Quitting medicine: a disgraced survivor of a bloody suicide attempt

Addressed to Dr. Lynes, the note sat menacingly in my inbox like a distress signal ominously blinking on a battered ocean coast. “Mr. Smith wants you to read the note before his preop, the nurse said harmlessly.” A premonition that day, just one more i…

When treating kids, learn communication lessons from the emergency department

There are limited studies regarding pediatric malpractice claims, especially for the emergency department (ED). A recent study of malpractice claims involving children highlights the role of communication and systems issues. This 10-year study is impor…

In medicine, use a strong lede

In journalism, the lede is the first part of a news story. A good lede will entice the reader to read more. It contains the key points and gives the general idea of the article. Ledes are also crucial in the field of medicine. As a graduate student in …

How to make the most out of your doctor’s visit

For most of us, going to the doctor is not at the top of our favorite things-to-do list, but it may be one of the most important. Whether the visit is for a scheduled check-up or to deal with a new problem, there are ways you can make the visit less st…

Get rid of the guilt. You matter as a physician.

“When you start seeing your worth, you will find it harder to stay around people who don’t.” – Unknown After graduating from my residency a few years ago, I accepted a job within my organization as a staff psychiatrist and a medical director. The…

Get rid of the guilt. You matter as a physician.

“When you start seeing your worth, you will find it harder to stay around people who don’t.” – Unknown After graduating from my residency a few years ago, I accepted a job within my organization as a staff psychiatrist and a medical director. The…

Primary care should be one of the highest-paid specialties

Working in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, I have to frequently recommend my patients follow-up as soon as possible with their primary care doctors. I work in a couple of different locations, urban and rural, and I must say I have noticed a …

Primary care should be one of the highest-paid specialties

Working in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, I have to frequently recommend my patients follow-up as soon as possible with their primary care doctors. I work in a couple of different locations, urban and rural, and I must say I have noticed a …

Changing the habit of physician drinking

Tuesday, getting ready for work. Standing in the shower, it hit me. I couldn’t remember the last time I wanted a drink. I almost got a blob of conditioner in my mouth as I snorted out loud. “Mom, you OK?” “Yeah, baby, I’m great.&#8221…

How do you determine that the dream of medicine is worth it?

I’m fascinated by the human body — the intricacies of it, the poetry of it. I am intrigued that a cell can come together with other cells to form tissues, those tissues, organs, and systems. The body is a powerful metaphor for unity: what happens…

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