I had just finished telling a physician colleague that I was volunteering on the team of a documentary about physician suicide. I told her that at least 400 U.S. doctors die every year in this way, that many of them are shockingly … Continue reading Why aren’t we talking more about physician suicides?
Valerie Seymour, had already notched one career pivot, from engineering for the defense industry to designing clean energy systems, when a chance encounter with a landscape designer led to another venture. Continue reading A Farm Story: From Missile Defense to Sorghum Cocktails
Depending on whom you ask, mobile phones and other portable electronic devices are either the single most important technological innovation of our lifetimes or dangerous, radiation-emitting devices that pose a major risk to public health in the long term. Continue reading Cellphones and Hidden Radiation: Is There Evidence of Harm?
Vice quotes me in their article about sex education. Continue reading Most Doctors Take Just 8 Hours of Sex Ed
1. She has slept for 3 hours in the last 48. 2. On his first day of residency, a vindictive doctor sent him on an errand to a nonexistent department just to watch him suffer. On … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why A Young Doctor Will Die By Suicide
In medical training, there were very few students or residents who intended to go into geriatrics, a subspecialty of medicine involving the care of older patients and an extra one-year fellowship after an internal medicine or family medicine residency. Future … Continue reading Here’s why geriatrics really shouldn’t be a medical specialty
Aaron Zaks, a family medicine intern (first-year resident) at Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, CA, did not set out to practice medicine on the Sacramento River, deep in the shadow of the Cascades foothills where Chinook salmon spawn. Continue reading Accidentally Rural
Could we lose hundreds, perhaps thousands, of physicians to bad software? I’ve written about doctors’ frustrations with software before, but recent studies have now linked electronic health records (EHR) to physician burnout. That means the software that runs billing and medical records and … Continue reading Until we fix electronic medical records, we’ll keep losing good physicians
If you’ve ever wondered how much of your body is made up of fat, you’ve likely turned to the Body Mass Index. Continue reading The Benefits of Taking a Body Composition Test
One of the interesting things about the medical field is how frequently doctors have to come up with a term to describe a previously unknown phenomenon. Continue reading The Crippling Case of Cyberchondria
A friend was in the hospital shortly before the New Year. I stopped by to visit. It seemed that her kidney function was grinding to a halt, and she needed special testing to determine the cause. Continue reading Target staffs up for weekends and holidays. Why don’t hospitals?
Find out what happens when you don’t change your gym clothes. Redbook quotes me in their article. Continue reading 7 Super Gross Things That Happen When You Don’t Change Out of Your Gym Clothes