While it may not be evident from the rest of my home page, I am actually a licensed, board-certified pediatrician. Even though my current fellowship takes up most of my time, I do occasionally see patients on the weekends at Longwood Pediatrics, a private practice which is located directly across the street from Children's Hospital Boston.
Clicking on the calculator to the left will take you to a page containing several medical resources I have created. They range from a growth chart plotting program for Macintosh OS X to a web-based pedatric emergency drip sheet calculator. They are probably most useful to medical personnel but may also be of interest to the general public.
I completed my 3 year pediatric residency training program in 2002. Needless to say, it was no walk in the park. For those of you who have never been through the trials and tribulations of residency it's hard to describe. Thankfully, rather than having to go through the trouble of doing that myself, the New York Times has done a great job of doing just that. In 1999 the New York Times published a series of articles about medical residencs entitled Life, Death, and Managed Care. If you want a small taste of what it was like, you might want to read them. My own residency was certainly challenging enough. Here's a few stats in case you're interested:
Even before my residency training, life was not a cake-walk. Medical school took its own toll in terms of time and sleep. While the first two years were primarily classroom-oriented, the last two years were almost entirely patient-care oriented. During the third year of med school we rotate on the major medical services such as medicine, pediatrics, surgery, psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn). Once during my Ob/Gyn rotation I kept track of what I was doing at various times during a single shift. By clicking on the link or on the picture to the left, you can read what I did during that shift. I wrote it to try to convey what I did during one of my call-nights at the hospital, since people kept asking me what we did all the time.
Clicking on the image to the left will take you to a link that is not associated with my own web page. It will take you to some pages about Andreas Vesalius who made some fascinating anatomical drawings almost 500 years ago. While the images may seem somewhat bizarre or morbid, I do find them extremely well done.