Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Issue 6: Karma, part three

The Karma mini-series wraps up with Ed coming to a revelation about his place in the world of medicine. Anish learns a valuable lesson about life.

Addressing Specific Issues:
We would like to thank all of our readers who have followed our little project over the years. We hope we have shed some light on the profession of medicine in an unconventional, but hopefully, entertaining manner. All of the members of the Medthics team have now graduated and are pursuing residency training.

I would like to thank Drs Chiu, Garg, Lee, Patel, Pinto, and Tchaikov for their countless hours spent posing in front of the camera.

Please stay tuned for further developments of Medthics in the near future as I hope to continue thisseries well into the years to come.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Issue 5: Karma, part two

Welcome Back!
After a one year hiatus, Medthics is pleased to return to the world wide web and our devoted reading public.

Issue five continues where the last issue finished off as we learn the fate of Dr. Garg. Meanwhile, Anish's behavior is beginning to parallel an all too familiar clinician. Ed, the medical student, is beginning to show great potential as a clinician, but how are his mentors going to affect his attitudes towards patients?

Addressing Specific Issues:
1) Where has Medthics been the past year?

2) Are the rumours true that Medthics is ending?

We'd be happy to answer any questions that might be brought up in a post.


Monday, July 2, 2007

Issue 4: Karma, part one

Over the next three issues, the stories of Medthics take a unique turn as each character will undergo a change by the end of the story arc. The fourth issue begins with the introduction of two new patients and an exploration into the dynamics between the allied health professionals and our clinicians.

Addressing Specific Issues:
1) "You don't want to bring your work home with you"

2) Professionalism. Hypocrisy, idealism, or reality?

3) What happens when THEY become the sick?

We'd be happy to answer any questions that might be brought up in a post.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Medthics Graphic Novel Convention

On Thursday, March 22, 2007, meet the creators and stars of Medthics!

University of Western Ontario, Medical Science Building, MS193 A-D
London, ON

12:30 pm

Free autograph signing session following guest appearances.

RSVP your intent to attend and reserve your own personal autograph from Shashank Garg, "Dr. Garg"

- harmon

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Issue 3: Today's Special

In our third issue, we are introduced to the attending physician, Dr. Robin Pinto. Meanwhile, Anish the senior resident, reveal his views towards his co-workers and towards the profession.

Addressing Specific Issues:
1) What is a good doctor?

2) What is a bad doctor?

We'd be happy to answer any questions that might be brought up in a post.


Friday, January 26, 2007

Issue 2: Don't Worry

In our second issue, our clinicians (Dr. Garg and Anish) are joined by a new junior medical student (Ed). The trio encounter a comatosed patient.

Addressing Specific Issues:
Rather than directly state the issues present in our story, we thought we would list a series of points for our reading audience to consider and then allow them to form their own opinions:

1) Demeanor towards the patient

2) Physician nurse interactions

3) Breaking bad news to the family

4) Learning to do medical procedures

We'd be happy to answer any questions that might be brought up in a post.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Issue 1: Trial of Error

In our first issue, we are introduced to some of the leading characters of Medthics. Dr. Garg, the attending physician of a medical ward, Anish, the senior resident physician, and Harmon, the junior medical student. The hierarchy of the characters are established and we are given insight into the behavioral interactions of our characters amongst each other and towards their patients.

Addressing Specific Issues:
Our first issue has received some feedback from readers and as author of this particular story, I'd like to take the time to clarify some issues brought up.

1) Pneumothorax?
At the end of the story, the junior medical student confesses to having caused a pneumothorax in the patient.

What is a pneumothorax?
A pneumothorax is an unnatural air space surrounding the lung usually due to some form of trauma (like a knife stab wound to the chest) which causes air to rush in during inhalation and restricts the lung from expanding (this can be fatal since a person would be unable to breath.)

A pneumothorax can also be inadvertently caused by the removal of a chest tube (chest tubes can be used to drain excess fluids surrounding the lungs). The removal of a chest tube (if not timed properly with an air tight seal) can allow for the opportunity for air to rush through the preexisting hole thus causing the pneumothorax.

2) What is ethically wrong with the events in the story?
As the title of these series of stories indicate, Medthics is intended to address issues pertaining to ethics in the medical field. We've had readers state that there isn't a clear ethical "problem" presented in the story.

While it would be more characteristic to discus about issues pertaining to the "classical" topics of abortions and euthanasia, ethical scenarios in medicine are rarely so blatantly obvious. In fact, many of the so-called classical examples of unethical behavior as portrayed in popular media are often over-exaggerations of subtle behaviors of a clinician that is taken in the wrong context and blown out of proportion. This makes for excellent drama, but is hardly realistic.

What I tried to portray in this particular issue are subtleties of clinician behavior that are more attuned to what actually occurs in the real clinical world.

Had this story been written from the patient's brother (Rohit) point of view, then the emphasis would have been placed on the attending's (Dr. Garg) untimely choice of answering his cell phone while breaking bad news and the subtle apathetic social gestures that might be conveyed to the brother and fellow clinicians.

Yet, this story is seen from the junior medical student's point of view and as such, the behavior of the attending is seen as simply one of many events that the medical student witnesses. The day simply moves on. The emphasis of the story, thus, is focused on the medical student's doubt at the ending of the story in which he is unable to convey his feelings to his lay friend about the path of being a doctor.

Thus, what I've tried to illustrate is what actually occurs rather than a stylized version of what MIGHT occur.