Without trust, we face an uphill battle in defeating COVID-19

My annual routine of recommending the flu shot to my patients is now more critical than ever before. But when I asked one of my patients recently about getting the flu shot, she said: “No, not really. I’m worried it will give me the flu and make me sic…

Physicians who work themselves into the ground are nothing to be proud of

There were recently many news articles and coverage exalting a physician for working 250 straight days during COVID. 250 days, that’s nearly 8 1/2 months without a day off. While this physician displays dedication and caring, I don’t think we should ce…

We have been the precious gift of making a difference in the lives of others

“You that seek what life is in death, Now find it air that once was breath, New names unknown, old names gone: Till time end bodies, but souls none. Reader! Then make time, while you be, But steps to your eternity.” – Baron Brooke Fulke Greville,…

A physician shares stories online and is now a published author

A powerful communications medium, with the chance to get into someone else’s mind and connect through experience. Sometimes the experience is vicarious, because not everyone has lived what the storyteller has. But the storyteller’s words can have a pro…

2 a.m. thoughts of an emergency physician during the pandemic

Ooh child Things are gonna get easier. Ooh child Things’ll get brighter. I sing these words to my one-year-old son quite often; I believe them. I’ll never lose hope. Hospitalizations hit greater than 90,000 yesterday, and the trajectory is fright…

The other side of the curtain

Sometimes I forget. I forget what it is like to be on the other side of the curtain. I forget that what is just another day of work, another shift, another seemingly ceaseless night of call for me may indeed be the longest day of their life. Sometimes …

Meet the doctor who really believes that laughter is the best medicine

So there’s this 60-year-old African American physician, and she is fed up. She’s working at a local hospital because she wants to sleep in her own bed rather than continue the life of a locum tenens. After a weekend call where she’s on her 29th h…

How to turn gratitude into a positive force

What a state of affairs – the impending cold winter, COVID, computer hell, loneliness, unemployment – so many negatives for us to focus our attention on. As the saying goes, what you focus on grows, especially in that massive galaxy of 100 …

Thanksgiving came early this year. I just didn’t appreciate it.

I retired on June 30, 2020, after 32 years of solo practice as a dermatologist. Due to the pandemic, some say I was smart to retire when I did. But if I was so smart, I would have retired on February 28th. My practice was simple: three full-time employ…

We keep our sleep-deprived physicians in hospitals full of calorie-dense food

Medicine causes just as much disease as it solves. We must adopt the lifestyle to get through college, medical school, residency, and fellowship is nothing close to a healthy lifestyle. Previously, we discussed the long hours and the lack of exercise, …

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