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05-20-2012, 09:53 AM
As medical students we tend to think that logging in countless hours and mastering concepts will be enough to suffice for the majority of illnesses and diseases that we will come across in our scope of practice. But low and behold our little minds will once be thwarted with the continued necessity of learning new material and keeping up with advances in medicine well beyond the basic sciences of medical school. As future physicians, we will need to be aware of the ever constant change in medicine when it comes to providing services to our patients, the public and the profession as a whole.
The American Medical Association has deemed this topic continuing medical education or (CME) for short. Many medical schools have adopted this ideology which is why we see it as early as basic medical sciences in our medical career. For some, this is one of the basic criteria that deem a medical school valid and up to date in modern terms. At St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine, CME has been an integral part of our learning and has been incorporated in our curriculum since semester. Sure, we cringe at another schedule change or an increased work load in our already jam packed days of lecture but St. Martinus University has gotten good at being able to squeeze another hour here or there in order to maximize our learning experience. We have had a total of four CME lectures since the beginning of our spring 2012 semester.
On February 23rd 2012, St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine hosted Dr. A**** who has been a general surgeon for approximately 30 years. Dr. A**** discussed insight into the life of a resident post completion of the MD program. He also laid the foundation of transitioning and getting ready for a residency program of oneís choice. The shear word of residency seems so far off for us but many of us enjoyed the reality of its coming and clearing up many common misnomers in regards to dealing with the process. On March 6th 2012, St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine hosted yet another practicing physician from Europe, Dr. P*** V***. Dr. V*** is a renowned urologist and a fellow of the European board of urology. In addition, he is a member of the Dutch urological society under which is currently practicing at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Leiderdorp, Netherlands. Dr. V*** gave a presentation involving the general practices of urology and regulations pertaining within the European Community. Adding humor with a touch of passion behind what he did for a living, Dr. V***ís presentation was met with much enthusiasm and relevance in regards to the many new techniques that he had presented. Within the same month on March 20th, we had another guest lecturer who was the brother of the previous lecturer. Dr. P*** V*** is a world-renowned general and trauma surgeon who is currently the head of the trauma division at Albert Schweitzer. He has been with Albert Schweitzer for the last twenty years in addition with numerous other medical groups worldwide. Dr. V*** spoke about the past, present, and the future of bone fracture surgery. The lecture was a real eye opener into how far we have come with technology in order to help reduce morbidity rates with these types of procedures. Dr. V*** also brought in various instruments to show us. It was truly interesting and quite inspiring in how which instruments and techniques that were once considered cutting edge are now considered obsolete. On April 12th 2012 we had a guest lecturer who was a parent of one of our own students at St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. T*** P*** is a Psychiatrist who came to talk to us about the correlation between Lyme disease and autism in a very young patient that she had been treating. Dr. T** P*** emphasized on how as future physicians, we need to be able to listen to our patientís families as well and not be so quick to disregard their opinions. She made it very clear that a disease that the parents believed the child had acquired remained undiagnosed and could have been the underlying cause of the autism. It was a real eye opener into how the public views physicians and even the littlest of mistakes are scrutinized and given very little tolerance.
Our experience with CMEs at St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine has been a new one that has started recently but has become a solid part of our educational experience. I must say personally that the school has been headed in the right direction as far as enriching our experience in the basic sciences. We are exposed early to different specialties within the field and can learn to appreciate the need to embrace becoming lifelong learners so that we will be able to keep up and give back to the demanding field of medicine.

05-21-2012, 03:19 PM
Does any one has any info on the lecture on bariatric surgery

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