There was an article recently published in Forbes titled "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Doctors." It was a well-written piece that outlined the multitude of reasons that many physicians have become disillusioned with a field they once felt a passionate draw to. The reasons listed in the article were accurate and included the loss of autonomy, mental exhaustion, and asymmetrical rewards. Many physicians feel ...

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On the eve of President Trump signing an executive order on immigration, I lay here awake, silently screaming for the Syrian children. What will become of the hundreds of children I met recently at the Zaatari camp in Jordan whose hopeful eyes searched my own for answers? Unable to return home because of a war that has stretched more than 5 years, where will they go if we turn our ...

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Alfred is 95 years old, and sits quietly in his wheelchair, rocking back and forth.  His strength is gone, and his veins and tendons bulge through fair, translucent skin, stretched over muscles of long lost size and use.  His greatest foe is gravity, which holds his lithe, bird-like form in the chair enough to cause sores on his hips, but only barely.  It looks as if he might float away. He remembers little, but ...

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He was a small but very intelligent and articulate young man. I had seen him before, but it had been quite a while. He came to me complaining (as did his family) that he was having some trouble controlling his anger, dealing with quarrelsome students at school, and not always getting his assignments inside or outside of school completed in a timely manner. We discussed the usual ways to approach this, I ...

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Should school boards discontinue support for high school football? That’s the provocative title of a recent article in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The background to this controversy is the increasing recognition that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a severe and debilitating brain problem first identified in former professional football players, can have its beginnings in college or even high school football ...

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I recently reported on Stephanie Waggel, the doctor fired by a prestigious U.S. hospital for getting cancer (story also the Washington Post). In a transcription of her whistleblower video, Stephanie describes how she nearly died due to obstruction of medical care: It started during my intern year of residency. Which, bizarrely, was the happiest year of my life. And all my friends are like, “You’re an ...

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My brother-in-law, Ron, was a curmudgeon; grumpy, sullen, even downright mean at times. By blood, he and my husband Bill were cousins. In the 1950s, when Bill was just a child, his mother died unexpectedly, and Ron's mother took Bill in to live with her and her four children. They were an African-American family living in the midst of a middle-class, predominantly white Connecticut township. Their home, located on a wealthy ...

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I was thrilled when I found out that February 3rd is officially National Women Physician Day. Then I realized that February 3rd coincided with the 195th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in America. Dr. Blackwell had the strength and determination of a superhero. She faced extreme opposition, was rejected numerous times, and was still seen as an oddity and inferior when she was ...

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“CODE BLUE, 7 SOUTH. CODE BLUE, 7 SOUTH.” I’m up and out of my call room bed before fully regaining consciousness from my light sleep. It’s 4 AM. I should feel ready: I’ve trained with simulations labs, mock codes, and test questions. I passed my CPR and ACLS courses. I’ve done chest compressions as an intern. But this is different. I’m the resident on call, and if I get there first, I’ll be running the ...

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The report from the field was not promising by any stretch: extensive trauma, and perhaps most importantly unknown “downtime” (referencing the period where the patient received no basic care like CPR). The patient remained pulseless en route; we were all aware of the markedly poor prognosis. On arrival, the patient was swarmed by providers. Trauma surgeons at the foot of the bed cut down at the femoral artery to deploy a ...

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