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Another new blogger for SBM

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve found another blogger for SBM, someone who will represent a viewpoint that I think is very important: That of the physician-in-training. So please welcome Tim Kreider to the stable. Tim is an MD/PhD student at a public university in the northeast US. He never paid much mind to pseudoscience until discovering The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and other podcasts that now keep him company during long nights in lab. He practices his skeptical analysis on extracurricular lectures organized by a student interest group for integrative medicine on campus.

As a graduate student, Tim is investigating immune mechanisms in a mouse model of gastrointestinal helminth infection. As a medical student, he has no idea what specialty to pursue and would love advice. He loves to teach math and science and hopes to pursue a career in medical academia.

We’re very happy to have Tim on board. Given that one of my concerns is the infiltration of pseudoscience into the medical school curriculum, I consider it essential to have a medical student on board to give that perspective. Because of his academic load, Tim will be blogging only once a month, although I do hope to tease a little more out of him, as long as it doesn’t jeopardize his education.

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11 thoughts on “Another new blogger for SBM

  1. HCN says:

    Welcome, Tim!

    We don’t bite, much. ;-)

    And I do admire you for trying this while in med school. I am a grad school dropout, but that was only in aerospace engineering (while working full-time). I can’t imagine the pressure you are under (yes, I have listened to the Skeptics Guide to the Universe when Dr. Novella talks about his weird sleep paralysis dreams/experiences while being sleep deprived during medical school!).

  2. Mjhavok says:

    Welcome Tim.

  3. …infiltration of pseudoscience into the medical school curriculum

    Oh no! Don’t tell me that anti-intellectualism has broken out of the education schools and infected medical education, too!

    Sigh.

    Welcome, Tim.

  4. Dr Benway says:

    Good on ya, Tim! I hope you’re skepticism toward CAM means the shruggies at our med schools are waking up.

    I just started listening to the Skeptics Guide to the Universe a few weeks ago. So many lulz! Steve and the Rogues now feel like old friends.

    I secretly hope SGU becomes a cult hit that gets picked up by Public Radio International for jillions of dollars. It then eclipses Car Talk as NPR’s most poplular show. And all that money and energy behind reason and honesty changes everything.

  5. marilynmann says:

    Welcome, Tim. I just sent you a friend request on Facebook.

    Marilyn Mann

  6. Joe says:

    Welcome, Tim.

  7. Tim Kreider says:

    Thanks everyone! I look forward to your comments on my first post tomorrow.

  8. daedalus2u says:

    Welcome Tim, some of your published work intersects with my research interests in neurodevelopment changes due to immune system activation in utero. I am coming at it through the NO pathways (which I think are final common pathways for many cytokine mediated effects) but more through NO from non-NOS sources. I am working with commensal bacteria which take ammonia and urea on the skin and turn it into NO and nitrite. I think these bacteria are another agent of the hygiene hypothesis which are removed by bathing.

  9. tmac57 says:

    Dr Benway:”I secretly hope SGU becomes a cult hit that gets picked up by Public Radio International for jillions of dollars. It then eclipses Car Talk as NPR’s most poplular show. And all that money and energy behind reason and honesty changes everything.”
    From your lips (bytes?) to the head NPR in charge’s ears. I second that motion ( although I love Click and Clack I must admit).

  10. Dr Benway says:

    Click and Clack do their part for critical thinking in an entertaining format.

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