By: Jennifer Leiser, MD “Murdered? What do you mean exactly?” The human brain is not programmed to receive horrible and unexpected news. I just couldn’t get the idea to enter my head. My colleague’s voice on the phone was patient yet insistent as she repeated herself. Our talented, vibrant, brilliant resident, Sarah Hawley, was dead, … More Crisis: Leading and Following
By: David Sundwall, MD In 1988 I was asked by a colleague if I would be interested in volunteering to be a camp doctor at Camp Tapawingo, in the village of Sweden, Maine. At that time I was the Administrator of the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA), a very large agency in the U.S. … More My Experience as a camp doctor – 30 years taking care of kids at Camp Tapawingo
By: Sherilyn DeStefano, MD “Low tech, high touch” is a phrase I first heard used by an integrative medicine provider when I was in medical school. She used it to describe her practice style, one that focused more on physical exam and observation rather than labs and tests. Medical students around the country look forward … More High Tech, High Touch
By: Brian Vukelic, MD I, like many physicians, am the only doctor in my extended family. To say that they are proud is probably an understatement. I’ve been a practicing physician for seven years now and yet my grandmother each time I see her greets me with, “There’s my doctor grandson.” I have worked quite hard … More Family DOCTOR vs. FAMILY Doctor
By: Shane Williams, MD Recently while in the OR assisting a C-section, I began to discuss the benefits of different instruments and techniques with my attending. I noticed that he was choosing to use a wound protector/retractor instead of manually retracting with other instruments. These wound retractors are one-time use instruments made of rubber and … More Healthcare and the Environment
Contributor – Robert Pearl, M.D. Originally published on Forbes.com in April 2019 In a shocking development that could transform the medical profession, the International Journal of Health Services published the findings of a study titled, “Primary care, specialty care, and life chances.” Using multiple regression analysis, the researchers concluded that “primary care is by far the most … More Study: Primary Care Doctors Increase Life Expectancy, But Does Anyone Care?