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Food allergies are frightening, not funny

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:34 PDT

Last night, my son was reading a book that was required summer reading for 6th grade. This book was published over 30 years ago. When he got to a sentence that used the word “retard,” he stopped and innocently asked, “Mom, what does that word mean?” At first, I was shocked that he did not […]

A ukulele helped this physician get through intern year. Here’s how.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:00:34 PDT

At the beginning of this year, I bought a ukulele. I started intern year at a sprint, like anyone does, arms full of hope which was quickly extinguished, lost in an atmosphere so devoid of hope that all of it flew out of my arms to settle into places so far in between it might […]

Online physician reviews: Patients are the ones who will suffer

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:00:33 PDT

The rise of the Internet has changed many things in the world of the customer.  Now, in the age of the online consumer, a person can search for not only the exact item or service he or she wants, but read hundreds of reviews on that particular item or service.  Thanks to Yelp and a […]

Minnesota and measles: Andrew Wakefield targets refugees

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:00:18 PDT

I had the pleasure of traveling to Rochester, Minnesota for a wedding this summer.  Minnesota is home to more people from Somalia than any other state. My home of Columbus, Ohio is also a hub for people from Somalia.  As a pediatric resident, I take care of Somali-American children and work with Somali American healthcare […]

Planning for the end of life: What baby Charlie can teach us

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:00:40 PDT

Charlie Gard was a one-year-old boy who had a rare genetic disease leaving him blind, comatose, and unable to breathe on his own. This metabolic disorder can be fatal and has no known cure. Charlie’s parents wanted him treated with experimental drugs in the hope that a miracle would happen. As reported in the press, the British […]

Stop the abuse of hierarchy with these 5 tips

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:00:47 PDT

When I was a medical student, trying to forge my path on the clinical wards as a third year, there was a lot to turn me off the idea of a career in medicine entirely — sleep deprivation, early mornings, late nights, standing for hours on rounds, subsisting on diets of hospital graham crackers and […]

We look at the same picture but see different things

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:00:13 PDT

As you look at the above image, please let me ask you a simple question: “What do you see?” Do you see a sick man lying on a bed with a friendly looking doctor standing by his bedside? Do you see only men in the picture and wonder, “Why not women?” Do you see a […]

Physicians put up walls. But they feel everything.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:00:52 PDT

We sat in the office of the intensive care unit under fluorescent lights, both staring at computer screens covered in vital signs and labs. It was the summer of my second year of residency, and I spent it entirely in the intensive care unit. There were two of us on call at night. Half the […]

Do doctors need an emergency fund?

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:00:25 PDT

There is a lot of talk on the web about having an emergency fund. Typically this is three to six months of expenses. Some would argue to keep three to six times bare bones expenses, and others would argue to keep three to six times the average amount you spend on expenses. Having an emergency […]

MKSAP: 36-year-old man with history of fatigue

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:56 PDT

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 36-year-old man is evaluated for a 1-year history of fatigue, intermittent headaches, sore throat, and joint and muscle pain. He reports no difficulties falling asleep and gets 10 hours of uninterrupted but nonrestorative sleep each night. He has seen several […]

Can health care executives help with physician burnout?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:03 PDT

The National Academy of Medicine has launched an Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, but there is one missing stakeholder. On July 14th, NAM hosted its first public meeting on establishing clinician well-being as a national priority. The inaugural sponsors include nearly many medical specialty societies, the major insurance companies, the American Associations for […]

A physician doesn’t hide his depression

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:27 PDT

A colleague said earlier this week, as he bravely disclosed his journey with anxiety and depression that he had “become excellent at hiding [his] depression, especially as an extrovert.” My colleague brings others along into a wake of happiness he trails but is also able to sit knee-to-knee with the parents of dying patients and […]

Do we really have a choice in health care?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:25 PDT

As every physician practicing today knows, health care is in a constant state of flux. The latest news from Washington creates even more uncertainty. What we do know is that, for the foreseeable future, there will be an emphasis on team care, coordination, technology and, of course, meeting the requirements of the ever-expanding alphabet soup […]

Let’s change the mediocre status quo of health care

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

On a daily basis, I am introduced to new people from all walks of life. Some sit on the board of directors, some are CEOs, some are presidents, some are middle managers and other administrators, some are investors, others are entrepreneurs, and some are physicians, nurses, case managers and even patients. I listen to people […]

Literacy is a health care problem no one talks about

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:01 PDT

Just as summer is in full swing, the back-to-school advertisements are running. This time of year can be exciting for many — the first day of elementary school, high school or college. For the rest of us, we try to be lifelong learners: learning from our successes and failures, learning from others and if we […]