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.” (ted.com)

“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. LoyalBooks.com, SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapter 4 (Sounds).