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Medical qualification consensus

I have been concerned for some time by the appropriate time lapse needed for the formation and qualification of physicians. It is always quite long but how long should it be? In parallel to this question another not less important view arises about a standard “medical qualification consensus”. The latter view proposes that there should not be a difference in the medical knowledge and training skills among all doctors. I remember the “difficult” time I had in my medical courses when there were a lot of things to understand, memorize, and interpret and to fear from.

I did not by that time know that there could be a problem in the learning process and what it could be except that I was always tired and life could just lose its delight; I am a future doctor! The door is thus open for each one, medical student, to build and adopt personal idea and trace an “emergency exit” for such apparent medical career crisis. Some sought a solution in simply memorize to preserve a respected position as a university staff member as best thing among all bad options. Some others diverted to international certificates for both recognition and enhancement. The third group made every possible effort to escape the GP label to a specialist or assistant specialist title. In many of those examples the solution was almost superficial and cosmetic. The outcomes of the medical service provided by many medical colleagues are, therefore, almost random and the learning curves are quite flat too. The typical query: doctors are guilty or victims?

The proposal for an efficient and working medical formation may find its success in a well designed medical qualification consensus. There could be no more need to read whole books or to sprain your mind to memorize “a line” within the covers of several hundred pages book just because it may come in a question. The consensus should be laid down and agreed upon by notable and experienced scholars and practicing physicians such that a whole subject, e.g. physiology, may not exceed 50 pages in its neatest and leanest form. A subject like anatomy, e.g., should not be such frustrating for a green student mind with all details in one menu, but rather served in pieces that are totally clinically and research-wise relevant. In this regards building models and simulations and encouraging learning maps and subjective imagination should be also very helpful.

You have not learned it unless …

you have not learned it unless

How much time does it take us to learn a certain rule, a law or a fact? And how often we would forget it? One would find an excuse for unusual forgetfulness in the too much terminology or the apparent complexity of such fast forgettable rule or topic. Here, I would try to answer this question: You have not learnt it unless…?

As a constant provision for those who wish to learn many things, as many as they could, is that one cannot and should not learn everything. From the good things, that are apparently beneficial, e.g. sports, languages, manual work, etc., one can choose things that suit his/her learning abilities. On the other hand, one should avoid every bad thing, e.g. saying bad words, telling lies, etc., that apparently would harm rather than benefit.

1- You have not learned it unless you have a successful model.

E.g. there are many attempts to have a model for the structure of the atom; Thomson, Rutherford, Bohr, Schrödinger, .. So the model shaping is important.

2- You have not learned it unless you say it mathematically.

E.g. Mendel could express mathematically the hereditary process for the first time in human history in the garden peas. Mendel’s laws, thence, opened the door to Genetics and Molecular Biology.

3- You have not learned it unless you know its zero and its maximum.

E.g. the different scales for measuring temperature depend on defining a zero point (melting of ice is the 0°C) and a maximum point (boiling of water at 1atm is the 100°C). The absolute temperature scale (Kelvin, K) resides on values that can be extrapolated in the gas laws; 0°C = 273K, or 0K = -273°C.

4- You have not learned it unless you have a scale.

E.g. a famous statement by Niels Bohr (as far as I could remember): “Everything that can be measured is present” or “Everything that is present can be measured”.

5- You have not learned it unless you are aware of its reverse.

Obviously, we would not learn about light in the absence of the darkness.

6- You have not learned it unless you see it.

E.g. the dispersion of white light into its seven colors by a prism is a striking experiment for this fact.

7- You have not learned it unless you make it yourself.

E.g. the art of paper folding, Origami, is very difficult to learn through watching. Step by step self-making is much more feasible.

8- You have not learned it unless you pass it out.

E.g. some knowledge is made much easy to learn and remember by passing it out, e.g. language grammar.

9- You have not learned it unless you see it from above.

Human moral and ethical faults or defects are not completely overcome unless one could avoid and forgive them as appropriate.

10- You have not learned it unless you think you should learn it.

A white hair

Sparkling in the dark is a white hair,

Charming with brightness here and there,

Like a note of honor and shine of mercy;

A gift that gave time with flair.


The calm sea of peaceful treasure,

Wonderful and wealthy at every measure.

Notable for cheer and surprise,

Decent and wise.


Sparkling lovely is a white hair;

That the dark and light seen together.

The doubt then flew in despair,

But hope remains lively forever.

Formulating reading and designing of learning maps

formulating reading
Reading texts is one of the most joyful skills of humans. The pleasure and engagement that one has on reading a text depend on some factors, among which are the interest in the topic, the fineness of the language, the accepted logic and the style of the writer. The more the reader is aware of such factors the greater his/her joy or inconvenience is. In this respect plays reading of well written texts an important role in fulfilling this high humanistic skill and establishing a good industry of writing.

Written texts, even those of pure scientific purpose, contain much superfluous words and phrases that are put inevitably by the writer to confer a sort of subjectivity to the text like a fingerprint. Accordingly, reducing the size of the text would be sometimes necessary and courageous task to save much time in picking pearls of knowledge from the terribly tangled jungles of talented and attractive writers, even if sometimes this text reduction be on the expense of the magnificent writing style.

Formulating reading and designing of learning maps are the concern of not only students who have to go through hundreds or thousands of papers to pass a graduation exam or to present a seminar, but also everybody who would communicate with written texts and who wishes to adapt to a typical literate society and culture.

Love is made

Love is a sweet sensation that makes every burden and effort as pleasant and joyful as wandering in a beautiful green park with trees and perfumed fresh air. Love is a basic need for everyone, a feeling of being precious, unique and wonderful to somebody. It means also a vision of beauty, peace and perfection everywhere. I think that successful and great people have all experienced great love as they were inspired their amazingly fine visions. In this regard, a rule may prove right that is the more one loves, the better and finer one becomes.

Love is not gifted or found. It would then be a matter of chance whether one loves or not or whether one is loved or not.  But love is to be made and looked after in all consciousness and with all care and for all the time. Waiting for a reward for one’s love by being loved back is a shallow idea about love. This is because the direct and soon reward for love is that satisfaction and relief one has on making an obscure love evident. Being loved back is quite unforeseen and may need long times to ensue. Love expression is a skill that one should discover, learn and further. It entails many characters and principles like praising high morals, faith, respect, courage, and self-confidence.

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