness of life. And I am still living it. I have no idea what I am living for, and I do not know whether I am happy or sad. I am sad that I am not sad. I am living mechanically.

From today, I will try to start afresh.
And I will try to keep starting afresh in the coming days. After all, that is one good thing about starting afresh, you can do it again and again.

Mysore Medical College & Research Institute Admission 2014 - Documents Required, Fees Structure, etc

Hello future student at MMC&RI, Mysore.
It is quite possible that you've been searching all around for details of admission procedures and fee structure of Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore for the year 2014.
But trust me, as a student of MMC&RI myself, you'll find it hard to believe that "" is the "official" website of our college.

Since there's not much we can do about that, here's the information you're looking for.

I'll summarize that:

First MBBS Admission 2014-15
Passport Size photo - 2All original certificates belowAllotment letter (CET/AIQ)SSLC Marks card (10th)PUC Marks card (10+2)TC + Study certificate
Cast certficiate Income certificate
(Cat I/II A, /IIB/IIIA/IIIB/SC/ST)Physical fitness certificate with blood group (any govt hospital)Eligibility certificate / Migration certificate (AIQ / CBS)
From RGUHS, Bangalore…

First Thinks First - a workshop on first aid

The Academic Society and St John Ambulance gave this workshop on first aid in the Anatomy lecture hall on 6th June.


Behind the scenes
Dr Abeer, Bhavika, Dr Chandrakumar, Dr Gurudatt, and Dr Manjunatha (possibly more or less people) shaped this workshop.
Volunteers (who were present while we were practising the skits at the Lion's waiting shelter) included: Pratibha, Swathi, Shruti, Vivek, Madhu, Nivedha, Noor, Meghna, Terese, Prashasth, and Me.
I made this PowerPoint at CCD with Dr Abeer and Bhavika. The skit would go along with the presentation.--

On the day:

I went searching for printing facility (for this) in different shops in landsdowne building to no avail. And reached the Anatomy Lecture Hall about 15 minutes late (at 9). Connected the laptop. Bhavika had brought her speaker too.

The inauguration was done by the dean.

Dr B Prakash handled all the sessions - including demonstrations.

While I was taking photographs behind the audience, Bhavika called me to the stag…

CME on dissertation and synopsis - a statistical view

The Department of Community Medicine, MMC&RI organized a CME on statistics today in the P&SM lecture hall, which was being renovated all this week for just this occasion.

The first talk was on the importance of statistics in medical research.
I missed the second talk about synopsis.
Then Dr Ganagaboraiah talked about which statistical tests are best for which methodology, the pitfalls in using different tests, the importance of correct sample size, avoiding bias, the importance of confidence interval, significance, power, etc.

This was followed by my favourite session on R by Dr S Ravi. He showed R studio and gave some reasons to use R in a beautiful latex (beamer?) presentation.

And ironically, systat (who was sponsoring the day?) gave a talk about the systat software in the end. The conversation revolved around how systat is at par with SPSS which highlighted the generalized apathy towards R. Makes me wonder if I should quit medicine and build a GUI for R and sell it.

The Wait While The Dosa is Baked

I finished Ophthalmology postings.
And I started Orthopaedics postings.

These days are very rainy, very clam, very eventless.

NIE has a quiz fest from today. I'm participating in all that I can. Because tomorrow I'm going to attend the Firefox Launch party. It's unfortunate that "biz-sci-tech" quiz is on the same day.

I have registered mbbshacker on quora too. I will put less personal stuff there.

Downloaded all the videos in Duke University medical neuroscience course on coursera. On week 2 now. It is interesting. I might even skip neuroscience if I finish this course.

The rain is quite heavy in South India. It's 35 inches back home, says dad.

There are two internals back to back next week. ENT on Tuesday. PSM on Wednesday. I am yet to start ENT.

I'm living on my bed (literally) these days. Never get to wake up before 8, never goes for a jog, nobody plays football in the evenings.

The fact that I could gulp down all the knowledge on earth if I wanted to…

Holidays and working days

General election is definitely making a wave. I did my first vote on April 10 standing in queue for just over an hour in Maruthayi LP school. I resisted the urge to rub the indelible ink right after the officer put it on my index finger. I wanted the mark to stay, at least till the first day after holidays. The polling day was April 17 in Karnataka. The finger was thumb.On Vishu I went to Nagarahole National Park with my family for the third time. It was also the third time we returned without being able to go for the wild safari. This time it was none of our mistakes, it was the summer rain the evening before.r/getDisciplined is my new hope to get better at academics.On the way back to college I had two great ideas - upgrade Ubuntu to trusty tahr, and advertise a one on one, home workshop for website creation/Linux basics/Python for students. The former was done. Latter needs a website.Classes are going as slow as it ever have been after 6th term began. I could have failed a subject …

MAA grant

The medical education unit room in the first floor of Platinum Jubilee Hall is a neat place.There is a projector with a flexible base that stays where you put it.
There are excellent rotating chairs and static cushioned chairs with nice tables that go along.And last Thursday the room hosted the MAA grant interview of candidates.There were 17 projects which sought the 10x10000 and 2x5000 grants by 1961 batch and 1984 batch respectively.Dr Manjunath had already informed everyone how their presentations should be outlined.
Dr Shekar, Dr Balu, and a few elders from 1961 batch was present to discuss the presentations.It went in alphabetical order except for a few changes.I was second to present my "Study on the Respiratory Effects in Road Construction Workers".
Somehow the title had to include the word "prevalence". Also, unlike what Dr Sumanth, my guide, and me thought, there is some problem with smokers and non-smokers being included in the study.The inclusion criteri…

Workshop on Coercion

What could be called the 2nd Indo-European symposium on coercion, started today morning at 9 in the first floor of Platinum Jubilee Auditorium, JK Grounds, Mysore.

Checkout their website here:

First, Prof. Tom Palmstierna talked about various forms of coercion used in Europe. Belts, net beds, clothes, so on. The interesting thing is, these practices are not the same in different regions. Some countries practise seclusion, some countries practise restraint, and mental health workers in different regions consider their own methods as good, and others' method as terrible.

He went on to point out cochrane reviews which said that there is no evidence to show that coercion is useful. By which he only meant that coercion per se is not helpful. And this point was clarified in questions, when Dr S said that coercion or physical restraint is the first step to treatment.

Although it was argued that coercion and restraint are not the same, Prof Palmstierna said that coerci…

Time to Fly

It has already been half a month since I turned 21.

The sedentary life was giving me a heart attack. So I started jogging. Three days later replaced that with football in the evening. Only "Campnow stadium" (or hostel ground) is so full of dust that playing there is equivalent to smoking 2 cigarettes.

Postings in community medicine is proving useful. Though I have not taken any case seriously in the wards, I have been reading about parallel stuff - like the story of tuberculosis (that led me to the understanding that tuberculosis has a very important role in the history of medicine) and the Indian national programmes for children.

Here is a beautiful quote:
2000 B.C.—Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D.—That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D.—That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1920 A.D.—That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1945 A.D.—That pill is ineffective. Here, take this penicillin.
1955 A.D.—Oops . . . bugs mutated. Here, ta…

3rd year

Community medicine  department became the first to suggest reading a textbook that was written for a different subject when the HoD asked us to read Harrison's, Davidson's and Hutchinson's , McLeod's instead of community medicine textbooks like Park.He also suggested one important thing - to stop getting involved in college activities, politics, etc and to start pouring in hours after hours reading those standard textbooks and others. Genuine. Why should students be spending any time doing things that are not useful for them, but probably harmful, in the long run?Thus, my resolutions to disregard anything that isn't directly related to my career henceforth, got some cementing.He also said of the need to stop depending on parents. And that gave me some more reasons why I should start earning some bucks on my own.Technically, I'm motivated.

Pathology Practical Examination

After revision on 4th (coming back from a quick visit to home) and 2 days of not studying anything related to pathology, today on 7th I took the Pathology practical exam.

As usual, it started with the spotters. I remember fatty liver, and peptic ulcer; WBC Pipette, bone marrow aspiration needle, Wilm's tumor, CLL. And the rest of the histopathology slides were too confusing - what I thought emphysema was probably CVC lung, and I don't even remember if I wrote the others right.

Then, I got to sit down at my chair where a chart, a peripheral smear, a discussion slide and a urine sample was waiting.

Peripheral smear was probably dimorphic anemia. I got really confused till I adjusted the condenser for the high power. (Always remember. High power, high condenser). Nevertheless I was asked the causes of eosinophilia, microcytic anemia, macrocytic anemia.

Urine - my question was a sore-throat kid with burning micturition. Proteins present, Blood absent. Had to explain how phosphate …

Theory Question papers

Been waiting to upload them all. Pharmacology microbiology forensic medicine. RS3, December 13

Crime & Mental illness