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TheFatMan last won the day on October 6 2020

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  1. Not to go back in time too much, but I thought I'd share this article I read today that I thought did a great job of explaining some of the new data coming out, what we can expect post vaccination, what is 'probably' okay to do afterwards, and how to communicate that with our patients. TL;DR: "And while most people are still unvaccinated, the vaccinated should be thoughtful about protecting those who haven’t had a chance at the vaccines yet. But those reminders shouldn’t drown out an accurate understanding of the fact that the vaccines are really effective." https://www.vox.com
  2. There are 3.7 cases of TTP per million people per year in the US. We've now given ~20 million doses with 1 known case of TTP (that I know of) following vaccination. Could it be related? Maybe, but I'd think we'd see a pattern of cases that is higher than the normal baseline rate of cases. You could also manipulate the data to show that the vaccine decreases your chances of getting TTP. Does it really? Probably not, but who knows. EDIT: There have been nearly *50 million* doses administered in the US, making TTP even less likely to be caused by the vaccine.
  3. VAERS isn't data. It is consolidated anecdotes. I read some of them as well. Some of the smash hits were "cut my head," and "patient in hospice died one week after vaccine." Someone once described turning into the incredible hulk after a flu vaccine and it was accepted.
  4. Most programs only put time limits on science prerequisite courses. I would be surprised if they cared about when you took English or humanities, but if a program doesn't specify it on their website you should just email them personally.
  5. Regarding the Moderna vaccine: "...we observed a decrease in titers of neutralizing antibodies against the B.1.351 variant and a subset of its mutations affecting the RBD. In serum samples obtained 1 week after the participants received the second dose of vaccine, we detected reductions by a factor of 2.7 in titers of neutralizing antibodies against the partial panel of mutations and by a factor of 6.4 against the full panel of mutations." Thankfully, it looks like there was no change in neutralizing antibodies against B1.1.7 and B.1.351 isn't spreading very quickly yet. Would be goo
  6. I'm planning on look into this more this weekend and will try to look at other people's opinions/arguments on this. I see Vinay Prasad wrote an article opposing continued masking, and although he has been somewhat of an outlier for most of the pandemic I have a lot of respect for him. Looks like ZDogg also made a video about it which will probably be entertaining and informative. Not sure how much more there is out there, though. Anyone have any other sources to look at? @rev ronin I'm not sure what your argument is other than vaccines are effective, its on us to provide evidence for con
  7. You just need to have a long discussion with your family. Moving for school is possible, but every individual situation is different. Some couples temporarily separate (geographically) for school, and on the other hand many of my classmates only applied to one school. UW Madison also has a distance option.
  8. How are you studying right now? I highly recommend you look into spaced repetition and using an app like Anki (free). More info here, here, and here. Basically, it is a free flashcard app that has spaced repetition built into it. There are many, many free pre-made anatomy decks as well including labeled cadavers.
  9. I think it can be confidently said that masks and social distancing don't suck. Link to 70 mask studies showing benefit Nature article on mask effectiveness "wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission" "Face mask use by the primary case and family contacts before the primary case developed symptoms was 79% effective in reducing transmission" Another epidemiological study Carnegie Mellon article social distancing works (and dramatically) Both shelter-in-place orders and closures
  10. Best to ask the individual programs you want to apply to. There will be a good degree of variability but many programs don't require genetics.
  11. n=1 but I briefly worked at one of the trauma centers in Chicago (Rush doesn't have their own trauma center). They didn't have PA students but they did have med students. The med students, from what I saw, basically brought the patients to CT and observed in the OR. They did very little hands on patient care. There were too many residents for the students to get much first hand experience. Again, this is just one of the level 1s, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was much variability among the centers.
  12. What Mike said. To quote someone from early in the pandemic, "we can rebuild the economy, but we can't resurrect people." I see how requiring masks is costing hospitals/the government money, and I even saw that more shortages are coming. I also know that another surge in cases that leads to lockdowns will cost a hell of a lot. However, I genuinely do not understand what individuals choosing to purchase and wear their own masks has to do with cost or harm. I'm not being snarky here - really want to know what I might be missing. Masks are readily available and affordable. There are now
  13. Not going to get into the effectiveness of masks and transmission - I think that has been covered enough. I think it is reasonable to assume that our vaccines aren't effective for the new variants until we know more about it. I understand that there isn't evidence to think that they won't be effective right now, but I'd say an abundance of caution would be useful if it means avoiding a disaster (especially with such a small intervention). I don't think it would take very long to figure out whether they work - I haven't been following it too closely lately but I think I saw something about
  14. To add to this, we don't know how effective these vaccines are for the new variants....Which I would argue is a good reason to continue wearing a mask. There are plenty of anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, and large gatherings that will continue to help drive mutation so making is still important.
  15. Despite everything that is going on with the profession and the world, it is terrific to hear stories like this. What you do matters.
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