The importance of perseverance
Angela Duckworth’s work suggests that perseverance is a predictor of success. During her graduate student days she created a “grit scale” which she subsequently tested throughout her career. She characterized “grit” as working hard and finishing what one begins and gives the example of Will Smith explaining in an interview that if he was in a competention on a treadmill, there would be only two outcomes: he would be the last one running or he’d die on that treadmill because he “will not be out worked.”
Email can consume hours of your day stealing opportunities to do real work. Several people have devised plans to reclaim this time, so I stole the ones that work for me.
These rules have one main goal: to respect my time and that of the receiver.
1. Keep as short as possible.
“I’m sorry to write you a long letter, as I did not have time to write a short one.”
March 14th, or π-day, this year takes on additional numerical significance. Only once in a hundred years we are able to celebrate π to its billionth decimal place.
I wonder if Galileo Galilei geeked out on 3/14/1592 6:53:59.
In other mathematically geeky news, while doing several calculations on my Mac I was longing for my old HP scientific calculator with reverse polish notation. Looking through the Mac app store at all the emulators, I decided to see if the built-in calculator app had this feature. And guess what it does.
In the View menu, you can select “RPN mode” and now you get a calculator with a stack visible 2 deep. I don’t know if this was possible in previous versions of OS X, but I love the geeks at Apple that made this happen.
Happy π-day. Now we wait for May the Fourth.
Here are four videos on Drowning. These are also cross-posted on Stella Yiu and my other site, The Flipped EM Classroom.
Drowning 01: Pathophysiology
Drowning 02: Rescue
Drowning 03: Treatment
For this online journal club, here is an article supplied by Tess on Women at Risk for Torsades de Pointes. Click the link to download it. Use the comments below to discuss.
Here is a video I had made for the EKG course on prolonged QT intervals and torsades. You may or may not find it useful.
Left Ventricular Assist Devices confused the heck out of me, so I thought I’d go through some of the anatomy and physiology of these things. Then everything seemed to make a bit more sense.
Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart… with an LVAD
I misspoke in this video. Dick Cheney did not have ‘destination therapy’ but ‘bridge-to-treatment’ therapy. He eventually got a heart transplant.
Pathophysiology of the Heart… with an LVAD
Please let me know if things don’t make sense, if they’re flat out wrong, or whatever you’d like.
Amal Mattu, who has appeared on many other posts I’ve put up here, spoke at the… well, he speaks at a lot of things. Despite being so accomplished he still comes off as being humble. Anyway, here’s a talk of his on finding your niche in academic medicine. It’s worth a listen. I usually listen to it once a year… and then procrastinate on doing anything about it.
Here’s a great case from Amal Mattu, EM EKG wizard.
Put any questions in the comments.