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A resident’s dream turns into cold reality

It’s every emergency resident’s dream to be part of a big procedure: The rush of a heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled moment of slamming in a...

Fix the system to address physician burnout

The prevalence of burnout among physicians is estimated to be more than 50 percent and has grown in recent years. This alarming trend is largely due to...

Is rising maternal mortality just hype? Nope, here’s why.

The statistics are staggering. The high maternal mortality rate in the U.S. has been a matter of great interest and debate, spurring a reflective...

The key to health care is to have a great team

I was a chubby kid, but my parents still introduced me to lots of sports. Soccer, swimming, tennis, basketball; so many sports, when...

Resist! The invasion of computers in health care

I walked into the ICU amidst a chaos of harried residents, chirping alarms, and the whir of the portable X-ray machine. Aromas ranging...

Barriers and hope for diversity when it comes to clinical trials

The diversity of patients seen in any oncologist’s clinic is a microcosm of what makes America so unique. From one room to the...

This patient didn’t want my care because of how I looked

Brooklyn, New York, Spring of 1992. As I looked out of the New York City taxi window on Avenue T, I saw the...

Women doctors: Speak up, because #MeToo

“Aren’t you cute,” he said as he smiled and squeezed her cheeks. On the start of a new rotation, a medical student walked...

We are all just one diagnosis away from a different reality

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and...

10 golden communication tips for doctors. And 3 things they shouldn’t do.

It’s something that’s not taught anywhere near enough as it should be in medical school, but every practicing physician quickly realizes that communication...


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