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Forum Filter: Simplify Cooking

Posted by medliorator on July 12, 2009


by typography: I’d like to get into cooking but all my attempts so far have been defeated by one of three things:
-Too much cleanup.
-Too much time.
-Too much equipment or too many special ingredients.
Is there a cuisine I can learn that alleviates some or all of these concerns?

Ritchie: I was going to suggest Italian, as I like being able to put together the absolute basic essentials of pasta, olive oil, and garlic (and, usually, onion) in about 15 minutes with minimal cleanup (2 saucepans and a colander)

telstar: Two cuisines spring to mind: Mexican (the original fast food) and Middle eastern(falafel, hummus), the latter tastes just as good after storing in the fridge, so you can make up a bunch and then coast on your efforts. For Mexican, I like tacos. Make and store taco components, then hunger-to-cooking-to-eating time is minimal.

Kololo: Most asian food is by definition about ‘fast cooking’. Buy pre-cut veggies (if you really want to eliminate that ‘chopping’ step), a selection of chinese-ish sauces or flavourings, and keep some sliced up protein your freezer, and you can make stir-fry or soup in less than 15 minutes, with nothing but one saucepan/frying pan/wok to clean up.

: My “not requiring thought” dinners revolve around this basic pattern: Saute onion or garlic or shallot or ginger or all three in oil. Add veg or meat or both. Add whatever spices are desired. Meanwhile, make some sort of grain or starch (Bulgar, pasta, risotto, basmati, whatever.) Combine, possibly add cheese, season well with salt and pepper.

I’m sick of scrambled eggs, but can’t deny their cooking appeal [MetaFilter]

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Guidelines for Surgical Rotation Success

Posted by medliorator on July 8, 2009

Ted Melnick, MD

If you are able to reduce a resident’s workload, he or she will likely think positively of you and will provide positive feedback to the clerkship director.

First, arrive on time. Surgical rounds occur as a team. If you are late, the whole team will be waiting for you and will be unable to round on time.

don’t draw negative attention to yourself. Especially in the operating room (OR), don’t speak unless spoken to… This also holds true on rounds. Time is limited there, so the team is trying to accomplish as much as possible as efficiently as they can. If you draw attention to yourself on rounds for anything but contributing to getting the job done, you may leave a bad impression.

How Should I Prepare for a Surgical Rotation? [Medscape]

Correlate: How to Excel on Surgical Rotation

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Practice Guidelines – Infectious Diseases Society of America

Posted by medliorator on July 7, 2009


The IDSA provides free practice guidelines that, while lengthy, are definitive.

examples include

Practice Guidelines [IDSA]

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Assessing Jaundice in Newborns – BiliTool

Posted by medliorator on July 5, 2009

BitiTool assesses the risk of hyperbilirubinemia in newborns and provides American Academy of Pediatrics’ phototherapy recommendation.  Available online and for iPhone.

BiliTool is designed to help clinicians assess the risks toward the development of hyperbilirubinemia or “jaundice” in newborns.

Required values include the age of the child in hours (between 18-168 hours) and the total bilirubin in either US (mg/dl) or SI (µmol/L) units.

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