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, podcast, or significant work.
Here’s today’s list:
1. Ted Talk – Shai Reshef: An ultra-low-cost college degree. “At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing “from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.”” (ted.com)
This is one of the many reasons I watch Ted Talks everyday. Just heard of University of the People and inspired by their mission to break down the financial barriers for higher education.
2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Punctured Posterior Capsule Rescue (Guest surgeon Dr. Pradip Mohanta). Dr Devgan writes in part, “During phacoemulsification of the last nuclear piece, the phaco tip touches the posterior capsule for a fraction of a second and a hole develops and vitreous prolapses. Dr Mohanta shows us how to rescue this case and produce a beautiful surgical outcome with great vision for the patient.”
2B. Glued Capsular Hook Technique (AAO 1 minute video) – “In this 1-Minute Video, Dr. Soosan Jacob introduces the glued capsular hook technique. This method allows for sutureless, fibrillin glue-assisted transscleral fixation of the capsular bag. In this procedure, the capsular hook is inserted through a sclerotomy under the scleral flap, providing intraoperative and postoperative support to the capsular bag.” Superb technique.
3. EyeNet (November 2020) – GCA, Part 1: Don’t Miss This Dx. “Giant cell arteritis, Part 1: Why you don’t want to miss this diagnosis. Plus: an update on immunologic markers and the use of tocilizumab.” Good article.
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!).
Plus, when I presented this poster at NANOS, I dined alone at the Chateau Mt. Tremblant. Seated at the next table was a neuro-ophthalmologist who regaled his friend with stories of his family’s connection to a US President. Twenty years later, I don’t remember a thing I learned studying for my OKAPs at such a fancy restaurant, but I sure do remember details of the neuro-ophthalmologist’s remarkable stories!
4. Mackool, Richard J. Phaco Tips: The First Ten Years (2002).
Reviewed phaco tips #101-120 (finished!). Phaco Tips is filled with timeless surgical pearls.
I’ve decided to giveaway a copy of Phaco Tips! See my Instagram post to enter!