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Children and adolescents need well-child visits and immunizations, even during the COVID-19 pandemic

Now more than ever, children and adolescents need to continue receiving routine well-child visits and regularly scheduled immunizations. From the earliest onset of the COVID19 pandemic, there has been a significant decrease in the number of preventive health visits to clinical practices. Unfortunately, this new reality has led to many patients missing...

3 reasons why doctors don’t unionize

In a market economy, business leaders take every opportunity to shrink the cost line of labor on the balance sheet to boost profits and shareholder/investor value. It’s the metric on which they are evaluated, and left unopposed; they will do it more and more. The core strategy for shrinking labor costs (along with automation and […] Find jobs at Careers...

10 reasons why divorce is hard for doctors and 5 tips to make it easier

No matter who pulls the plug, divorce sucks. It does get better, and eventually, you get to a new normal — but the process sucks. I know this because our two-physician marriage ended 15 years ago when our daughters were six and seven years old. Divorce can be especially hard on physicians, and during these […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search...

Why COVID-19 is a threat to hospital medicine

As hospitals everywhere have been using every health care provider available to them in response to COVID-19, the specialty of hospital medicine has shown itself to be uniquely suited for coordinating the effort, to be the front of the frontline responders. I suspect that many people don’t understand what “hospital medicine” is, even though it’s […]...

What we can learn from a palliative care chaplain [PODCAST]

  “Faced with the prospect of not being able to provide all COVID-19 patients with the life support that they may need, physicians and nurses are working in conditions that have been described as ‘hell.’ How are providers to cope with the trauma they are experiencing in New York and Italy, and presumably other nations […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search...

A physician who knows the power of listening and teamwork

Standing in the hallway, I look attentively to the computer screen while the attending skims the records. “This is a longstanding patient of mine.  I’m just going to have you listen while we do a visit with our psychologist,” he says. With the paucity of chairs, I stand. I wondered if it would add an […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search...

The physician who treats depressed, anxious, and suicidal teens [PODCAST]

“After almost 30 years in this profession, I have come to the conclusion that there is some truth to that, as no day or week passes that I do not have a depressed, anxious or suicidal teen on my ‘to see list.’ Could it be my own personal history of depression and suicidal ideation? Could […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of...

I always hope that a sense of humanity will supersede the status quo

I look out at the world through bright blue eyes. Blonde hair. A skinny but shapely 19-year-old’s body. I know six languages. I am educated. I can prescribe medicine that saves lives. I am in love. I am a person. I look down at the tattoo on my arm. A number— like cattle. My family […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician,...

Complacency fuels the slow burn of COVID-19

In polarizing politics, it seems that somehow the greater good often misses the very grain that comes together and makes it great — the people. After we blindfolded ourselves to a warning from China and then Italy, New York witnessed the grinding impact of COVID-19.  Merely two months later, many other states are showing unprecedented growth in cases. ...

Don’t be afraid to say “Black” when asking about someone’s culture

On the morning of George Floyd’s funeral less than ten miles from our medical center in Houston, I was avoiding the word “Black.” Despite wholehearted pride in the strong Black presence in our community health center’s physicians, staff, and patients, I felt a loss of words that Tuesday morning. There was simply too much pain, grief, and […] Find jobs...

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