Black Friday Humor

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Black Friday, the rush down the aisles at the mall might mean bargains for some, but for physicians thoughts of injuries also come to mind.  We took this image and ran a caption contest inside the Sermo community.  The doctors voted for their favorite caption.

Enjoy any shopping you might do today and maybe even some leftover turkey!

Cartoon: The Flu in School

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We occasionally have cartoon contests with the Sermo community and we wanted to share with you the latest results.  Runner up captions are below:

Caption #2:  Too late!  He went viral!

Caption #3:  Don’t let it see your iPhone, it thrives in a social medium!

Caption #4: Is that the 1918 flu around the corner? // I don’t know, he only speaks Spanish.

Caption #5: Did you know it once lived on a toilet seat for 72 hours?  True story.


Happy Halloween from Sermo

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We take a lot of things seriously here at Sermo.  Medicine is about saving lives and improving patient outcomes and our doctors are focused on that all day, every day.  But, every once in a while they like to have a little fun and Halloween is a great excuse to ask our doctors a silly question.

If you could have one organ in a jar on your desk, what would it be?  The results:

  • 41% brains
  • 27% heart
  • 22% eyeballs
  • 5% kidneys
  • 3% tongue
  • 3% liver

We did check by specialty and had a chuckle at the results.

Doctors who specialize in Neurology:

  • 85% brains
  • 12% eyeballs
  • 3% heart
  • 1% tongue

Doctors who specialize in Cardiology:

  • 73% heart
  • 11% brains
  • 10% eyeballs
  • 3% kidney
  • 2% liver

Doctors who specialize in Ophthalmology:

  • 75% eyeballs
  • 16% brains
  • 8% heart
  • 1% tongue

Doctors who specialize in Emergency Medicine:

  • 46% brains
  • 26% heart
  • 23% brains
  • 2% tongue
  • 2% liver
  • 2% kidney

Doctors who specialize in Pediatrics:

  • 45% brains
  • 25% heart
  • 21% eyeballs
  • 3% tongue
  • 3% kidneys
  • 2% liver

Not only does this show our doctors sense of humor, but it shows their loyalty to their specialties as well.  In fact, when we polled them recently, we found that physicians would choose their specialty all over again.

If you’re an M.D. or D.O. we welcome you to join the Sermo community.  Join us.

Doctor’s Share Their Favorite Labor Inducing Wive’s Tale

pregnancy bellyWhat do spicy food, castor oil, and sex have in common? They are the top three most popular labor inducing wive’s tales mentioned by our Sermo members.

We took the holiday Labor Day literally and asked our physician members to share with us their oddest obstetrics tale.  We received over 173 interesting and hilarious comments.

The five most unusual wive’s tales we heard were:

  • Riding a mechanical bull
  • Gymnastics
  • Eggplant Parmesan from Cobb. Co, GA
  • In-laws visiting
  • Shaving legs

These wives’ tales might raise an OB’s eyebrow, but some of them actually have some science, however tenuous, behind them.

Riding a mechanical bull and Gymnastics

One doctor witnessed a woman ride a mechanical bull and go into labor the next day while another doctor had a patient swing from a gymnastics pole she had installed in her room. That patient went into labor just six hours after her gymnastics routine.

How would either of these two ways induce labor? Both methods include moving the body and essentially, ‘exercising’. According to, movement to the body may start contractions by irritating the uterus.  Exercise also causes the body to become dehydrated which signals the body to produce a hormone similar to Oxytocin to preserve water in the body. This particular hormone can produce labor-like symptoms which may feel like contractions.

Eggplant Parmesan 

If you were to visit Scalinis, an Italian restaurant, located in Smyrna, Georgia, you would find nearly 300 pictures of babies along their walls. What these ‘Eggplant babies’ have in common is they were all born shortly after their mothers had eaten Scalinis’ famous Eggplant Parmigiana, a plate of breaded eggplant smothered in cheese and thick marinara sauce. There is no scientific explanation to this phenomenon but you can visit their page and read comments from more than 70 happy mothers.  Could it possibly be a simple psychosomatic trigger?

 In-laws Visiting

A few of our doctors credited visiting in-laws for accelerating their labor. Though the presence of in-laws can’t be the sole reason for inducing labor, stress can play a factor. Visiting family and in-laws have long been said to be a component of stress. Corticotropin-releasing hormones(CRH), regulates the length of pregnancy and is also a stress response released when the body is under pressure. While normal to low levels of stress may not greatly affect a pregnancy, high levels can cause premature births as reveled by a 1999 study conducted by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology measured high levels stress in early births.

Shaving Legs

One of our physicians wrote, “Shaving my legs did it for me. I was so nervous about having hairy legs. Went into labor an hour later. Must have been all the contorted positions I had to get into.”

While we could not find any evidence to support this claim, we reasoned the movements of shaving combined with unusual positions may prompt contractions.

Have you tried any of these methods? Do your own unusual or interesting story to share?  We would love to hear them! If you are an MD or D.O., we will be continuing this conversation in Sermo.

This post is not meant for medical advice. If you are seeking ways to naturally induce labor, please see your doctor for advice. 


Poll: Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

credit: IMDB.comWe had a little fun with our latest poll.  We asked our physicians, what is your favorite fictional doctor of all time?  The favorites were “Hawkeye” Pierce from “M*A*S*H,” Gregory House, MD from “House M.D.” and “Bones” McCoy from “Star Trek.”

The results are below:

  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce 29%
  • Dr. Gregory House 19%
  • Dr. Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy 15%
  • Dr. John H. Watson (Sherlock) 13%
  • Dr. Percival “Perry” Ulysses Cox (Scrubs) 9%
  • Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman 4%
  • Dr. Beverly Crusher (Star Trek, Next Gen) 4%
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll 3%
  • Dr. Kerry Weaver (ER) 1%

Both Pierce and House are flawed characters who showed their struggles with real issues as they cared for patients.  Pierce, famously dealt with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as the series final story line and House wrestled with drug addiction through part of the show.  Both men always showed a deep commitment to their patients and a commitment to giving the best care to patients.  And yes, even McCoy in his way, did the same.

For more information about PTSD and veterans, our post about what medical symptoms doctors look for in patients with PTSD is insightful.

As a physician, what do you consider compelling attributes for fictional doctors?  Do you think showing flaws is a good thing?  While we do have some lighter topics inside Sermo, about 60 percent of the discussion is about clinical and practice management topics.  If you’re an M.D. or D.O. please join us.

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