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I am a pediatrician in private practice in my hometown and a mother to four young children writing about the trials and tribulations of doing both jobs on a daily basis. My writing reflects my personality; it is direct, to the point, sometimes whimsical, and always straight from my heart.

In a PBS interview, Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy suggested patients should “change physicians” when faced with non-empathetic doctors suffering from burnout. His cavalier resolution to our occupational struggle feels like a betrayal, to both his esteemed  more...

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Recently, a video went viral when a woman complained about the lengthy wait time at a clinic. On video, we see the physician ask if the patient still wants to be seen. The patient declines to be seen, yet complains patients should be informed they will not be seen in a  more...

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As a pediatrician, I work to keep children healthy so they can grow up and achieve their dreams. Occasionally, my naïve optimism has gotten the better of me. I especially have a soft spot for angry, defiant children. These children are given my undivided attention and  more...

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Physicians should be standing at the bedside, not in front of computer workstations. Direct Primary Care is a model for which we should all be rooting; it is transforming the physician-patient relationship and restoring the practice of medicine to its noble roots,  more...

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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a devastating and debilitating disease. Those who have it suffer most by losing their independence as well as their ability to navigate through life challenges. They often lose their safety net because the healthcare  more...

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At 6 a.m. one morning, I was playing tennis at our local athletic club a few months ago. Sam, working at the front desk came running down onto the courts. “There is an emergency and a woman on the phone says she needs your help.” more...

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Sean MacStiofain said, “most revolutions are caused … by the stupidity and brutality of governments.” Regulation without legitimacy, predictability, and fairness always leads to backlash instead of compliance. Here’s a prediction for you: If something is not  more...

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Thirteen years ago, I received a call from the mother of a college freshman who was concerned because her son had been diagnosed with mononucleosis during finals week. She felt something was not quite right and asked me for advice. “Trust your instinct, go get him,  more...

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Physicians are accustomed to seeing patients at the end of their lives. It is difficult to let families know they may lose their loved one. Clinicians are often accepting of patients DNR orders before family members are ready. This story is about a time where the  more...

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“Someone else will lend a helping hand,” a physician told me once, when asked to help with an emergency in public. As a PALS instructor for more than a decade, I have always responded when possible. In the last decade, there have been three in-flight emergencies,  more...

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