Monthly Archives: May 2019

You can save your baby for $2 million. Can we afford to do this?

16 Shares Share Tweet Share You can save your baby for $2 million. Can you afford to do this? If you cannot, should we all pay? Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. All types of SMA result from a single … Continue reading

Ageism in medicine is real. How can it be stopped?

52 Shares Share Tweet Share Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesn’t get the same attention that’s devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are poorly understood. Medicine reflects this narrow-mindedness. In medical school, physicians learn that people in the … Continue reading

Compassion is never a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of greatness.

538 Shares Share Tweet Share Recently I had the wonderful, yet solemn opportunity of attending my ninety-three-year-old paternal uncle’s funeral.  I purposely choose the word “wonderful” to describe this experience because honoring the life of such a remarkable man, surrounded by my family who will continue to love him dearly, was such a special gift.  … Continue reading

Pay people for their kidneys? It’s time.

17 Shares Share Tweet Share These are trying times for health care optimists. Despite all the hype surrounding breakthroughs in clinical practice and technology, American medicine is stuck in in neutral. Though the engine is revving loudly, little progress is being made. This unfortunate truth came into clearer light last week when I was preparing lesson … Continue reading

When constipation pain was worse than cancer pain

223 Shares Share Tweet Share Coming in to meet the students, house staff, and patients for the first day on service always excites me. This Monday was no exception. What awaited me? How many patients would I need to see? What lessons could I impart? When I arrived, we had 11 patients, two new, and … Continue reading

How did we let insurance companies get so intimately involved with patient care?

4K Shares Share Tweet Share Who works for who? How did we allow ourselves to let a system get built up around us that makes it so hard for us to take care of our patients? Our job is to advocate for our patients, to help guide them towards their best health, to help them … Continue reading

3 ways to change your mindset in continuing medical education

77 Shares Share Tweet Share The seeds of emotional turmoil inherent in medical education are planted early in the pursuit of becoming a doctor. It is the unspoken fear that medical students and residents experience each day on attending rounds.  It is the worry of missing a vital piece of information from the history and … Continue reading

The power of an individual’s story reminds physicians why they got into medicine

125 Shares Share Tweet Share As a surgeon who specializes in gynecologic cancer, I have performed thousands of operations over my two-decade career. But the ones my team and I have done since the beginning of this year have been the most fulfilling. The reason? A simple yet remarkable adjustment in how we prepare for … Continue reading

It’s time to rethink what it means to be a DO

437 Shares Share Tweet Share The future of our profession lies in our ability to come together with a unified voice. We must also recognize that the practice of osteopathic medicine, and the training of osteopathic physicians, has evolved significantly since A.T. Still, MD, DO, created osteopathy. The AOA recognized this when its Board of … Continue reading

A physician’s sudden, disastrous day. And its tragic consequences.

16 Shares Share Tweet Share An excerpt from Physician Suicide: Cases and Commentaries. “Dear Richard and Yvonne, I feel I have no choice but to end my life and am doing so in the hope that you will take this letter and employ it in the way that I suggest below. Please use what has happened … Continue reading