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The Darkest Days

The first week of December, a young Minnesota mother died by suicide.  The effects of her death rippled through my FaceBook feed, particularly impacting the breastfeeding, attachment parenting, and ECFE communities. I read some of the details of her story, … Continue reading

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I Fought the Mall and the Mall Won

Let me make my position on the Mall of America patently clear: I Hate It. Yesterday, the Big E and his friend, who coincidentally shares the same name, dragged me to the Mall.  Their deep research into the topic had … Continue reading

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Minnesota Reportable Communicable Disease – the stuff we got in 2015

I did not watch the presidential debate last week.  Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from my most favorite publication from the Minnesota Department of Health: The Annual Summary of Communicable Diseases Reported to the Minnesota Department of Health, 2015. … Continue reading

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The Beauty of a Handwritten Note

“I’m kind of old-school,” Dr. Seshat admits.  She’s a millennial doc, finishing her Internal Medicine residency around the year 2000.  Her practice straddles the old and the new.  During her training, Seshat documented with a pen in a paper chart.  … Continue reading

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Vishnu, Protector of Humanity

“Some days I feel like I have the best job in the world.”  Dr. Vishnu works at an FQHC-designated clinic in California.  She calls me between the demands of work and parenting.  “We are invited into people’s intimate lives and … Continue reading

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The Apollo Mission

I reconnected with Dr. Apollo (a pseudonym) after  my recent Oberlin College reunion.  I’m a doc, you’re a doc, let’s chat sometime.  He agrees to be interviewed after reading my blog post on physician burnout.  “Oh my gosh,” he says.  … Continue reading

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Lend Me Your Eir

Over 13,000 people read my recent post on physician burnout.  Thank you.  Clearly, folks are interested in this topic.  Smart researchers are examining provider stress and burnout.  Readers mentioned several resources including Let My Doctor Practice and Physicians Working Together.  … Continue reading

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Laying Down My Stethoscope

One of the Star Tribune’s leading articles 8/7/16 is “Doctors Battling Crisis of Burnout.”  The article talks about how many health care organizations are recognizing physician stress and burnout as an important issue and taking steps to help providers develop … Continue reading

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Prince Day

Way back in April, when Prince was still alive – oh wow – Prince is dead.  Remember when Prince’s plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, and a male formerly-known-as-responsive was rushed to the hospital?  The He subsequently-identified-as-Prince revived, … Continue reading

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Secretary of the Interior

I’m at the VA on my medical school ENT rotation.  The senior resident is short with nondescript brown hair, likely near-sighted.  I’ve just watched the surgery of a man with an advanced head and neck cancer.  They opened him wide, … Continue reading

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