Physician Compensation

Doctors are burned out and they don’t enjoy their job as much as they used to.  But looking broadly, physicians are still spared the economic difficulties and loss of autonomy that are present in most other sectors where people are still lucky enough to be employed.  There are issues that doctors rarely face: unemployment, inability … Continue reading

The State Fair

“I got run over by a golf cart at the State Fair,” my five-year-old cheerfully says to the Emergency Department technician who is checking us in. A utility cart knocked him down – he is a five-year-old running along the grass by the path, and some asshole wasn’t looking as he turned into my kid … Continue reading

Giving my cell phone number to a patient. Is that what doctors should do?

Check out my new post on the pros and cons of doctors giving out their cell phone numbers up today on kevinmd.

Our Words Leave The Most Lasting Impression

My variously named post – “The Weight of Words” or “Our Words Leave The Most Lasting Impression” is now up at Check it out at

Mad Women redux on The Broad Side

A shorter version of Mad Women has been published at The Broad Side at

The Weight of Words

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.”  I learned this saying when I came to America, but before that, I learned a different story.  A wood cutter got lost in the forest, it was getting dark and cold.  He met a bear, who offered him to come to his … Continue reading

Mad Women

I spent today, Saturday, in the hospital playing doctor, while my physician husband took our three kids to a birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese.  Though I generally dread working on weekends, my work today was more satisfying than my prior experiences at Chuck-E-Cheese have been, and in the context of the recent swirl of leaning-in and opting-out, I should … Continue reading

Pre-existing Condition

“I didn’t have the sleep study that you recommended,” he says.  I wait.  “I went for the consultation.  She said that looking at me (30 year young fit man), I don’t fit the stereotype for sleep apnea, but talking to me, she thinks I have it and I should have the study.” I tell him … Continue reading