Monthly Archives: July 2018

The misguided expectation of eliminating pain

86 Shares Share Tweet Share I am against all forms of bodily pain, both foreign and domestic. I wish the world were pain-free. When I am suffering from even a routine headache, I want immediate relief just like everyone else. The medical approach to pain control has changed dramatically even during my own career. When … Continue reading

A blood test to detect melanoma? Not so fast.

10 Shares Share Tweet Share The headline scrolling across the bottom of an evening news show certainly grabbed my attention: a new blood test had the possibility of detecting early melanoma and saving thousands of lives. And then there were more reports elevating this early research report to a point that I became quite interested — and frankly concerned. … Continue reading

Doctors need to lead the way on divestment from fossil fuels

20 Shares Share Tweet Share In the recent weeks we’ve seen frequent headlines alerting people around the country to dangerous heat waves.  Physicians and nurses see these headlines and the human results of the heatwaves in the form of heat illness, people burdened with lung ailments and suffering from deteriorating air quality, and a range … Continue reading

Clinician burnout: Be part of the solution

191 Shares Share Tweet Share I was recently interviewed by someone on the topic of clinician burnout. The interviewee asked me how I respond to those who say that burnout does not exist, is being overstated, or is the result of a weaker generation of practicing physicians. I find this difference in opinion interesting. Most … Continue reading

Clinician burnout: Be part of the solution

191 Shares Share Tweet Share I was recently interviewed by someone on the topic of clinician burnout. The interviewee asked me how I respond to those who say that burnout does not exist, is being overstated, or is the result of a weaker generation of practicing physicians. I find this difference in opinion interesting. Most … Continue reading

Dr. Lynette Charity keynotes 3 conferences this Fall

8 Shares Share Tweet Share Dr. Lynette Charity is a practicing anesthesiologist and accomplished humorist and public speaker, having made it to the semifinals of the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking in 2014.  She’s also one of my coaching clients, and I am so proud to announce that she will keynote three conferences … Continue reading

Dr. Lynette Charity keynotes 3 conferences this Fall

8 Shares Share Tweet Share Dr. Lynette Charity is a practicing anesthesiologist and accomplished humorist and public speaker, having made it to the semifinals of the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking in 2014.  She’s also one of my coaching clients, and I am so proud to announce that she will keynote three conferences … Continue reading

Urgent care centers prescribe more antibiotics. Why is that?

474 Shares Share Tweet Share Urgent care centers are way ahead in prescribing unnecessary, potentially harmful antibiotics that are doing no one any good – at least no patients any good. The owners of the urgent care centers are the ones who are benefitting. And you and your family are being bilked, misled, and harmed. … Continue reading

Is going to medical school a wise financial decision?

791 Shares Share Tweet Share It is no secret that medical school is getting very expensive. Over the past 20 years, the cost of medical school has greatly outpaced the rate of inflation, and medical school debt is rapidly rising. The average medical student now graduates with over $192,000 in student loans, but with the cost … Continue reading

The double-edged power of the medications we prescribe

33 Shares Share Tweet Share My patient, a rugged sixty year old with massively muscular forearms, gray chest hair at the V of his denim shirt, and a voice that suggested years of liquor and unfiltered cigarettes, lowered his voice and leaned forward. “I’m not usually scared of anything, but for three nights now, ever … Continue reading