Monthly Archives: May 2018

What if your calling doesn’t make you happy?

10 Shares Share Tweet Share Financial independence is fantastic.  It allows you to wrangle free from the hum-drum existence of the W-2 asset class and aspire towards your individual life calling.  Maybe you want to start a non-for-profit.  Or volunteer at a local hospital. Or travel to the Galapagos islands and study the unique evolution of the … Continue reading

What if your calling doesn’t make you happy?

10 Shares Share Tweet Share Financial independence is fantastic.  It allows you to wrangle free from the hum-drum existence of the W-2 asset class and aspire towards your individual life calling.  Maybe you want to start a non-for-profit.  Or volunteer at a local hospital. Or travel to the Galapagos islands and study the unique evolution of the … Continue reading

Medical professionals are uniquely positioned to provide a safe space for discussion

74 Shares Share Tweet Share Gun safety, gun rights. On reading these words, some have immediately assumed that I’m a far-left liberal who is proposing breaking into their homes, stealing their guns and melting them down to make a statue of a kneeling, gay football player to place on the National Mall. Still others have … Continue reading

Medical professionals are uniquely positioned to provide a safe space for discussion

74 Shares Share Tweet Share Gun safety, gun rights. On reading these words, some have immediately assumed that I’m a far-left liberal who is proposing breaking into their homes, stealing their guns and melting them down to make a statue of a kneeling, gay football player to place on the National Mall. Still others have … Continue reading

Fixing our health care system won’t make us healthy

36 Shares Share Tweet Share Like all doctors, I am frustrated when I see my patients missing out on what could be years of good health. And our medical system is so dysfunctional that it’s tempting for doctors and patients to blame poor health outcomes on how we pay for medical care. But, our ridiculous … Continue reading

Physicians can’t ignore health risks posed by guns

58 Shares Share Tweet Share I’m a family doctor in upstate New York. My patients include active NRA members and ardent pacifists. Most probably fall somewhere in the middle — they own guns for hunting or encourage neighbors to hunt the deer that feed on their lush gardens. As a mother, I tried not to … Continue reading

Money matters to how you experience medical training. It matters a lot.

211 Shares Share Tweet Share Medical practice is a calling. It’s not a job, it’s not a career — it’s a vocation. And if you really love your vocation, you’ll let nothing stand in your way. Certainly not something as trivial and crass as money. After all, once you’re in practice, you’ll be raking it … Continue reading

Why this physician teaches first-year medical students 

5 Shares Share Tweet Share I teach first-year medical students how to take a medical history and perform physical exams on patients. These skills are the foundation of medicine. The history and physical exam (plus a few basic tests) are time-tested methods for diagnosing disease. Using these tools, a skilled physician can reach an accurate … Continue reading

Would you know human trafficking if you saw it?

8 Shares Share Tweet Share He looked tired and worn down, more so than many of the other patients I had seen that day. He didn’t speak English and I did not speak his language, but I could feel his anxiety as it filled the exam room. One of my employees translated, in fact, what … Continue reading

Would you know human trafficking if you saw it?

8 Shares Share Tweet Share He looked tired and worn down, more so than many of the other patients I had seen that day. He didn’t speak English and I did not speak his language, but I could feel his anxiety as it filled the exam room. One of my employees translated, in fact, what … Continue reading