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Weekly newsletter of Ahmed Negida - Issue #6

Ahmed Negida
Ahmed Negida
Hey Friends,
My favorite quote for this week from a book [I prefer not to mention the title or the author’s full name], CW said: “Accepting an inconvenient situation will automatically invite more similar negative experiences to your life.
My thoughts about this sentence are …
When you try to accept a thing or a situation that makes you uncomfortable, you will automatically increase the chances of this situation happening again in the future.
Because the attempts to accept the inconvenient situation (1) will subconsciously make you believe that you worth this wrong situation, (2) will change your behaviors in a way that facilitates your acceptance of that situation more and more, and (3) will make people subconsciously act in a way that increases the likelihood of this situation happening again in the future [without being aware of that].

From the Neurosurgical Operation Room
Tuesday operations were postponed, so I decided to invest the time of that day finalizing some neurosurgery research papers with Dr. Haider Al-Shami, MBBCH, MRCS (he is the neurosurgeon and assistant of my supervisor, Prof. Hegazy) - below is a photo from Costa Cafe (Advice: do not focus on the details .. haha)
New thing(s) that I found on the internet
This week, I learned about the Zettelkasten Method for the first time in my life. It is really interesting and people say it is helpful. I have not applied it to my knowledge management system yet. I’m using a more simple and plain method. I will give it a try!
A Zettelkasten is a personal tool for thinking and writing that creates an interconnected web of thought. Its emphasis is on connection and not mere collection of ideas.
Interesting article(s) I read this week
Consciousness Is Just a Feeling - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus
COVID-19 News
I read the bad news yesterday that Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was not effective against the emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, including the B.1.351 (501Y.V2) variant first identified in South Africa. Although these data are preliminary, the situation is alarming that currently available vaccines might lose efficacy against the novel variants. Read the full article below published on 16/03/2021 at the New England Journal of Medicine.
Efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Covid-19 Vaccine against the B.1.351 Variant | NEJM
Best YouTube video(s) I watched this week
My Second Brain in Notion - Full Setup
Twitter Highlights (My tweet with +50,000 impressions)
World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player of all time was recently invited to the CNS congress 2021 (congress of neurological surgeons) in the United States. When registering for the congress, I noticed his name and photo among the keynote speakers! I take a snapshot and posted it on Twitter. I’m very curious to know what kind of intersections exist between neurological surgery and chess [which is my top favorite game]. Garry Kasparov and the CNS official Twitter account retweeted my tweet to their followers - see below.
🔥Ahmed Negida, MD🔥
The @CNS_Update 2021 congress website features an extraordinary list of speakers including my favorite @Kasparov63 (world chess champion). I'm so excited and curious about the intersection of chess and neurological surgery! (I think the keyword is AI).
The Course I'm teaching soon
How to Find and Select A Clinical Research Idea
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Ahmed Negida
Ahmed Negida @NegidaMD

I’m Ahmed, a medical doctor from Egypt, a Ph.D. candidate in the UK, and a Global Neurosurgery Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

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