Introducing… the “Health & Medical Informatics Education in Canada” Series

May 25, 2006

For all those interested in learning more about health & medical informatics education in Canada – including myself 🙂 -, I will posting an overview of the programs offered at the following Canadian universities, every week for next four weeks:


Biomedical Engineering Mini Symposium

May 11, 2006

This might be for senior undergrads which want to consider grad schools but hey, I think they let everyone in.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

May 18th 2006
8:30 am to 12:00 pm (CHBE 101)

8:30-9:00 am Coffee and Refreshments

9:00-9:15 am Profs Ezra Kwok and Savvas G. Hatzikiriakos

  • Introductions Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering at UBC

9:15-10:00 am Dr. Robert DiRaddo Industrial Materials

  • Institute/Institut des Matériaux Industriels NRC/CNRC
  • Use of CAE in interventional medicine: angioplasty and tissue engineering

10:00-10:30 am Prof. Chun Seow (UBC)

  • Plasticity in cell structure

10:30-11:00 am Mr man Brouwer Industrial Materials

  • Institute/Institut des Matériaux Industriels NRC/CNRC
  • Haptics technology and surgical simulation

11:00-11:30 am Prof. Tom Oxland (UBC)

  • Spinal cord injury: what happens in the blink-of-an-eye?

11:30-12:00 pm Prof. Antony Hodgson (UBC)

  • Assessing and improving processes in orthopaedic and general surgery

PDA Software

May 11, 2006

PDA are used by doctors everywhere, but what kind of programs would these guys use? Well, here is a site which has a huge selection of commercial medical software and freeware for the PDAs of doctors to help them manage patients and medical students to help them learn the basics of everything!

The main categories of software includes:

  • Medical Reference
  • Drug Guides
  • Patient Tracking
  • Dictionaries
  • Calculators
  • Billing and Scheduling

There's a freeware section where you can check out some cool and commonly used medical softwares for FREE! Everyone always love that word.

Ever want to know what a Virchow's node? Why not download the free medical dictionary? How about calculating of commonly used mathematical equations of the various medical fields – get the calculator!

Transform your ordinary web camera into a motion-tracking gaming device

May 11, 2006

That's right! Thanks to PlaydoCAM™, you can now use your web camera as a motion-tracking gaming device and play games like basketball on your Mac or PC without installing any new software, just by waving your hands in the air! Click on the images below to give it a try:


Don't have a web camera? No problem, you can also watch this online demo (then run to the store and get yourself a web camera!):

And, in case you're wondering what this has to do with medicine, apparently this technology could be used in home-based training for poststroke hemiplegia.

Medical imaging to the next level

May 5, 2006


After reading articles like this, it’s easy to see that x-ray films and light boxes are clearly the thing of the past. With the use of OsiriX (a software available on the Mac, thank you very much) physicians are now able to have a much better view of the human body, allowing them to diagnose for diseases more efficiently. On top of that, they can share these images remotely to other physicians across town or around the globe. Heck, they can even view them from the comfort of their own home. The real breakthrough here is that software like this can be run using a plain jane store bought PC Mac. OsiriX In the near future, we may find these computers by the surgeon’s operating table. Through videoconferencing, a radiologist can even discuss the images with the surgeon during an actual operation.

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