Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Grand Rounds, Volume 6 Number 48: The "Funny" Edition

I am proud and honored to be hosting this week's grand rounds. As usual, I'm going to open with a cartoon:

And finally, Webster's Dictionary defines "grand rounds" as nothing, because it's not even in there.

I was a little worried about what kind of posts people would submit, because I've observed some people have a questionable sense of humor. When I was in med school, I was an editor for our humor magazine and someone once submitted a copy of last year's physiology exam (although admittedly, that exam was pretty funny). Anyway, I shouldn't have worried. I think we have a good mix of the goofy, the twisted, the witty, the intellectual, and... the risque.

I wouldn't want to insult anyone by saying that I'm posting these in order of how funny I found them. So let's just say, I'm not not posting them in the order of how funny I found them. Presumably, everyone will then just be confused by the double negative. After all, I am.

Most Submitted Blog

A huge number of people pointed me in the direction of Dr. Grumpy's blog. I have to say, this might be the funniest blog on the internet today. This post gives his perspective as a physician being on the other side of the drug reps. Also, check out his latest entry on Dragonisms, in which he catalogues the misinterpretations of his dirty minded voice recognition software. I'm beginning to suspect if computers ever gain consciousness, they won't be interested in taking over the world, but will probably just want to look at porn on the internet all day.

Tales of Patient Hilarity

Shrtstormtrooper describes the prototypical ER experience of yanking a bug out of someone's ear. This happened to me during internship, but since I was at a county hospital, I had the international version:

Remember how your mother told you not to eat food from the floor? But you probably did anyway? Well, Ladies' Doctor explains why you should listen to your mother. On a related note, Shadowfax also warns of the hazards of a birth control. Tell me, why are gynecological stories so hilarious?

Ugly Shoelace writes about the different types of patients, a topic that seems to be a favorite for some newbie physicians (*cough cough*). Dr. Pullen's consultant's letter that made him smile makes me recall the days of my pediatric ortho rotation, filled with toddlers who were inexplicably falling down a lot.

The Boerewors EM Chronicles recounts a frustrating patient encounter. Haven't had one of those before. Finally, Bongi's post on being blase about gunshot wounds is a very entertaining tale, even if it doesn't make you spit coffee all over your computer screen.

From Patients, With Love

There were some great humorous posts from patients. On DiabetesMine, Amy Tenderich talks about the ordeal of trying to check blood sugar on a teeny tiny countertop. This is a post about how medical equipment doesn't work as well as it should when it's not plugged in. Imagine that.

Fibroworld imagines a cartoon world in which fish could get fibromyalgia. Louise tells the story of how she avoided an urgent care visit for the all too common problem of getting a rock stuck in her kid's nose. And Dispatch From Second Base gives us an entry about breasts. 'Nuff said.

The Random

On How to Cope With Pain, there is a post about subconscious mistakes you make when you're doing too much of one field of medicine. Don't worry, it happens to all of us:

The Happy Hospitalist tackles Xtranormal video production in a post about a hospitalist dealing with the ER. Frankly, I'm not sure how Stephen Hawkings finds the time to do all these videos.

MedGadget was so overwhelmed with funny blog posts that they left to me the task of choosing one from their archives. While it may not have been the funniest post, I of course had to select their post on my absolute favorite sandwich in the world, KFC's Double Down.

(That's what happens when you leave the decision to someone with such an immature sense of humor/palate)

The always hilarious Michelle Au gives advice on five books to read before embarking on medical training (the books aren't funny, but she is). Dr. Rob has a great post in which a genie in a magic thumb drive grants him three wishes, although he's only able to come up with two. USE YOUR THIRD WISH TO FREE THE GENIE, DR. ROB!!! Did we learn nothing from watching Aladdin with our kids 10 million times?

Speaking of kids, there was a great post from KC of Mothers in Medicine comparing being a mother to being a clinical educator. Another MiM contributor wrote a post on what it means when your scrub drawstrings change color too often.

Oh, and um, here's a song or poem or something.

The Intellectual

Thanks to years of cramming information into my poor brain, I now have an attention span of about five minutes. But for those of you who enjoy kicking back with a longer, meatier entry, we've got a nice selection for you. Methodical Madness presents An Ode to Semen Analysis, which is probably the longest thing you will ever read about semen. If it isn't, well... I don't know what to say. We also have Michelle R. Wood's The Cult of Intranus, which you know is going to be funny because it has "anus" in the title. Dr. Wes has a brilliant entry about needle size vs. specialty. Of course, we all know it's not length of the needle that matters, but rather, the inverse of the gauge.

Critical Research

Of course, no grand rounds would be complete without discussing some very important research. Dr. Grumpy keeps us up to date about some shocking effects of antidepressants, while InsureBlog educates us on the results of a groundbreaking study showing that alcohol makes people look more attractive. I am so relieved that in this time of recession, we still can find money to support this critically important research. Finally, Dr. Shock presents the results of a study that shows that clowns can help treat mental illness, thus validating the work of Patch Adams.

Whew, that was a lot.

In my original post, I promised an estimate of the number of times you will go "Ha!" while reading this grand rounds. After careful tabulation, I have determined that you will go "Ha!" exactly 1,097 times. Any less and your sense of humor just sucks.

Thanks to Nick Genes and Val Jones for promoting and organizing this forum. Next week's Grand Rounds will be hosted by A Blog Around the Clock so be sure to send in your submissions.


  1. Well done, buddy, and keep up the good work yourself! Some great reading within the selections (skipped the semen stuff! LOL).


  2. I laughed, I cried, I ate a banana.

    What more could anyone ask from Grand Rounds?

    Thanks for hosting, and for including our post.

  3. If laughter is the best medicine, think of all the people you're healing today. I'm smiling already and I haven't even read any of these yet! Can't wait to settle down with it after work. And thanks for including mine!

  4. Fun stuff :)

    Thank you for including my post.

  5. Great Job, Fizz! Appreciate the interspersed cartoons and the ground meat photo. Nice touch!

  6. Just discovered the blog because of Dr. Wes, terrific job! I love your comics, they remind me quite a bit of Michelle Au's on The Underwear Drawer. I definitely wish I had that kind of talent to display on my surgical residency blog. I see a link to the COMLEX prep - am I right in assuming you are a DO? (if so, DO PRIDE!!!!)

  7. Sarada, thanks :) I'm an MD, but I'm in a very DO-dominated (or DOminated :) field: PM&R. The reason the COMLEX link is up is cuz they asked me to do link exchange when I first started the site, and I wasn't saying no to anyone then.

  8. Never knew medicine could be so funny! Thanks for your entertaining round up - loved the offbeat humor. Especially JF Kidney.

  9. Great job!! It took me a few days to find the time, but I really enjoyed reading through these!

  10. This is so funny, right now I am sitting in neurology grand rounds, and it's exactly as you describe...Parkinson's blah blah blah Lewy bodies bah blah blah...