The Calm Before the Storm

The calm before the storm. That is what I have decided to write about, and I suppose the audience best fit for this piece are the thousands of fourth-year medical students, anxiously awaiting rank and match day, and excited to finally be called "Doctor." The process of becoming a physician is long, exhausting, and daunting. … Continue reading The Calm Before the Storm

Can the college drinking problem be solved?

Originally published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants on December 18, 2017. The news is unrelenting about the serious problem college campuses have with student drinking. At Penn State, a 19-year-old man died while at a fraternity drinking party. A 20-year-old at Florida State died at a fraternity pledge party, and … Continue reading Can the college drinking problem be solved?

WANTED: “TEAMS” NOT “COWBOYS”

Originally published on University of Utah Health Accelerate Blog on October 13, 2017 Dr. Kyle Bradford Jones confronts a long-held cultural icon in medicine: the cowboy doctor. He argues that living up to the cowboy mythology undermines how physicians provide care – in trying to do it all, they actually do more harm. His cure for … Continue reading WANTED: “TEAMS” NOT “COWBOYS”

The Diet Du Jour

Diet: NOUN diets (plural noun) the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats synonyms: selection of food · food · foodstuffs · grub · nosh Cultural dietary patterns are a window to the world. Understanding cultural food choices have the potential to bring us together and improve our perceptions of the … Continue reading The Diet Du Jour

For A Mountain Vacation, Allow Time To Acclimatize

What could be better than a winter trip to the mountains? For many skiers and snowboarders visiting Utah, the answer is absolutely nothing. They plan travel and lodging, prep their equipment, get their passes, and hope for the legendary Utah powder to be abundant during their stay. Unfortunately, while all of the standard preparations may … Continue reading For A Mountain Vacation, Allow Time To Acclimatize

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