Ebola

“If I get a call about smallpox from the ER I’m not coming in,” an Infectious Disease doctor said to a colleague in the hospital where I was working.  It was the early days of 9/11 and anything seemed possible. “Are you all OK with providing care for Ebola patients?” our section chief asked.  Our ICU is the … Continue reading

Time to bring back morbidity and mortality conferences

My post on the changing culture of medicine as reflected in the way we talk about our errors in M&Ms is up at kevinMD. http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/07/time-bring-back-morbidity-mortality-conferences.html

Girl Mayor

Matthew (age 3): “It has to be the mayor.” Me: “The mayor?” Sam (age 5): “Yeah, you know, the guy in charge of everyone in the city.” Me: “You know, women can be mayors too.” Sam: “Yeah, but they’re usually guys.” I keep having some iteration of this conversation with my young sons – women … Continue reading

Physician Compensation up at KevinMD

My post on physician compensation up at KevinMD http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/11/society-reflected-doctors-paid.html

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

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 kevinmd.com. Check it out at http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/10/words-leave-lasting-impression.html

Denial and the Imponderable Differences

David Foster Wallace “Infinite Jest” Page 604 …people of a certain age and level of like life-experience believe they’re immortal: …they deep-down believe they’re exempt from the laws of physics … And they’re constitutionally unable to learn from anybody else’s experience: if some jaywalking B.U. student does get splattered on Comm. or some House resident … Continue reading

Doctors Can Only Give So Much

editorial in SLC Tribune I called it “The Depressed Doctor” in homage to David Foster Wallace and his short story, “The Depressed Person.”  The SLC Tribune titled it: “Doctors Can Only Give So Much.” Here’s a link to the Schwartz foundation and more about Schwartz Rounds.