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  1. Hard work's paying off! A professor of my university contacted me with the question if I'm interested in participation of statistical research ... He must've had a sneak peak into my paper of this year ...

    1. Sriman Dutta

      Sriman Dutta

      Wonderful opportunity.

      All the best.

  2. Anyone in favor of an (estimated) conception day instead of birthday?

    1. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      No. Too many societies and cultures still stigmatize conception before marriage. It might be a way to try to minimize this prejudice but too many children and vulnerable adults would be hurt by the taunts to be worth the risk

    2. Raider5678
  3. I just discovered the ending of the Symphony no. 4 from Maslanka. It truly was, a peculiar experience.

  4. We learned how to take an ECG today. In class, the cardiologist interpreted my ECG as coming from a young, healthy, skinny, sporting man. I found it funny too.

    1. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      And asked - more importantly - whether a patient in a hospital or consulting room was more likely to be in our earlier relaxed state or the more recent agitated state.

    2. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      There's also this: "White coat hypertension, more commonly known as white coat syndrome, is a phenomenon in which patients exhibit a blood pressure level above the normal range, in a clinical setting, though they don't exhibit it in other settings." - Wiki

    3. Function

      Function

      She found a right deviation of my electric heart axis of about 90°; we must indeed remain very aware of these confounding variables

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  5. Flipping a coin in case of dilemma's is useless if you want the result to be head.

    1. Function

      Function

      Starting a poll would be such a coin ;)

    2. koti

      koti

      Put the same watch in every answer and youre there.

       

    3. Function

      Function

      I fundamentally oppose tampered statistics.

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  6. We moved last weekend ... Terrible how socially and professionally paralyzed and isolated we become in a few days without WiFi.

    1. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      At your age it must feel like you are on a desert island in the middle of nowhere.:)

    2. Function

      Function

      Especially knowing you're missing lots of high priority information since the new academic year started today ^^

  7. Just returned from holiday in Spain, still got 1 week before start of new academic year ... Hope it'll be a good one

  8. Why is it we're not conscious of the pen we're holding in our hand when looking for it desperately on our desk ...

    1. andrewcellini

      andrewcellini

      i love the feeling of stupidity that follows when you shake your arms in frustration and realize "oh my keys are in my hand" after hearing the jingling.

    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      When you guys get older you will have endless fun searching for your glasses and realizing that they are perched on your forehead - or even worse that you have ust put on your glasses to help you look for your glasses

  9. I'm no professor in ethics, but I certainly think that when you tell a student of yours that "ah well, I know you, so don't you worry", concerning selection for teaching assistance, whereafter you let your assistent know the student he hasn't been selected, you've made a huge ethical mess.

    1. ajb

      ajb

      Exactly StringJunky - always wait until you signed something

    2. Function

      Function

      Why yes indeed, that's most certainly why I cannot complain about anything: pro forma, nothing's happened. But you see, our professors are usually not so distant and are quite familiar with their students, some profs very; can't be asking too much when asking for a bit of ethical dignity

    3. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Your Prof's 'A gonna'. "I'm gonna do this/that".

       

      Life's full of 'em... full of **it

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  10. Seems like I can finally appreciate the whole allegro from Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3, and not only the beginning

    1. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      I appreciate the sentiment. In the 70's I blindly bought several Gensis albums which promptly did my head in because they left me confused musically but after a dozen or so listens I finally "got" it.

  11. Who once said that self-consciousness is the worst poisoned chalice given to man?

    1. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      And I have never heard the phrase before either

    2. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      I suspect it alludes to Eve goading Adam to eat from the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge; they became self-aware after eating from it IIRC

    3. Strange

      Strange

      "The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness."

      Annie in Bull Durham

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  12. For any psychologists, psychiatrists or anyone with interests in psychology, what about this statement? "Anyone who is convinced that he/she has a depression, does have a depression."

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    2. blue89

      blue89

      what had you expected(??) , really I also think the reason based on your question. think/assume please what would you gain even if someone has been convinced that he/she had had a depression (?) what would we gain , what would be motre useful. also it is not good way , I also ask you the reason. I thought that it was illogical. but of course there may existence absence of information. I am not medical doctor.

    3. blue89

      blue89

      I only ask the reason that caused you to think so.but probably this question would be highly important in psychology or philosophy( rather than psychiatry). if you meant whether it was harmful or good making her/him convinced he/she had a depression although he/she did not, then OK ,of course this is very bad,it is harmful. and realy good question. I also heard that this would/should be true as theoritical.(but not from academic literatures ,I herad it from professors whose expertise is psych...

    4. Function

      Function

      Well, this escalated quickly.

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  13. Passed all my exams :) A bit frustrated, though: missed a cum laude magna with only 0,3%.

  14. Seems like the chairwoman of the department of anatomy and embryology made me an offer I can't refuse! Will be participating in brachial plexus research starting end June. Neurosurgical research contribution will probably start end of August.

    1. Function

      Function

      Thank you for the support the last few months!

    2. StringJunky
    3. Function
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  15. Yup, got enrolled in an experimental research project in the Neurosurgery Department, starting after this year's finals :)

    1. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      ...involved in any project will stand you in great stead later down the line.

    2. Function

      Function

      Thank you imatfaal - as always, very valuable input and feedback.

    3. kisai

      kisai

      Congratulations!

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  16. So basically, the human brain is capable of performing unseen tasks, but our body falls short when the area postrema still makes you vomit while fasting after an acute toxin (read: alcohol) intake? There should be nerves from stomach to area postrema in order to inhibit vomiting while fasting after toxin intake, but hey, who're we to change who we are

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    2. Sirona

      Sirona

      Although not very Australian! I always found this amusing actually. Australians pride themselves on their excessive drinking habits but if you look up alcohol consumed per person internationally there is little correlation. We must not be able to hold our liquor, despite our stereotype of being drunks! :P

    3. Sirona

      Sirona

      I experience this stereotype a lot when backpacking!

    4. Function

      Function

      Lucky you you're not German then.

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  17. Very likely getting involved in a neurosurgical research project. Pretty psyched! :D

    1. Sirona

      Sirona

      Congratulations! Have fun with it :)

       

  18. Observational internship @ neurosurgery is over ... Miss it already :(

    1. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Glad it lived up to your expectations. First time with a surgical team is pretty mind-blowing isn't it?

    2. Function

      Function

      It is indeed! Such wonderful things I've seen :)

  19. Ah ... A one-week holiday ... Just in time ... I needed this. Just about right for a one-week observational internship at the neurosurgery department of the University Hospital ^^

    1. Function

      Function

      My dream is to become a neurosurgeon myself. So you may understand I experience it as a great privilege that I am allowed to take an observational internship :)

    2. kisai

      kisai

      Oh! I thought you were just going to walk around and inconspicuously observe. Congratulations on getting a pass!

    3. Function

      Function

      Lol well I actually AM going to inconspicuously observe. I'm but a second year undergraduate medicine student lol ... Specialization candidature is only after 6 years, so hopefully I'll pass in 4 years ;) this observation is to get to know the specialty more

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  20. 1 down, 1 more to go! "Cardiovascular system, respiration, kidney and urinary tract", here I come!

  21. "I've never seen a student be so interested in the CNS as you, you really have to do something with that! Tell you what, how about I contact a neurologist from the university hospital to set up a project for you to participate in research? Could serve also as your future master thesis subject and might get some publications out of it!" - My awesome physiology professor

    1. Function

      Function

      Of course this is but a very broad synopsis of the very interesting talk we had ^^ Of course, this'll be only possible if the result of my exam Monday will be good enough. Let's hope for the best!

    2. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Good luck - I'm sure you'll ace it. How are you finding studying medicine?

    3. Function

      Function

      Thank you :) I'm finding it very satisfying!

  22. I've got exams 11 and 27 January. "What? You've got only 2 exams?!" ... ... ... yeah. 'Only' "Nervous system and senses" and "Cardiovascular system, respiration, kidneys and urinary tracts" ... So I won't be available for a wile. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

  23. Just finished my last assistance of this term as an undergraduate teaching assistant in anatomy (osteology & prosection of topographical anatomy). Maintaining your knowledge, passing it on to younger generations and getting their gratitude for that is so satisfying :)

    1. DevilSolution
    2. Theoretical
    3. Function

      Function

      Thanks! I'll return as a UTA in the second term for assistance in prosection (topographical anatomy of the locomotor system)

  24. Sitting on your train at 6.50 a.m., revising your course of functional neuroanatomy of the basal ganglia, and while thinking about vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in case of refractory epilepsy (it so happens I read an article on that), formulating a hypothesis on whether stimulation of certain nuclei of the thalamus would be a good treatment (integration of the class on basal ganglia), only to find out the very same day, during the first class of that day (a class on epilepsy), that this treat...

    1. Sato

      Sato

      Physica's much more polite that that; perhaps it was sarcasm or meaning that your talent will be wasted in academia.

    2. physica

      physica

      I'm saying that you're very smart and very interested/motivated. Once you graduate you may find medical academia frustrating and limiting. To compensate I hope you find the clinical work rewarding. You're a lot smarter and motivated than the average medic I've worked with.

    3. Function

      Function

      Then I'm very flattered and I apologize for the misunderstanding. I'm dreaming specializing (6 years) in neurosurgery after my 6 years (1 done so far lol) of Medicine, a whole world of potential research and discoveries, of course combined with clinical activities. I couldn't imagine doing something else later ;)

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  25. Getting ready for the new academic year, looking forward to it :)

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