It is a little after 9 a.m. I am about to start the second of a long list of endoscopy cases when my phone rings. I glance briefly at the caller ID to confirm it isn’t my office or the hospital calling about another patient, and am quickly overcome with dread as I see the screen reads, “daycare.” Intuitively, I know why they are calling. My four-month-old must have a fever. ...

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I used to have a patient who was an undertaker.  We had many conversations about philosophy and practicality,  and it didn’t take long to realize the profound insights one must learn when engaged in such a unique business.  As I was often fond of saying, when the undertaker speaks, you should really listen.  This belief that our experiences can lead to new and different perspectives has pushed me to analyze not ...

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Those who follow my blog know I write about science and medicine and their complexities and challenges. Sometimes, I write about anesthesiology and what it’s like to be in the operating room. I write about gender issues and things I’ve noticed as a woman leader in medicine. I write about my children, being a mother, and all that it takes to have the best job in the world and feel ...

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When we go to the deli, we expect to take a number and wait in line. Accomplishing any task at the department of motor vehicles can be an ordeal of waiting and then being herded out the door. This is part of life in American society. However, it should not be part of your health care. Patients need personalized attention and they need a health care team that listens to them, ...

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I am a frequent traveler and spend a lot of time in a number of different cities. The one I’ve currently been spending the most time in is a place, quite frankly, I’m crazy about: New York City! Anyone who writes a lot is usually also by default, a keen observer of people, and there’s no place better to do this than a busy, crowded city. There’s an interesting habit that ...

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Being intentional about everything in your life is one of the major pillars to having a balanced life. It all begins with organizing your priorities; and once you have set your priorities, you can develop a schedule that reflects them. In my case, my top priority is having a career that will allow me to live life on my own terms. Personally, living life on my own terms means having ...

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Today one of my favorite families came for a visit.  The kids were behind on their check-ups, but this wasn’t too surprising. Their young mom was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and was working her way through surgeries and chemo.  The length of time since our last visit made me worry that mom’s health kept the kids from their routine visits,  but upon entering the room she looked well. ...

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My wife is a urogynecologist lucky enough to get through her seven years of residency plus fellowship with “only” $124,000 of student debt. When we discussed how we were going to get rid of this debt, she had always assumed that it was going to take a couple decades to pay off. With our combined income, we certainly could’ve lived like paupers and extinguished her loans rapidly. However, I knew a ...

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Spoiler alert!  I recently started watching Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale after continuing to hear rave reviews about the show.  It is based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood.  I just started watching this weekend and am now caught up to season 2; it’s that good.  It portrays a world in which fertility and birth rates have declined so drastically, that fertile women have been forced to serve as handmaids ...

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A few years ago my son expressed interest in racing bicycles. I thought that would be a great way to spend time with him, and if I was going to be at all the races, I might as well race too. It would also help me take a few unwanted pounds off and get me into better shape. We started racing part way through the year and learned the nuances of ...

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