Welcome to day #9 of my daily learning journal. With constant news and social media distractions, my goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery video each day. In addition, I plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or other piece of significant work.

This page will be posted after I’ve completed the tasks.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Eduardo Briceño How to get better at the things you care about. From ted.com site: “Working hard but not improving? You’re not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that’s work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you’re moving forward. Eduardo Briceño is a learner, leader, speaker and writer devoted to enabling a more learning-oriented world.

Eduardo Briceño’s principles and pearls explain the cause of many performance roadblocks … including my golf game! I plan to execute on his pearls in the weeks and months ahead.

2. Cataract Surgery –Resident Case Double Camera Angles – Uday Devgan MD. Uday continues to post and analyze excellent cases.

3. Journal articles – My office is filled with journals. I consume many highlights on social media (especially Twitter). Am now picking up journals on the floor of my office and home to learn ophthalmology pearls.

3A. Deák GG, Schmidt-Erfurth UM, Jampol LM. Correlation of Central Retinal Thickness and Visual Acuity in Diabetic Macular EdemaJAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(11):1215–1216. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.3848. “This viewpoint posits that the correlation between central subfield thickness and visual acuity is low and suggests that anatomical and physiologic measurements should be used to assess visual acuity as well.” Cleaning out my office and stumbled on this viewpoint. Excellent pearls for the general ophthalmologist.

Diabetes is a chronic systemic disease which can affect multiple organ systems including the eye. There are approximately 93 million patients worldwide who suffer from diabetic retinopathy. The risk for diabetic retinopathy increases the longer you suffer from the diabetes and with poorer glycemic or blood pressure control.

3B. John Deans, MD, Kathy Whitfield, MD, Alice Yang Zhang, MD, and Kenneth L. Cohen, MD. Edited By: Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH. The Case of a Teen With Nyctalopia. EyeNet Magazine, May 2020, page 37-39.

“Vitamin A deficiency is the leading pre­ventable cause of childhood blindness worldwide, but it can also occur in the developed world in patients with fat malabsorption or liver disease.5 Oph­thalmic manifestations include night blindness, xerophthalmia, and retinop­athy. Treatment is oral or intramuscular vitamin A supplementation.” A very good review of a global problem.

4. Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Many podcast hosts & guests recommend The Art of War. I read The Art of War within the last year — after picking up a copy at the Cherry Hill Library used book sale — and am delighted to re-engage with the podcast edition. Filled with leadership, management, conflict resolution, and negotiation pearls. Chapter 1 & 2 done today. (Thank you LoyalBooks.com for the free book podcasts!)

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

I hope you enjoy these selections.

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