Same-old, Same-old Grand Rounds

“The student begins with the patient, continues with the patient, and ends his studies with the patient, using books and lectures as tools, as means to an end.” — Sir William Osler, Aequanimitas, 1905 Keywords:  grand rounds, incontenentia pigmenti, VGRD, academic medicine, continuing medical education, CME I recently attended a regional Dermatology Grand Rounds held at an academic medical center.  The first such meeting I attended was over 45 years ago.  The recent program featured live patient viewing of around 20 people with a variety of unusual skin disorders.  Around 150 – 200 dermatologists were present.  It started with a 1.5-hour patient-viewing during which we all trooped around the clinic … Continue reading


Grand Rounds Circa 1990

Mens sana in corpore sano —Juvenal My Road to Ground Rounds—and the Results! By H. J. W. Abstract:  These are the recollections of an 84 year-old man who was presented at Grand Rounds 22 years ago.  He had dermatomyositis at time.  His observations are important as they reflect on the academic activity and also the evolution of one man’s experience with dermatomyositis. Keywords:  dermatomyositis, grand rounds, illness narrative, academic medicine, pruritus, Massachusetts General Hospital Twenty years ago when my glass shower door came off its track, I had a hard time lifting it back into place. “Am I getting weaker?” I thought. My upper body itched. I had no pep, … Continue reading

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