clinical

Time to Talk Lifestyle

Time to Talk Lifestyle

Boston enjoyed the first snowstorm of the season this week, and I was lucky enough to have clinic scheduled smack dab at the height of it. We pretty much never cancel clinic for a snowstorm, though there have been blizzards when I literally couldn’t get […]

A Hospital Angel

A Hospital Angel

My longtime patient told me the story of how she met an angel in our hospital one night. My patient gave me permission to share this story. All identifying details and clinical specifics are omitted, of course. Not only for ethical reasons and HIPAA compliance, […]

Searching for Meaning in Medicine

Searching for Meaning in Medicine

Clinical medicine, and especially primary care, is in kind of a bad place right now. When healthcare systems of all developed countries in the world are compared, the U.S. has the embarrassing distinction of spending the most and being the worst. It’s well-established that our […]

Hello steroids my old friend…

Hello steroids my old friend…

I know I’m overdue for a post, but I’ve got a doctor’s excuse: Please excuse my noncompliant patient from her usual blogging duties, as she’s been self-medicating with various and sundry over-the-counter, prescription, and voodoo treatments for yet another probably-worse-than-it-needed-to-be asthma exacerbation that was likely […]

Billions of dollars are being spent to develop fatty liver drugs, but diet and lifestyle work better

Billions of dollars are being spent to develop fatty liver drugs, but diet and lifestyle work better

I was driving to the train station listening to the morning news report on the radio. I almost spit out my coffee when I heard: “Local biotech company secures additional 70 million dollars in capital, on top of 65 million already raised, for development of […]

On creative work/life balance solutions, and fighting for my daughter’s future success.

On creative work/life balance solutions, and fighting for my daughter’s future success.

I’m pretty pumped about this powerful conference, Career Advancement and Leadership Skills Conference for Women in Healthcare that just ended. Anyone in healthcare who seeks advancement OR who makes decisions about the advancement of others can benefit greatly, so check it out for next year. I even […]

Hell Hath No Fury…

Hell Hath No Fury…

This pictured quote has unleashed a (quite justified) fury. A fury that started with a simple post in a physician mom’s Facebook group on Friday, and then exploded: this is now being covered by CNN, The Washington Post, and Huffpost, among others. Here’s what started […]

Doctor As Patient: My Medical Mystery

Doctor As Patient: My Medical Mystery

This was Tuesday: An hour into my morning clinic, my right lower lip and jaw started to feel like Novocain at the dentist. I found myself discreetly dabbing at saliva dribble as I spoke to patients. When I had a chance, I peeked in the […]

A Physician Colleague Is Being Attacked: How We Can Support Her, and the Facts.

A Physician Colleague Is Being Attacked: How We Can Support Her, and the Facts.

The call for help came from another physician on social media. Dr. Jen Trachtenberg, pediatrician and parenting expert at AskDrJen, had posted a video for National Immunization Awareness Month on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feed. Unfortunately (but predictably), a small group of anti-vaccination trolls […]

In Shock by Rana Awdish: A Five-Star Book Review.

In Shock by Rana Awdish: A Five-Star Book Review.

In Shock by physician author Rana Awdish was just published in October 2017, and already this remarkable memoir has garnered widespread praise from patients and providers alike. It’s being incorporated into the curricula at several medical schools, and is used in healthcare provider communication courses all […]