Protecting Sight #68: The cost of work stress & the search for mindfulness. Found my NANOS 2000 residency poster on giant cell arteritis.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Rob Cooke – The cost of work stress — and how to reduce it. “By some estimates, work-related stress drains the US economy of nearly 300 billion dollars a year — and it can hurt your productivity and personal health too, says wellness advocate Rob Cooke. He shares some strategies to help put your mental, physical and emotional well-being back at the forefront.” (

“Stress” was a rite of passage & part of pre-med, medical school & residency training game. I wish the physical and spiritual cost of stress was addressed during the long journey. I enjoyed this Ted Talk and especially the nod to mindfulness and mastery of the mental game … something I need to find time to do more of!

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Resident Case: improve stop-and-chop – The world tour of cataract surgery techniques continues.

3A. Journal article – Neoh PF, Tai ELM, Ahmad Tajudin LS. A Woman With Confusion and Blurred Vision. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(5):585–586. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.4592

3B. JAMA INSIGHTS – Clinical Update – Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis. Buttgereit F, Matteson EL, Dejaco C. JAMA. Published online August 19, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.10155.

This is well worth the quick read and especially for ophthalmology colleagues.

And I’ve been interested in Giant Cell Arteritis since seeing a patient with a cotton wool spot during my first year of residency (1998-1999) which turned out to be temporal arteritis. I later assembled five cases with the help of neuro-ophthalmologists Vivian Rismondo, MD and Neil Miller, MD. An honor to present at the NANOS meeting in Montreal 2000! (20 years ago!).


4. Book Chapter – Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau., SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapter 4 (Sounds).

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