The Art of Identifying Jane Doe

Debra Hampton wants to meet in the family room outside of the ICU so that she can be close by the commotion of an unstable patient being taken back for emergent surgery. The lights in the room are soft and the hum of the heating system gives a blanket of background noise. Debra is wearing … Continue reading The Art of Identifying Jane Doe

The Doctor is in…24/7?

  Like many of my colleagues in medical education, I am a part-time clinician.  My time is split, spending less than half in my own clinical practice with the rest devoted to resident education.  This is precisely why I love my job.  The diversity of each day keeps me engaged, challenged, and excited about the … Continue reading The Doctor is in…24/7?


By Erika Sullivan, MD We are entering an era where the scourge of HIV/AIDS seems surmountable. Herculean efforts in the fields of infectious disease, immunology and care delivery have made HIV/AIDS a chronic disease, at least here in the United States. To a degree, this represents a fundamental switch for many patients, especially those in … Continue reading HIV PrEP

Providing Trust AND Truth in Family Medicine

By Bob Chestnut, MD “…we are living in this strange time where trust is more important than truth.” Comedian Hasan Minhaj at the 2017 White House correspondents' dinner Most medical school graduates would likely agree that their education was mainly focused on developing medical knowledge. For the purpose of this blog post, I am referring … Continue reading Providing Trust AND Truth in Family Medicine

Medication Reconciliation: It’s Not Just a List

By Karen Gunning and Katie Traylor   Across America, clinics are humming with the sounds of automated blood pressure cuffs, the beep of thermometers, and the clink of the scales. A commonly heard phrase in these clinics during the patient rooming process is: “What medications are you taking?” These five words comprise one of the … Continue reading Medication Reconciliation: It’s Not Just a List

Lessons from Global Health

By Richard Backman, MD I had the opportunity and pleasure to take Physician Assistants and Medical students to Kathmandu, Nepal for an International Health elective in April 2017. Let me preface this with I don’t speak Nepalese, I am not Nepalese and I am not an expert on Global Healthcare. We spent time in a … Continue reading Lessons from Global Health