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Why veterans deserve special recognition

November brings fall weather, raking leaves and one of my favorite holidays.  No, not Thanksgiving, it is Veteran’s Day.  Veteran’s Day is a day reserved to celebrate members of the U.S. armed forces for their service.  Thank you, veterans.  Veterans are found in all segments of our society.  Some are retired, some have...

A closed-loop insulin delivery system improves glucose control

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 25-year-old woman with type 1 diabetes presents to clinic requesting more information about use of a closed-loop insulin-delivery system (artificial beta cell). Although her HbA1c is at goal, she notes frequent hypoglycemia as an issue. In addition, she would like to...

Always ask your patient this one thing

8:00 a.m.: Monday mornings are abhorred by almost everyone, but they are gloomier if you work as an intern. For me, this Monday was an anticipated work-free day — hence, it wasn't too bad. I had spent a long time at breakfast catching up with friends and later grabbed my books and went to...

A story from a physician’s journey to burnout

An excerpt from The Flame Broiled Doctor: From Boyhood to Burnout in Medicine. "So what did my bloodwork show, Doctor?" asked Liz. Liz was friendly and polite, but a textbook example of the Worried Well … healthy but neurotic patients I didn't need to see as often as I did. "Nothing, ...Read more...Your patients are rating...

3 signs that you’re ready to leave your job

Medicine is a calling. And almost all of us went into this profession for altruistic reasons. Unfortunately, it's no secret that the health care landscape has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades, and practicing medicine is undoubtedly getting more difficult for most doctors. Fortunately, I've found myself in a better place than...

4 ways doctors put themselves last

As physicians, we are conditioned to put ourselves last. This long-standing tendency likely began way before we hit medical school. But certainly, our training reinforces it. Think about it: the personality type that goes into medicine is typically a caretaker. And while medical school reinforces this personality pitfall, It doesn’t end there. Residency...

How do you fight racism in medicine?

I bleed blue and gold. No, I am not talking about Michigan, West Virginia or Notre Dame. I am definitely not talking about UCLA Bruins (by the way, UCLA fans, a bruin is a brown bear). That’s right — I am a die-hard Cal Bears fan. Thanks to Cal football, and particularly to legendary...

3 things women doctors need to succeed

“There was porn in the call room the first night I slept there.” The call room is the room where doctors sleep -- if they have minutes to catch some sleep -- when they are on call. When you’re the first female doctor to ever be on the service, apparently you might find porn...

The exact moment this doctor realized the amazing power of women

I remember the exact moment I realized the amazing power of women; that together, women can accomplish anything they put their minds to. I grew up in a household of women. I had no brothers to compete with, and my parents always encouraged us to learn and develop leadership skills. However, even growing up...

This is who’s to blame for the opioid crisis

“Do not get caught” seems to be the real rule of the law in South Florida, where I live. I was trained to limit the use of controlled substances, narcotics, hypnotics and sedatives. Their use can affect consciousness, ability to drive a car and work.  More severe consequences include respiratory depression and overdose from...

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