Our local media, in an effort to raise awareness and increase vaccination rates, devoted a lot of time to the unusually harsh flu outbreak this winter. While well intended, the stories about children getting morbidly ill inadvertently led to a flood of families coming to our emergency room and urgent care centers fearful that their child would be next to get very ill or die. On one of my recent Friday ...

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“Wow, cool case,” was the response from the residents in continuity clinic on Monday morning as I told them about a patient I had seen over the weekend at our main campus urgent care. Ironically, or maybe more tellingly, I thought the same thing; “that was a cool case.” The “cool case” was a senior in high school who was eagerly looking forward to her college career but woke up with ...

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T was the last patient of a busier than usual morning. “New patient, establish care” was her reason for visit. As I would soon find out with the help of our remarkable Arabic interpreter, T and her family recently moved to our area after spending the better part of 3 years moving from refugee camp to refugee camp trying to escape the ravages of the civil war in their native ...

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With summer vacations over and school back in session, I should have gotten up earlier. The usually tough morning commute into Columbus was downright brutal, and I found myself getting repeatedly annoyed as I rushed to make it to clinic on time. Somehow, legally, I managed to make it right at 8 a.m., the start of my weekly asthma clinic. Though I arrived a bit later than usual, I still ...

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A tired but beaming mom greeted me as I entered the room. In her lap was a content appearing, slightly chubby, cherubic faced baby. “This is Caleb … isn’t he beautiful” mom gushed. “He is named after his dad …” but then added in a softer voice, “but I’m not sure how much he plans to be involved.” Mom’s smile waned for a moment but quickly came back. “Looking forward to ...

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