CME credits

In the western countries, I know that many websites exist where the CME credits can be obtained for free. Medscape provides such CME hours for free even for foreign doctors like us which can be obtained at the comfort of one’s residence sitting in front of the computer. Free of cost CMEs should be our top priority. In fact it is not possible for an average middle class doctor to go to distant places taking leave from work and to pay dearly for a couple of CME hours. Also the feasibility of traveling to distant places from rural areas and the discomfort of conducting a journey in overcrowded public transportation of ours should be considered. (Of course, I am not referring to doctors having their own air conditioned vehicle driven by another driver)

I would appeal to the medical fraternity to take some positive steps in this regard. My suggestions are the following.
1) MCI should recognize the online CME hours granted by reputed portals like Medscape.
2) The government should start similar portals from where any doctor can obtain CME credits for free after attending a virtual session.
3) Local IMA meetings have reputed speakers on almost every month. Such meetings should be recognized for accredited CME hours.
4) The fees charged for CMEs by various medical bodies should be checked by authorities.
5) A more lenient approach should be taken while considering accreditation of a CME for credits. Eg. It should not be insisted that the speaker must be from a teaching institution.

Need for cybersecurity policy

Computer security (also known as cybersecurity or IT security) is information security as applied to computers and computer networks.
The field covers all the processes and mechanisms by which computer-based equipment, information and services are protected from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. Computer security also includes protection from unplanned events and natural disasters. There are three core principles of cyber security:
Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability.

Cybersecurity standards are security standards which enable organizations to practice safe security techniques to minimize the number of successful cybersecurity attacks. Although USA, Germany and South Korea have well developed cybersecurity standards, India has none remarkable. The worldwide security technology and services market is forecast to reach $67.2 billion in 2013, up 8.7 percent that in 2012 and we need to brace up for the market demand.

The following are a few examples of what happens if cybersecurity is neglected:
1) Give access to commercial information that would enable a competitor to overtake us in the market
2) Personal data that is exchanged and exploited by criminals for financial gain
3) Loss or alteration of valuable stored information
4) Cyberwarfare

It is almost confirmed that the NSA of USA has been spying on almost every netizen on this planet. Cyberwarfare attempt on Syria was evident from Stuxnet a virus which made headlines after Kaspersky reported on its existence many months after it was released. Attempts to hack government websites are ongoing everyday. Websites belonging to reputed companies like Adobe has been hacked and user details exposed. Someone might steal our browser cookie and we might not even notice it. It is even hypothesized by some conspiracy theorists that foreign softwares and even hard disks might contain malicious softwares pre installed and undetected by standard security softwares.

The need for further research into this field is evident from the above mentioned scenarios.

Kubuntu with emerald theme manager and compiz

Go to synaptic and install emerald theme manager.

Open up a terminal window.
Issue the command emerald –replace
To auto start emerald while starting up, add the following to the startup application list.
Name: Emerald
Description: Emerald Startup
Command: emerald –replace

install CCSM with the command sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager.

You will find this in the General section labeled KDE Compatibility. Make sure that check box is checked.

Optionally: in CCSM change
Effects - Window decoration - value to point to emerald

But in my xubuntu the following command is what worked for me.

compiz --loose-binding --replace ccp && emerald --replace

Put the above two commands separately as the startup commands.

Century Post!

Its been a long time since I put a post in my blog. I was quite busy with many things that required more attention than this blog.In fact I was wondering what my 100th blog post would be. I would just like to say to myself the intention of creating this blog. This is just an online platform to express my opinions and thoughts and share it with unknown strangers all over the world. It is more like a public email newsletter I guess. With the advent of google wave, google buzz and other emerging technologies, I'm eager to see the changing role of a personal blog.

The real loser

It was another orthopedic case where I had to advice an elastocrepe bandage and pain killers. As usual I was about to return to my duty room when I noticed the nursing attendant put something away into the table drawer. I was curious to know what that precious item was which he was trying to keep in his posession. I opened the drawer and found the label from the empty container of the elastocrepe bandage which was used on the patient. It made no sense to me as to why a label should be stored along with other important items in the table drawer and I could not help but satisfy my curiousity by asking the attendant about it.

He was at first reluctant to answer which only fuelled my inquisitiveness and he answered sheepishly. A medical representative has offered him cash benefits for each label of the bandage which will be used to replace the labels of the free samples that the medical representative is supposed to give to the doctors for free (free samples contain the label that it is not for sale). An elastocrepe bandage costs somewhere around Rs 100 to 200 depending on the size of it.

I was wondering who the loser in this deal is. Is it the pharmaceutical company which expected the representative to deliver the free samples to promote it’s products, the doctor who could have got a couple of free stuff to please his private patients or the patients who could have got a bandage for free. I had to console myself with the conclusion that the medical representative himself is the loser who won’t be able to market his products efficiently with the orthopedicians.