New Years Resolutions

As you can see, mine included blogging again. Fortunately, I'm in a brief research hiatus from surgical residency, so for the next year or so, I actually have some free time. Today I was inspired to start by the Huffington Post of all things, and with good news!

I realized that one of the biggest obstacles to blogging while being a resident was how difficult it is to read outside of work when you're being overworked. After a 14 or 16 hour day, or 30 hour call, the last thing I wanted to do was do more analysis of information, make more decisions, or think at all. I read a lot of Terry Pratchett, not so much the New York Times. Now with free time, and more importantly, free brain time, I can read scientific journals again (although now Archives of Surgery is in the mix) and newspapers, and even blogs without the nagging feeling I should be sleeping or tomorrow will suck. Since starting research about 6 months ago I've read (or listened to) about 60 books, and actually feel like I'm having an interesting thought or two again. Like, how will I ever go back to being in the OR again when research time is so freaking great? The answer: surgery is even more awesome, but the cost of that awesomeness is Pain. Yes, the capital P is intentional.

More to follow.

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Glad to have you back in the blogosphere.

I think Orac will be happy to have another Doc around these parts again, especially if you take on some medical quackery along with any denialism topics.

By Paul Hutch (not verified) on 05 Jan 2012 #permalink

Great to have a new post! Denialism blog has long had some of my favourite reference posts, and it'll good to no longer have to refer to it as inactive.

You guys have some of the best stuff around. It's always a treat when you give us something new. Thanks!

Welcome back!

Welcome back. I definitely missed you including your serie on surgery.


By Autistic Lurker (not verified) on 06 Jan 2012 #permalink

Great to see you back!

I added you to my RSS feeder, so don't let me down! :) Love your analysis and comments. Cheers.