Quick Update: Life Progress Report

imageSorry sorry.  As per my usual self, I’ve been terrible at keeping in touch with everyone (esp. grandma; sorry grandma!)  But just in case you are interested in what’s up with me, here is a brief update across the board:

Tried Carrot this morning.  Abuse is awesome.  Also tried Yoga Studio.  Not bad at passive-aggressively telling I am no longer quite as bendy as I used to be, but felt very good.  Prefer Carrot’s more direct abuse.  (Thanks Mary!)

JoMI (jomi.com) is now officially two years old (entering the terrible twos?). MGH, Harvard Medical School, UCSF, Stanford, and a number of others have renewed and I keep running into people who have seen our videos, so we are now prepping to move to the next stage.  Fun fact:  Continue reading

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A Judicial Reality Check

SLAMThings had to get worse before they have a chance to get better.  At some point, however, they get so bad that it’s time for the pendulum to swing back in the other direction.  I think we may have reached that point.

This is a follow-on letter to Judge Hogan and Judge Leibensperger I sent last week:

http://bit.ly/jove-­hogan-­2015-­04-­01

The full package is here (the document not valid were attached to Fitzpatrick’s “oppositions”, which I need to scan in as he hasn’t sent them to me by email).

Summary: what is happening should be completely unacceptable to all of us: what is happening is an embarrassment for us all (Judges violating Constitution, pro se bias, etc.).  Therefore, as you are Judges, it is your responsibility to intervene.

Let’s see what happens next.

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Pre-Trial Status and Motion To Dismiss Hearing Yeah What…

judge what.After 2 reschedules, had a hearing yesterday with Judge Hogan.  Here is my plan for what was said (feel free to comment/contribute) and there is an audio transcript for the hearing that I might get later.

Focus according to Judge: status hearing, motion to dismiss.

Focus according to me: system is broken, do something

And then… Continue reading

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Tufts Hackathon: But1 – Outcomes-Based Learning System

But1_schematicHackathon: http://tuftsmedstart.com/

Problem: Students have a lot of resources available to them.  Which resources should they use to optimize their learning?

Solution: But1 (http://but1.co) – a site > syllabus > learning units, which consist of learning modules (as provided by external publishers) and assessment modules (as provided by But1).  Students take assessments after learning, thereby giving them an idea of how well they know the material, how they are progressing with respect to other students, and system can assess efficiency of educational resources.

I should note that the naming of But1 was the fastest and strangest naming process I’ve had to date.  Behold: Continue reading

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MGH/MIT/Samsung Hackathon: Skin Diagnostics

CaptureAnother hackathon I did recently ran by MGH, MIT Hacking Medicine, and Samsung.  I joined Vlad Ratushny‘s team to try to use the new Samsung Galaxy phone’s oximeter to do skin diagnostics.  Specifically, to tell benign conditions, from cellulitis, from necrotizing fasciitis, which, for lack of a better expression, is really scary sh*t.  Anyway, the PPT is here and below.  Continue reading

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AthenaHealth Hackathon: OTF / Outcomes Tracking Firm

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 11.52.31 PMWhen I started working on JoMI, my mind was blown by the state of medicine – and not in a good way.  I found particularly troubling that it’s impossible to get the batting average for your physician – for all the talk of outcomes, I expected to be able to ask the question: which physician would offer me the highest probability of the most desirable outcome? Continue reading

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My Friends On Gaza and Israel: the Tragic Mistake

image I am deeply disturbed by posts that some of my FB friends, some with education and significant influence on those around them.  In these posts they are deeply critical of Israel in a manner I think to be damaging to everyone – especially Palestinian civilians.

To these friends, I’d like to raise two issues:

A) it’s not 2 players, but 4: 1) Israeli civilians, 2) Palestinian civilians, 3) Israeli government, and 4) Hamas.  All of the civilized world agrees that civilian death is tragic and should be avoided as much as possible.  In addressing the ongoing conflict, it is important not to conflate Palestinian civilians with Hamas.  Israel does not target Palestinian civilians and every civilian death is a tragedy.  Hamas targets Israeli civilians and, if they had the means, would destroy as many as they can.  Worse yet, they seek to kill their own civilian population for PR purposes. If you watch nothing else, watch this video of Hamas placing children next to a rocket launcher.  Per Huffington Post – it is time for moral clarity.

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