public health

Everything Going On Right Now

Everything Going On Right Now

I’ve seen some Tweets poking fun at people who refer to the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, the protests against police brutality, the inexcusable lack of U.S. leadership, and, well, everything as just “everything going on right now”. It’s even got a hashtag. It’s its […]

We Can’t Ignore this Data

We Can’t Ignore this Data

I very much support the nationwide protests against racism, because racism is very much a public health problem. Michelle Williams, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, explains: “That reality is apparent not just in the police brutality that disproportionately claims the lives of […]

Coronavirus: Getting Back to Normal Means Living a New Normal

Coronavirus: Getting Back to Normal Means Living a New Normal

Here in Massachusetts, the numbers are sloooowly improving. Per the MA Department of Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, here is where we are as of Sunday May 17: Here at my hospital, our COVID-19 admissions have come down to a reasonable simmer, with 246 inpatients, 75 […]

Coronavirus: Call to Duty

Coronavirus: Call to Duty

I got the email from my boss on Tuesday: “You are receiving this message because you have been scheduled to staff an inpatient COVID-19 surge team…” What followed was a really long, dense list of critically important logistical/ workflow/ orientation information, replete with links to […]

A Coronavirus Clinic Day

A Coronavirus Clinic Day

This is a play-by-play of my day at work, during the pandemic. My alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I always get up extra-early for work, mostly because the T is variably reliable, and running late for clinic gives me palpitations. Better to avoid being […]

Coronavirus: Waiting for the Wave

Coronavirus: Waiting for the Wave

In the space of just a few weeks, multiple private COVID-19 subgroups have formed on Facebook, including a massive healthcare worker group with 250,000 members, a doctor-mom-only group with 30,000 members, a physician group of 20,000 members, and more. Colleagues from all over the world […]

Coronavirus: Where do we go from here?

Coronavirus: Where do we go from here?

Today in my work email there was a priority message from the Massachusetts Department of Health: “As of March 13, Massachusetts has begun to see some initial evidence of community spread of COVID-19 and the Department of Public Health (DPH) has made recommendations consistent with […]

Coronavirus: Real Time

Coronavirus: Real Time

Coronavirus is an unprecedented organism, and we’re learning about it in real time. We hope that we learn, anyway, from the lived experience of other communities around the world. I’m thankful to work at an incredible teaching hospital*, where experts have come together as high-functioning […]

This Meat Research Study is Bad to the Bone

This Meat Research Study is Bad to the Bone

So you may have seen some sensational nutrition headlines saying things like Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice and Is Eating Beef Healthy? The New Fight Raging In Nutrition Science. They’re talking about a horribly flawed research study […]

Don’t you want a doctor who cares about all of you?

Don’t you want a doctor who cares about all of you?

A rather backwards and whiny WSJ OpEd titled “Take Two Aspirin and Call Me By My Pronouns” has sparked an explosive backlash from the larger medical community, and with good reason. Physician Stanley Goldfarb, retired dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, laments […]