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Tips for physicians thinking about working part-time

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:08 PST

Sure, it’s nice to think about cutting back on the work hours and spending more time at home with the kids. Or out on the running trails getting fit and enjoying nature. Or singing in a chorus. But how do you really make that decision? And if you do decide to work part-time, how do […]

Retooling the future physician

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:00:09 PST

A computer algorithm learning how to play StarCraft like a champ may raise some eyebrows, but when algorithms start to give the skills of a trained physician a run, job security becomes a futile construct. An algorithm now diagnoses melanoma as well as a dermatologist: A consolation for the dermatologists, though: Folks across the hallway […]

The EpiPen debacle may be the shot heard around the world

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:28 PST

The Mylan EpiPen debacle may have inadvertently weakened the grip of big pharma on U.S. lawmakers.  Recently, a bill proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders was narrowly rejected by a vote of 52 to 46.  Unexpectedly, 12 Republicans and 1 Independent voted with Senator Sanders in favor of allowing pharmacists and distributors to import cheaper prescription […]

The importance of being present

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:00:44 PST

An excerpt from Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity. Sometimes a simple gesture and a few well-placed words can signal presence. One day on rounds in the hospital, as we walked into the room, Laura Hogan, a nurse-practitioner on our palliative care team, said three words to the patient: “What beautiful flowers.” The patient looked at the […]

How journaling can help physician wellness

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:31 PST

Health behavior was my emphasis in my MPH. Add a faculty development fellowship, time as residency faculty, work in a private practice, and increasing interaction with medical students now as faculty at a medical school; the outcome is not just an emphasis, but a mindset. A mindset of health behavior that is not just for […]

How to ease your transition home from the hospital

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:00:49 PST

A hospital stay is a right of passage for any patient, but the road to health is often a marathon and not a sprint. Discharge is an essential step in the patient journey, but it can be as exciting for a family as it is daunting. Families can prepare ahead and put all the right […]

12 steps to make America’s health care great again

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:11 PST

America’s health care system is broken and no longer works.  Many practicing physicians are unhappy with the way insurance companies control medicine.  Most patients are unsatisfied with the benefits they receive from the health insurance companies and with the lack of choice they have in who cares for them.  Patients are frustrated with the exorbitant […]

Perioperative brain health: The need to better understand this public health problem

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:00:23 PST

A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to During the course of our careers as physicians, we have cared for or are aware of an elderly patient in the intensive care unit or ward who has exhibited delirium, or an acute confused state. This is particularly common after surgery and anesthesia. While simply being in […]

Having a baby during medical school wasn’t such a bad idea

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:00:09 PST

My stomach had been in knots that morning. “Are you pregnant?” my classmate laughed after I returned to the gross anatomy lab for the second time after leaving for fresh air. “No,” I spat, dissection through fat and fascia, teasing out muscles from nerves. But, I wondered. After lab, I bought a pregnancy test. I began […]

How to publish as a medical trainee

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:00:11 PST

With all this talk about medical student, resident, and fellow burnout, I thought we might take a break to discuss the small delights that sprinkle throughout medical training. This is not a “You should publish as a trainee” manifesto. It’s more of a DIY guide for those who are interested but can’t find the time […]

We need to pay better attention to medication side effects

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:45 PST

Years ago, after I suffered a deep personal loss, my doctor prescribed Prozac, and I joined the millions of Americans who have taken an antidepressant. A few weeks later, I had my first panic attack — heart racing, sweating profusely, gasping for breath — sensations of terror normally reserved for life-threatening events. Attacks continued every […]

Every doctor needs a moment like this

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:00:26 PST

My car says it’s 2:10 a.m., 17 degrees. I just left my warm bed — and snoring husband — threw on scrubs and my contact lenses and quickly brushed my teeth and hair. I’m shivering as the car warms up and I hear the crunch of the snow as the car rolls out of the […]

The patent protection in the drug industry is out of control. Here’s why.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:29 PST

In the United States, the patent protection process — as it relates to the drug industry — has been distorted by the political system, intense lobbying and large campaign contributions. The result has been pricing contrary to the greater good of the nation. Patents originated in ancient Greece. This legal protection assumed greater importance in […]

It’s time we face it: Fossil fuels are killing us

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:00:49 PST

When we think of pollution, we think of our planet: stripped forests paved asphalt black, sterile red rivers, brown-gray skies and creeping slums over once virgin land. We imagine massive dumps of civilized waste, the extermination of species and temperatures which bake the earth like a neglected oven. We mourn the global home in which […]

Some “natural” remedies aren’t natural

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:00:53 PST

My daughter and I were talking the other day and saying we would like to ask a doctor what his thoughts are about all these ‘natural’ remedies that are available. Recently a friend made the remark, ‘I do everything I can to avoid a doctor.’ I lean more toward the medical system and the knowledge […]