Colts Corner is a collection of my thoughts about bronchoscopy-related topics

Genotype-directed lung cancer: a new frontier for bronchoscopists posted on 2018-12-28

As we quickly approach 2019, I am thinking about what is new and exciting in the field of interventional pulmonology. Among energizing advances, one of the most exciting is how individualized genotype-directed therapy is changing our approach to lung cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Fueled by research performed in the United States and Europe, increasing numbers  [Read More]

Altruism: a foundational trait of a new generation of bronchoscopy educators posted on 2018-12-24

Altruism is often defined as the belief and practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others. Generally, medical ethicists agree that medical doctors cannot be altruistic in their daily encounters with patients because they act within a professional relationship that entails the obligation to relieve suffering and care for their patients. While  [Read More]

Is there a “culture” of bronchoscopy? posted on 2018-12-18

In the early 19th century German philosophers and social scientists sought to define the word “culture” in their studies of human behavior and history. Influenced by the Romanticist concept of Volksgeist (spirit of a people), they proposed that culture described the values, ideals, and higher qualities, i.e. intellectual, artistic, and moral, of a society. Anthropologists  [Read More]

Penitentes posted on 2018-12-03

The name “penitente” is defined as both a noun (a person who repents their wrongdoings and seeks forgiveness) and an adjective (a feeling or showing of sorrow and regret for having done wrong). The origin is Spanish, and the description in the mountains arose because a field of penitentes looks like a procession of monks  [Read More]

“The whole point of life is this moment.” posted on 2018-11-19

The author of this simple statement is Alan Watts, who, in one of his many philosophical ponderings about life and death, argues that dying, which happens to you once, should be a great event.1 Watts passed away in his sleep on November 15, 1973. He was 58 years old. An inspiring thinker most known for  [Read More]