Monthly Archives: February 2019

Sharing administrative pain might give us more joy in medicine

46 Shares Share Tweet Share I’m still trying to figure out what happened. I don’t want to be put on suicide watch by the wellness office. It definitely began during our weekly noontime mindfulness session. I came in late, furtively signed in (gotta make that metric) and slipped into a back corner seat. I went … Continue reading

A plastic surgeon explains the dangers of the Brazilian butt lift

12 Shares Share Tweet Share The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a procedure that enhances the buttocks through fat transfer. Excess fat is harvested from other areas of the body including the abdomen, hips, lower back and thighs through liposuction. BBL is a popular procedure for those seeking to enhance their bodies. However, with the … Continue reading

Here’s why pediatricians ask about trauma and violence

158 Shares Share Tweet Share As a behavioral pediatrician, I see children with behavior problems. Kids with aggression, kids who have been kicked out of multiple daycares or schools and kids who are not doing well at home or school. One of the things I always look for are clues as to why. Behaviors, while … Continue reading

This residency interview season: Be the rebel

42 Shares Share Tweet Share Ours is a chaotic and overburdened medical system. As a senior resident, there is every temptation to seek in our incoming classes more obedient interns and junior residents who would obey my orders as their senior without question. I challenge that we must do the harder thing. The explosive growth … Continue reading

Being a doctor and parent is hard: 10 ways to make it easier

11 Shares Share Tweet Share Being a doctor is hard; being a mother is just as hard — if not harder — and being both often seems impossible. Looking back at my medical career it is difficult to fathom not doing both. I was an older, non-traditional student when I came back to college to … Continue reading

How social media can advance humanism in medicine

17 Shares Share Tweet Share “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow. The New York Times recently published the op-ed “Dr. Google is a Liar,” written by cardiologist Haider Warraich, MD. Dr. Warraich describes the rise of fake medical news and … Continue reading

A Xanax prescription that should have been rejected

494 Shares Share Tweet Share In hindsight, I should have never accepted a Xanax prescription from my doctor. What followed was catastrophic — rapidly developing tolerance and physical dependence on the drug and a prolonged illness. Three-and-a-half years later, I am still slowly tapering off Valium (having transitioned to a longer-acting benzodiazepine to aid in … Continue reading

How physicians should respond to the words, “I am depressed”

2 Shares Share Tweet Share My response to a colleague who says, “I am depressed,” is critical for many reasons. As doctors have tough masks, it has been difficult for my colleague to disclose this. Due to mental illness stigma in the medical profession, this doctor may have been suffering quietly for some time and … Continue reading

A path to universal health coverage in America

0 Shares Share Tweet Share Thirteen years ago, as a student in New York City, I marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to implore my colleagues to fight for universal health care. That day, I enunciated what has become my personal mission by saying, “We need universal coverage that is portable. We need universal coverage that … Continue reading

Physician negotiating: Go get what you’re worth

0 Shares Share Tweet Share Nearly five years into practice, I have negotiated my first contract, multiple pay increases, call compensation and independent contractor status. I prepared by researching my market value and reading about negotiation strategy. The following are some points I have learned along the way. If you negotiate in medicine, you may … Continue reading