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Academic OB/GYN in Atlanta

Academic OB/GYN has now found its third home in Atlanta, GA.  The blog got its grew up in Honolulu, HI, spent its teen years in Columbia, SC, and now has moved on and is ready for its first real date in Atlanta, GA.

In all this moving, there hasn’t been a lot of time to write blog posts or do podcasts, but I’ll be coming back soon with lots of good stuff.  Atlanta is perhaps the best city I have ever lived in.  I’ve been here a week and love it already.  If any fans or friends live in ATL please let me know so we can meet up!

My move to Atlanta comes as a sabbatical from attendinghood, returning to the learning side of it all in an Advanced Pelvic Surgery Fellowship in the department of Gynecologic Oncology at Emory University.  I hope to get some great material for surgical videos, though Emory’s policies for posting may be a bit restrictive – more research is warranted.

One of the great things about Atlanta is the incredible music scene.  Every big act plays here.  I just saw Idina Menzel tonight – just awesome.  She played Chastain Amphitheater and there was daylight for the first 2/3 of the show.  She kept saying it was making her nervous seeing all the audience watching her.  Even virtuosos get nervous.

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Healthcare “Onstage” at Disney’s Celebration Health

August 28, 2010 16 comments

I recently had a chance to visit Celebration, FL, a town initially created by the Walt Disney company as an attempt to realize Walt Disney’s original dream of EPCOT, or the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.  EPCOT was Disney’s idea of a perfect community – no crime, no unemployment, and every family with 2.3 above average children.  That perfect community was created to some extent at Disney’s EPCOT theme park, but never became what Walt really intended – perhaps because his ideal image was a little too, well, Disney.   However, long after Walt’s death a somewhat more realistic, if still a little Truman Show, version of EPCOT came to fruition – Celebration.

Celebration is a fascinating place.  In some ways it is bizarre – assuming that one has never seen a town where every lawn is mowed on the same day, there is not a speck of flaking paint, the shrubbery is all perfectly trimmed, and everything is 50% more expensive than it should be.  But in other ways, it is an amazing accomplishment – a community truly in the image of the Disney idea.  A community Onstage.  Particularly at its hospital.

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Why doctors have to pay attention the business of medicine.

August 14, 2010 1 comment
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Academic OB/GYN at ACOG!

Well folks – I’m in San Francisco at ACOG.   In addition to the dinner monday, we will be doing a fair amount of ACOG content.   Check back for daily summaries of what’s going on at ACOG, including podcasts with interviews with poster presenters and industry folks.

If anyone wants to come to the dinner monday night, please RSVP soon!  We’ve got about 16 coming so far.  Sage Healthcare is sponsoring, so come on out and enjoy some great food and drink and meet other fans of Academic OB/GYN!

Categories: ACOG ACM, Fun Stuff, General

Come meet with Academic OB/GYN fans at ACOG!

We will be having a get together for fans of the Academic OB/GYN podcast and blog at the ACOG ACM this year.  It will be at the XYZ Restaurant and Bar in the W Hotel on Monday 5/17/10 at 8 PM.  Reservations will be under Academic OB/GYN.

Please RSVP to if you plan on coming so I have an idea of how much table space we need.

Please come out and have some fun and good discussion.

Update – the dinner is now sponsored by Sage Software, makers of some of the top EMR software in the industry.  Thank you to Sage for sponsoring the Academic OB/GYN meetup!

Categories: ACOG ACM, Fun Stuff

Fail Whales and Great Web Design

March 17, 2010 1 comment

I just was trying to make a few tweets and twitter seems to be down, and I am again struck by how great the fail whale is.

Usually the emotion after a web service stops working is furious anger.  How could you do this to me you stupid site!

But not Twitter.   The Fail Whale is so calming I am almost glad when the site is down.  He looks so happy to be out of the water.  He’ll be back in soon enough firing our tweets around, but for now he’s just flying around.    How can you get mad about that?

This is an example of brilliant web design.   When the site fails, you actually enjoy it and it makes you feel peaceful.  More sites should be like this.   That is all.

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High Tech Mosquito Destruction

February 15, 2010 1 comment

This is so cool its worth sharing.  Sometimes people think so outside the box that it blows your mind.  These inventors have created a very economical laser system that finds, tracks, and kills mosquitos at a rate of 100 per second, all with parts that were purchased on eBay.  This was presented at TED in 2009 and 2010 as a potential aid in preventing malaria in developing nations.  Each of these units would only cost a few hundred dollars, and powered by batteries could eliminate mosquitoes from a large area automatically, thus preventing malaria transmission.  The system even figures out what sex each mosquito is based on wingbeat frequency, and kills only females.

Beyond use in the third world, this has potential application in developed nations as well, possibly replacing mosquito zappers forever!

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