asco-logo I was driving to work one morning, and as part of my new routine, I listen to The Moth podcast. If you do not know it, it’s a wonderful community of storytellers -- compelling stories, told by people from every walk of life. I often find myself drawn into the program (like a moth ...

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In his article, "Medical education needs to stop burning out students — now," Augustine Choi suggests the culture of medical education is responsible for increasing numbers of depression and burnout among medical students, and suggests that more programs are needed to address self-care and wellness in order to build resilience. While I agree that mental health treatment should be readily available and easily accessible to those in need, ...

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The storage capacity of the human mind is amazing. One estimate of the size of the brain’s “RAM” is as high as  2.5 petabytes (a million gigabytes). The number is based on the total number of neurons in the brain and the total number of possible connections per neuron. I suspect it is an overestimate, given the vagaries and innate inefficiency of biological systems. Nevertheless, the true figure is ...

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A recent uproar in Twitterverse regarding the publication of certain images has sparked further debate after the response from publishers. The images represent scantily clad women with socially "ideal" body-types, seductively eyeing the camera and would, unfortunately, be commonplace in glossy magazines meant to sell products using these women's sexual appeal. Body positive activists in society, for some time now, have been campaigning industry to stop this damaging and exploitative ...

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Dear Alex, As you realize your destiny, I want to share the lessons I have learned in my 45 years on the front lines of health care. I am hoping they will serve you well on your journey. First and foremost, love what you do. Have fun with the people who surround you. Know that in medicine, as in life, you will have the chance to make a difference in others’ lives, ...

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An excerpt from Hindsight: Coming of age on the streets of Hollywood. During my medical school clerkships, an attending recognized a truth within me that I'd hidden for many years. Just a few hours into my pediatrics rotation, the ...

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A commencement speech to the graduating class of 2019, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, May 10, 2019. In less than 30 minutes, you will all finally be physicians! (cheering) And this summer you’ll be set loose on your very own patients. (laughter) How exciting is that? Maybe a little nerve-racking. During your career (depending on specialty and work ethic) you may care ...

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It was recently National Teacher Appreciation Week, and many were busy recognizing their superhero teachers.  Schools dedicate the week to their teachers, parents bustle about with flowers, handmade cards, and gift baskets.   For me, though last week was an interesting reflection on how I define a teacher.  During Teacher Appreciation Week I recalled my fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Frazier, who had me memorize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream ...

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The April 18, 2019 CNN headline was a prime example of clickbait: "Feds charge doctors in 8 states in opioid bust, including ‘Rock Doc’ accused of trading pills for sex." The only problem with this headline? Of the 60 individuals charged, half were not physicians. More importantly, Jeffrey Young, the so-called “Rock Doc” who prescribed nearly 1.5 million pills of opioids and benzos often in exchange for ...

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Physician Speaking by KevinMD is the only physician-run, all-physician boutique speakers bureau in existence. We are practicing physicians who are as comfortable on stage as we are in the hospital, clinic, or operating room. We have the credibility to inspire your audience, and the authenticity to make a difference. We're proud to be keynoting the following events in the ...

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