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Maimi’s Most Unusual Attractions

There’s a lot to love about Miami: let’s face it. It’s an infamous city with warm weather, lush vegetation, cruise ships galore, world-class shopping, some of the finest supercars on the planet, award-winning cuisine and top-notch sports (just to name a few). In fact, many of the exhibits which people see in Miami revolve around these core genres of luxury. Even Art Basel, which hosts some of the world’s best artists, to the Ultra Music Festival that hosts the hottest Electronic Dance Music, Miami is at the forefront of many popular areas of life for many people. Yet there is another side of Miami which represents more unique and unusual facets that are largely unexplored.

The Avocado Wine Vineyard

Schnebly Redland Vineyard, unbeknownst to many Miamians, is first and foremost the Southernmost vineyard in the continental United States. Some of the less far out wines made at Schnebly Redland include mango wine, coconut wine, and passionfruit wine, yet they also incredibly make avocado wine! Set in an idyllic tropical paradise of flowing fountains and bountiful palm trees, this winery includes a restaurant and wine tastings for under $13 per person.

Jai Alai

Most people looking for their sports fix in Miami typically head over to a Heat basketball game, Dolphins football game or a Marlins baseball game. Yet one of the most tantalizing and unusual games that go mostly unheard of in Miami is “jai alai.” Originating in Spain’s Basque country, this insanely fun sport hurls leather balls much faster than baseball with an average speed of 150 miles per hour! Guinness World Records actually recognized this sport as the fastest game (which uses a ball) on the planet. A fatal competition which once took the life of one of the sport’s best players from a blow to the head, jai alai came to the states from Cuban and Mexican players who emigrated here. Now utilizing helmet and other protection, this most unusual sport is entertaining to watch with a beer in hand.

The Venetian Pool

The Venetian Pool at Coral Gables is the only pool on the National Register of Historic Places. It is drained, cleaned, and refilled every single day! This most unusual spot in Miami is beautifully fun and certainly worth checking out!

Originally published on Dr.Colin Knight.org

Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida

Education and Career Roadmap to Becoming a Pediatric Surgeon

Pediatric surgeons specialize in operating on children, ranging from newborns who are born with congenital disabilities to adolescents. Pediatric surgeons will also work with the families of patients to counsel them on how to treat diseases, manage symptoms, and go through recovery.

Becoming a pediatric surgeon starts with graduating from high school and applying to a university.

Undergraduate Studies
Before medical school, aspiring pediatric surgeons must first earn a bachelor’s degree. There is no undergraduate major requirement for med school, but there are several degrees that give pre-med students the educational background they will need to succeed in their medical studies.

Potential undergraduate pre-med majors include:
-Biology
-Chemistry
-Anatomy & Physiology
-Psychology
-English Literature
-Math

Prepare for Med School
After earning a bachelor’s, students must apply to medical schools and pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Many factors influence a student’s acceptance to medical school, including their GPA, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, and the admissions interview.

It is wise for students to begin preparing for the MCAT before graduation, so they can refine their studies and strengthen any academic weaknesses before taking the exam.

Earn a Medical Degree
Med school lasts four years; the first two years are comprised of coursework, while the final two are spent working in a hospital and laboratory settings. Students learn about different aspects of patient care, legal and medical ethics and practice rotations, gaining experience in all major medical fields including internal medicine, gynecology, family medicine, obstetrics, psychiatry, surgery and, of course, pediatrics.

Complete a Residency and Fellowship
After earning a general medical degree, a fellowship program will allow the student to become a specialist in pediatrics and surgery. Residency programs last between three to eight years; pediatric surgeons typically spend five years in a general surgery residency and an additional two concentrating on pediatric surgery.

Earn a License
After completing residency and fellowship, a doctor must earn a license to practice in their respective state. This is done by completing the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination. There are also additional requirements set in place by each state medical board, which may include further examinations.

Become Board-Certified
Although it is not mandatory, many pediatric surgeons apply to become board-certified. Board certification is administered through the American Board of Surgery (ABS). To earn certification, applicants must pass a 300-question exam that lasts approximately eight hours. The pediatric surgery qualifying exam includes an additional 200-question exam, while the certification exam includes five 30-minute oral sessions.

This roadmap offers a complete overview of the academic and professional steps to becoming a licensed pediatric surgeon.

Originally published on Dr.ColinKnight.com

Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida, Uncategorized

What to Learn From Running a Marathon

Dr. Colin Knight What to Learn From Running a Marathon

Legend says that that the first man to run a marathon famously died upon the finish (the real story appears to be vastly different, however). However, many people run marathons as a way to increase their physical fitness and enjoy a fun activity. Others run them to fulfill the dream of completing a challenge. I’ve completed three in my lifetime. I ran in the first USAF marathon when I was a flight surgeon. I’ve also finished the Pittsburgh marathon and the Miami marathon. Running marathons may offer many benefits to your health, but can also provide mental and psychological advantages. If you want to know what you can learn from running a marathon, there are a few facts to understand.

Know What You’re Capable Of
When running a marathon, it will prove to be both physically and mentally exhausting as you push yourself to new limits. You’ll have to learn how to keep yourself motivated and stay positive to avoid quitting early. By participating in a marathon, you’ll know what you’re truly capable of, which can be incredibly empowering and can cause you to set more goals in the future.

Allow Yourself to Experience Setbacks
Having a few setbacks while running a marathon can be extremely challenging and can cause some people to drop out. Understanding that setbacks are a part of the experience and that you can learn and grow from them will empower you to continue pushing forward. You’ll become more resilient and won’t become as discouraged.

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida, Uncategorized

Miami’s Best Breweries

Dr. Colin Knight Miami's Best Breweries

When I first moved to Miami just over a decade ago, beer had a minor presence. That has changed. While Miami is widely known for its cocktail scene, many quality breweries have sprung up in the area. Combining creative brewing with vibrant taprooms and bars, the craft breweries of Miami are ready to show you a good time. Here are Miami’s top five craft breweries. Enjoy one of these breweries the next time you are in the Miami area.

M.I.A. Beer Company
M.I.A. Brewery, a taproom and restaurant in west Doral, serves its own beers along with selected local microbrews. The styles range from a Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel to a Big in Japan sake beer. The restaurant serves bar food favorites from Mexican and American cuisines.

J Wakefield Brewing
One of my favorite spots for sour beers in Wynwood, J Wakefield Brewing’s taproom features graffiti as good as its brews.

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida, Uncategorized

Travel Apps for the Savvy Traveler

Dr. Colin Knight Travel Apps for the Savy Traveler

Traveling is one of the most enjoyable activities to participate in as you get a chance to visit new locations and learn about different cultures. Although traveling is exciting, it can also be expensive and inconvenient in many cases. If you want to enjoy an easy and affordable trip, there are a few smartphone apps to take advantage of when planning an upcoming excursion. Here are some of the apps I have on my phone:

  • Hotel Tonight & Airbnb
  • Mobile Passport App
  • Tourist Information
  • Pack Point

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida, Uncategorized

Pneumomediastinum

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For most people, the term pneumomediastinum may be unusual, but for approximately one in 7,300 people, the condition is familiar. Pneumomediastinum is air that is present in the chest that becomes trapped in the mediastinum, the area of the body which contains the lungs, heart, trachea, and esophagus. My colleagues and I published a study of management of pneumomediastinum a few years ago.

Symptoms
Many different symptoms are associated with Pneumomediastinum, which includes neck pain, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, a hoarse voice, and vomiting. The symptoms can come on severe or develop gradually, depending on the severity of the condition.

Some babies who are born with the condition may not show any signs or have symptoms. Others may have flaring of nostrils, rapid breathing, and grunting. They may need to receive oxygen to help them breathe correctly until the condition resolves.

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida

“Is there a doctor on board?”

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I just finished reading news that American Airlines is being sued by the family of a woman who died on board a flight from Hawaii. I won’t recount the all details here, but it seems she fell ill, a doctor on board recommended that the flight be diverted, he was overruled, the woman died, and the equipment on board was inadequate to revive her. Of course, that’s assuming she was revivable. The news account reported she died of a pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot traveling to the lungs. The death rate for a massive PE that requires CPR is about 75% in one study. But that is for the lawyers to debate. Reading the article prompted me to recall some of my experiences responding on airplanes as “the doctor on board.”

Flying several miles in the air with limited resources available makes responding to a medical emergency on a flight akin to practicing wilderness medicine. The airlines, I’m sure, want all of their passengers to arrive safely. The most prudent thing would be to divert every plane with a medical emergency to the nearest airport, but with roughly one in every six hundred flights having a medical emergency on board, roughly 80,000 flights a day in the United States, and an average cost per diversion of $100,000, it would cost $13,000,000 a day to divert them all. And that is discounting the cost of the inconvenience to the thousands of people who are also on those flights. So diversion is going to be a rare event. The FAA requires airlines flying in the US to have a basic medical kit that includes airway supplies, an inhaler plus seven other medications, and “basic instructions” for using the medications. Responders can advise the captain whether or not to divert, but ultimately it is the captain’s decision.

I’ve responded to three in-flight medical emergencies….

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