Dr. Rhoton's Anatomy 2D and 3D

Medtronic and Dr. Rhoton put together an amazing YouTube series on "Rhoton Anatomy" in both 2D and 3D versions. I highly recommend checking them out. An incredible amount of effort and detail went into these!
Dr. Rhoton Biography
Dr. Rhoton
Dr. Albert L. Rhoton, Jr. attended Washington University School of Medicine, graduating with the highest academic standing in the class of 1959. He completed his neurosurgical training at Washington University and joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1965. He became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida in 1972.
Dr. Rhoton has served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society, the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, the Florida Neurosurgical Society, and the International Society for Neurosurgical Technology and Instrument Invention. He served as the Honored Guest of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and was awarded the Cushing Medal of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 1998, the highest honor given by the two largest neurosurgical societies in the United States. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, and has served as the Honored Guest or been elected to Honorary Membership in neurosurgical societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.
He has published over 400 scientific papers. He has received the Golden Neuron Award of the World Academy of Neurological Surgeons and was selected as the 2011 “Neurosurgeon of the Year” by the journal World Neurosurgery. He completed the Millennium and Anniversary Issues of Neurosurgery and a book entitled “Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches,” which has been translated into several languages. He has received an Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University School of Medicine and both a Distinguished Faculty Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Florida.
Friends, colleagues, and former residents contributed nearly $2 million to the University of Florida Foundation to create the Rhoton Chairman’s Endowed Professorship at the University of Florida, a gift that has grown to more than $6 million. This is in addition to 11 endowed chairs that Dr. Rhoton has raised for neurosurgery over the years. He and his wife, Joyce, have four children, all pursuing medical careers.

Source: http://www.stmeded.medtronic.com/anatomy-courses/rhoton-biography/index.htm


SMS Texting is Not HIPAA Compliant

Just wanted to share a great article on texting and HIPAA ComplianceFive Ways to Ensure Secure Text Messaging in Your Medical Practice


PAProgramSearch.com: Great Pre-PA Resource

I recently received an email from Ken Johnson, the developer of PAprogramsearch.com. Ken and his significant other went to the same process that many of us did when searching for PA programs and also encountered the same frustrations. It is difficult to find out which schools have which requirements. I ended up with a spreadsheet of the schools that I was going to apply to, their prerequisites, and checkboxes for the things that I had completed. Since there's no standardization of PA programs and their prerequisites at this time is difficult for students to keep track of.... in comes PAprogramsearch.com.

This website allows you to check off particular classes that you have taken as well as shadowing hours, etc. And then produces a list of schools with the "match percentage". The site is very easy to use it appears to be up to date. I always recommend going to be official program website to double check the prerequisites (as they can change at any time) but this is a great place to start.

Financial disclosure: 
I have no monetary or other connections to this website or the developers . Just sharing a resource. 

Home page

Check off the classes that you have completed and add your GPA/Experience in hours at the top.

A list of "matches" is generated.


Subcuticular Suturing

I came across this blog post on how to do a subcuticular closure. It is well written with step by step pictures so why reinvent the wheel. I am just going to repost. Enjoy!

Source: http://abnormalfacies.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/running-subcuticular-suture-technique/


Pain Control and Anti-Emetics

When prescribing pain medications you must also consider the side effects that those medications may have on your patient such as nausea, constipation, rash, etc.

We will talk about anti-emetics today.

There are many classes of anti-emetics to consider. Most services have their favorites, but due to patient allergies and the ineffectiveness of some medications on some patients - it is good to have a few back-ups in mind to try. You can also consult the pharmacy team that you work with for additional advice. This list is not comprehensive.

Dopamine antagonist: 
Prochlorperazine (good for opiod related nausea), Metoclopramide, Haloperidol

5HT3 antagonists: 
Ondansetron* (PO and IV)




*can lead to headaches and constipation
**can be sedating

Source: MPR http://www.empr.com/antiemetic-treatments/article/125873/