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Surgery all papers

Surgery was an altogether different experience

General Medicine Paper 2

Everything went by so fast and I have no idea how. Heart failure, again!

General Medicine Paper 1; final year, final exam, finally!

Finally, after years of apparent toil, the final exam starts. I was cramming yesterday and today morning (exam was from 2-5 pm).

Heart failure was taught by Dr Srinivas in those 7 day extra classes.
Pneumonia, I read today morning. So was NASH and Sjogren's.
Secondary hypertension, I wrote from what I remembered Dr LakshmeGowda telling when I diagnosed Vinay with hypertension.
Pancytopenia, BMT, Megaloblastic anemia, all the same answers.
Vildagliptins lucky guess as hypoglycemic agent.
Ptosis, thanks to learning opthalmology twice.
Tension headache, I'd no idea, but compared it with cluster and migraine.
Neurogenic Bladder, straight from Dr LakshmeGowda's mouth from the extra classes.
Scabies - I had remembered the organism that caused it, Zigu telling it while we were having lunch.
ARB, I confused with ACE inhibitors (and wrote Enalapril, etc.), but I've drawn the diagram of RAS.

Everything here and there knowledge over the past life translated into black ink.

Onaghosham 2015

I reached Mysore at 8 in the morning from Mozilla Kerala community meet-up and Zigu and Harinath had just dressed up to leave for the badminton court where 2k13 were organizing the Onam this year.

I had a quick shower, changed immediately to the mundu I got as Onakkodi this year and the kurta that was dad's; and left for the badminton court walking (my bicycle was being serviced).

As soon as I reached I had sweet appam and chicken curry and then started working on cutting the orange jamanthis with Sanjana and Harinath. Zigu was drawing the pookkalam. We had our usual spot right next to the entrance to the badminton court. It was 2k14 batch right next to us, 2k12 then, 2k15 and Interns+PGs and 2k13 at the other end.

While everyone was still laying the kalam, Aparna, Fahad, Gautam, and me represented our batch in the General quiz which was happening in the yard outside. Most of the questions were about Kollam (where the quiz master appears to be from) and we were leading till the la…

Standing up to be Happy

Woke up to a dream today, like the last few days. Ran to surgery ward where we discussed deep vein thrombosis - Virchow's triad and more. Try this question:
A very young girl (13 or 15 year old), comes to emergency room with acute abdomenal pain in the right iliac fossa. What do you do/ask/investigate? After rounds, where we saw dramatic improvement in a thromboangiitis obliterans case after lumbar sympathetectomy - his left leg which was colder than the normal right limb has suddenly became warmer, Anie, who just landed in India last day, gave us chocolates and the best cake on Earth which her mother made.

Later had fruit salad with ice cream with Trees (who's leaving for home today), Sweety, and Maggie, followed by butter fruit juice and heard about the amazing fight over closed toilet doors in LH. Speaking of going home, Hari is also going home after having handed over Terrorist to a mess worker two days back.

My order for rechargable batteries and there charger was deliver…

Turns out there's a reason why people love Surgery

Reading someone else's blog is a great motivator to write one's own blog. I just went through some of the very first posts in Lamya's blog. And the idea of documenting one's day/week in excruciating details still fills me with enthusiasm.

The reader deserves to know. They can't be left hanging off the cliff. Every story needs to be completed, or continued. If you do not plan on finishing a story, do not begin writing one (at least, do not invite readers).

Surgery is what I wasn't sure of. And it is the only thing I am sure of, now. More than my love of learning, it is Balu sir's love for teaching that keeps me hooked. Nothing is complicated. Surgery is like plumbing. Conceptually very simple, but when you get down on your knees and reach out to the corner to fix a leak on the pipe, it is a tug-war between your perseverance and the graveness of the leak. If you become lazy and do a quick hack, you'll pay for it in terms of complications soon.

Sometimes i…


Today evening viswa found a kitten outside in the drain. He brought it to hostel and I thought I'd adopt it.

Later Hari went for a tea at lemon tea and found two of its siblings also. We went back to fetch them, but the auto drivers there had thrown them inside the hostel walls itself to protect from dogs.
So we found them in the backyard and put it with the first one.

Three kittens are sleeping in that peacefully now.

Defending Net Neutrality

I truly believe that the Internet and the Open Web has played and will continue to play a massive role in my learning. That's why I had started MMC MedFox Club - to spread the Internet love to more medical students.

Today that Internet is about to be saved from being damaged by TRAI and Telecom companies. And the following letter to Mysore MP Pratap Simha is one of my contributions to the effort.

Sub: Please come out in support of the Open Web and #NetNeutrality

I'm a final year MBBS student of Mysore Medical College.

As a student, the Internet has vastly improved my life - learning from books not even available in India, talking to alumni who are mentoring me from abroad, communicating with professors, friends, taking open courses from foreign universities, watching disease symptoms, operations, examination, etc on YouTube, etc.

Recently TRAI has announced a consultation paper on regulating Over The Top services which will include YouTube, Gmail, and other such services which…

Cochlear Herniation of Brain

Today is a holiday. Tomorrow Kreida'15 starts. The batch organizing it seems to be enthusiastic enough to write 2k12 on every T-shirt, even that of people from other batches.
Sobotta atlas of anatomy is a brilliant textbook for anatomy. I had discovered it under the caption of an image in Gray's anatomy. Used that to learn about the position of cochlea, semi circular canals, etc. 
Later read about radical behaviourism (Skinner's works).
Sleep kept crawling in, as usual.
Finished a few more pages of Nireeswaran.
And read Bailey and Love for the first time. Hernia is explained beautifully in that. 
Pirate Praveen and I were discussing Telegram vs TextSecure. As usual, I lost. Will probably be running a textsecure server on our own.
Kreida chess is full on. Watching Zigu play.

Something I was waiting for

Today the third year result was announced. As expected I failed in ophthalmology. Also otorhinolaryngology. But contrary to what I've been thinking about how it'd feel, I'm having an odd sensation of freedom. 
Now this is not a rationalization of the situation. But I'm feeling this way because I no longer have the pressure of maintaining a pattern to worry about. 
So I'll hopefully be more actively updating this blog in the coming days with stuff I'm doing and steps I'm taking to end up with a better scorecard eventually.
For now I'm home on my table and reading


Of late my likeness for neuroscience has resurfaced. Could be because of the urgency in deciding what to do after MBBS.

Anyhow, I've been having email conversations with people in IISc Bangalore and I'll be visiting the place in April. Got loads to prepare by then.

Found a nice set of courses in brain and cognitive science on MIT OCW. There is a lot of content there. Yet.

How many hours of sleep do you actually need?

OBG OPD on Thursday. Suddenly those people whom nobody wanted are doing per speculum examination. Ah, that's what final year fetches you. Luckily, we removed a copper T, saw androgen insensitivity syndrome, pubertal menorrhagia, etc.
After days of procrastinating, had to spend a whole night on writing down MAA project report. Luckily my study isn't so big.
Surgery conference in JK grounds. Apparently filled with robotic surgery demonstration from remote location. Sounds complicated, probably useless. Also followed in the night by step up style dance competition between MMC & JSS.
Should go to Firefox Student Ambassador Bootcamp tomorrow.
Oh, and, a blog is coming up for student association. It's been coming for a long time now though.

Third year theory question papers RGUHS phase 3 part 1 December 2014

Ent, community medicine, ophthalmology question papers.

Nobody knows if I'm passing ophthalmology and ent