By: Jose Rodriguez, MD I have had many blessings in my life—my wife (top of the list), her family, my family, and our family. We have not always had the blessing to live close to family, which means that our vacation time is used almost exclusively to visit family in Ecuador, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Our … More Servication
By: Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP As I embark on a new era in my professional life, I am giving attention to how to transition. Over the last twelve years as residency program director, I worked alongside remarkable and dedicated faculty and residents. I am immensely grateful for all I learned from them. Now, as … More Tending to Transition
By: Peter V. Sundwall Jr. Every small community has a unique but similar cast of characters. Our small Southern Utah town was no different. From a young boy’s perspective, the cops and docs were feared but cautiously idolized, the mayor was respected, the athletic coaches were immortalized, and of course, we had the homeless man … More Stu
By: Jose Rodriguez, MD Two years ago, I took my entire family to San Sebastian de Las Vegas del Pepino, Puerto Rico to celebrate my maternal grandmother’s (Abuela Orpa) 100th birthday. We had a wonderful time and it made me realize that there is a real possibility that I might have my own mother with … More How to get to 100
By: Katherine Fortenberry, PhD Previously published June 7, 2013, on the CFHA Blog I believe there’s no such thing as work-life balance. I think this every morning when I leave for work, watching my two-year-old son press his face against the front window and wave at me as I back down the driveway. It comes … More I Believe There’s No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance
I teach Physician Assistant (PA) students the art of the medical interview and this morning had just finished teaching the lecture entitled, “Delivering Bad News.” I walked the students through the S.P.I.K.E.S model, encouraging them to plan out the Setting, think about the patient Perception, get an Invitation from the patient to present information, impart … More “Bad News:” Any information which adversely and seriously affects an individual’s view of his or her future.