shutterstock_125513645 I came across an article featured on NPR and it immediately grabbed my attention.  Traditionally medical student education is accomplished in a four-year program in medical schools nationwide but University of California, Davis is now offering their medical training as a three-year obligation.  A three-year medical school as opposed to a four-year program is intriguing, thought provoking and possibly controversial. ...

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shutterstock_126729563 I head to work at my new locums job on the California coast. Summer 2015 is going to be a great one, I think to myself. I make the turn into the hospital parking lot, and a rusty old Trans Am cuts me off. I slam on the brakes to the soundtrack of screeching tires. Geez, I think to myself. It’s ...

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shutterstock_198931019 "Turn out the light, the party's over," sang color commentator Dandy Don Meredith on ABC's Monday Night Football when a seminal fourth quarter play occurred and the game was suddenly in the bag. For me, that's where it's at right now -- just a few ticks of the clock away First, for the American Heart Association then for the American Red Cross, ...

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Idioms are expressions everyone understands as something other than what the literal words say.  For example, when I talk about “putting all of my eggs in one basket,” everyone knows I’m not really talking about eggs. We say things like: It’s raining cats and dogs. It was a piece of cake! I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. We have a few idioms in medicine, too.  If I talk about “hanging crepe” in a ...

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shutterstock_132875531 In the last several shifts I’ve worked in the ED I’ve had more people stop and compliment me on my care. I’ve heard the usual, “Do you have a private practice?” compliment and, “I’ve been here a lot and you really took the time to hear what I was saying, I appreciate that.” Kudos are nice. They are what makes a tough ...

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shutterstock_274763711 The morning after his brother's bachelor party, standing on the fourth floor of his family home, Dr. Arvind Goel, felt the ground move under his feet. "First it was minor vibrations and then it built up in a crescendo and then the couch where my four-month-old son was lying began to shake." "It was creepy," Goel, 32, continued. "The furniture began to ...

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While there are worse times to sprain an ankle and chip a bone than just one week before a long­awaited trip to Venice, I couldn’t think of one as I sat in the emergency room for eight hours last fall. Venice, the place of canals and not cars; ancient bridges sans escalators. How ironic that just a few days before I was crowing to my husband over my hotel coup. A ...

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shutterstock_149069183 Recently I've been asked to write about rural surgery, what it's like, what's good about it.  Everything has its ups and downs. First of all let me say that whatever your job is, the money you get paid to do that job is for the crappy part, and every job has a crappy part.  The trick is to find a job that ...

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Can you imagine a world without health care?  This video shows you.  Courtesy of the U.K.-based Save the Children.  

shutterstock_149926556 Note: This case is meant to illustrate the potential negative effects of inappropriate imaging.  It is not intended as a diatribe towards any member of the health care team.  Really the only “mistake” made here was the ordering of the CT scan in the first place. A 37-year-old woman presents to her local emergency department (ED) with a 4-hour history of heartburn ...

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