Walking out of the ICU: Dr. X, Patient Safety, and the Battle Between Coronavirus Common Sense and the Hospital Bottom Line

As American hospitals struggle to admit waves of coughing, feverish patients to medical wards and intensive care units, physicians are finding themselves at war with the competing interests of other hospital employees. Continue reading Walking out of the ICU: Dr. X, Patient Safety, and the Battle Between Coronavirus Common Sense and the Hospital Bottom Line

Did Daenerys Targaryen have PTSD?

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, “The Bells”, featured a neat victory — thrown completely awry when Queen Daenerys incinerated huge swaths of already-surrendered King’s Landing. This led to heartbreaking choices viewers saw in the finale, when those who loved the queen most had to act in the best interests of those she had not already killed. Continue reading Did Daenerys Targaryen have PTSD?

A Toxic Legacy

The devastating Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks deeply affected American economic stability, personal safety and sociocultural divides, but the staggering health effects are only now being discovered and addressed. First responders, office workers and local residents were exposed to harmful building materials like asbestos, benzene, dioxin, lead and glass fibers among many other irritants and toxins that have led to alarming diagnoses. Continue reading A Toxic Legacy

Why Medical School Should Start at Age 28

American medicine is at a crossroads as doctors begin to reject a cruel, exhausting educational model and a minefield-ridden practice landscape. Hands wring over the worsening physician shortage, yet little happens to ease physicians’ administrative workloads or student loan burdens. This piece is the second most-viewed opinion article ever on STAT. Continue reading Why Medical School Should Start at Age 28

How to Work with a Recruiter to Find a Job

In your second or third year of residency or fellowship, your smartphone will suddenly start buzzing at all hours of the work day. When you answer, a hyperactive-sounding millennial will chirp at warp speed: “HiDr[yourname]! IjustwantedtoknowyouravailabilitycauseIhaveanamazingopportunity60milesfromChattanooga….” Continue reading How to Work with a Recruiter to Find a Job

10 Things To Do If You Did Not Match Into A Residency Position

Medical students who did not match into a residency position have a difficult, stressful, and uncertain time period ahead of them, thanks to overzealous funding of new medical schools, an influx of international medical graduates and specialty-switchers competing for positions, … Continue reading 10 Things To Do If You Did Not Match Into A Residency Position