Friday, 21 July 2017

My lost lecture on FLCs test in kidney diseases

Last year, I was honoured to give a lecture on the clinical use of the Free Light Chains test in kidney diseases. It was my first time as a presenter in one of the most popular Universities of Rome.

It was very exciting to take the stage after such a big name of Clinical Medicine as Prof Giampaolo Merlini. Fortunately, it was a success.

Many delegates asked me to share my slides, but, moving back at home, I lost my USB drive... I found it only two days ago.

So, here's my Lost Lecture 

A lecture on the use of Body Composition Monitor

A few months ago, I gave a lecture con BCM use in dialysis.
Here's the link to the slides: 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Physical examination skills and NNT: number needed to teach

A number of physical examination techniques have been abandoned because of poor reproducibility. Studies have shown that many physicians are unable to use them appropriately. Thus it seems, they simply don't work. Is this type of evidence really applicable to the teaching of physical examination?
Is there any threshold or any NNT (number needed to teach) to justify the emerging practice of omitting the teaching of this techniques?
Why shouldn't we continue to teach these techniques even if there will be only 1 of 1000 students skilled enough to perform them successfully?