Last week, I spent a few hours completing an online module for one of my immunology courses. The purpose of this module was simply to expose students to the format of lecturing and assessments that would take place throughout the length of this course. The portion of the module that I found really exciting was a series of videos depicting scenes at a local clinic where a physician examined a patient ...

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During elementary school, I saw my dad mostly on weekends, because he traveled for business during the week. Between watching soccer games and running errands, he never missed an opportunity to tune the radio to Car Talk. He is an engineer with a passion for cars, and Car Talk was his Holy Grail. He would guess what was wrong before the expert hosts spoke, and he was usually right. “Aha, I knew it ...

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The McDonald’s cheeseburger is an icon of America. Admit it, you know you love one. A guilty pleasure to say the least, but as far as cheeseburgers go, it is far from the best. In reality, if you were to taste test all cheeseburgers, the McDonald's burger would probably rank near the bottom. The beauty is that no one cares, and they sell these things by the millions. Why? Because ...

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As a pediatrician, I have always known the value of my presence. At least, that is how I remember feeling during long nights in the hospital taking care of sick children, in the clinic or in any situation that required pediatric expertise. “How can I help?” I would always ask as I entered an exam room. Answering questions from wide-eyed parents about their foreign and frightening new bundle of joy, ...

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Just a year after the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to race-conscious admissions in Fisher v. University of Texas, this issue is being pushed back to the front of the room by none other than the Trump administration’s Justice Department hauling out hoary tropes about “reverse discrimination.” They are preparing cases against Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, charging to the rescue of the multitudes of ...

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The writing's on the wall. The last few decades have seen two groups of people: One group that is “dying longer,” yes some might call it living long but not healthy. (As a physician, I call it dying longer). These are folks who are disabled, obese or emaciated and depressed or demented, with multiple medical issues spending a quarter of their life in the medical system, and the last decade of ...

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I was inspired a couple of weeks ago. Sitting at the WeWork facility in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. I looked at the group of entrepreneurs, creatives and innovative thinkers sitting in front of me. What were we doing you might ask? Collaborating to help one another build our dreams. This is the epitome of the human experience. One of the topics that came up in conversation was the difference between a man ...

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As an oncologist, I have spent my career learning how to break bad news. I am still not entirely sure how to tell my children about the tumor in my pancreas, why I will be gone from our home next week for a Whipple operation, or my excuse for abstaining from wrestling matches for the foreseeable future. I am blessed with two kids, temperamentally diametric: a careful, sagacious nine-year-old daughter and ...

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Which arrow causes you more pain, the first or the second? Fellow blogger Michelle at The Green Study recently posted a piece in which she distinguished between pain and suffering. It reminded me of a Buddhist teaching that inspires and humbles me. Blogger and curator extraordinaire Maria Popova quotes it in an article she wrote last year on a book by Tara ...

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I'm looking forward to seeing you for my fall 2017 speaking appearances.  I'm currently considering opportunities in 2018.  Please visit my speaking page for more information.

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