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How ocean plastic picking made me a better pediatrician [PODCAST]

“It has been over a month since I started this new hobby. I told my middle-school-aged daughter tonight, ‘I am going to write a post about how ocean plastic picking has made me a better pediatrician.’ She replied, ‘You mean better than other pediatricians?’ ‘No, I mean a better pediatrician than I was before,’ I […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search...

Is pathology an ATM machine?

It was Friday night, and after a long day of grossing, I was ready to leave the hospital when the department’s door opened, and the nurse shouted, “we have a frozen for an emergency liver transplant.” Without hesitation, I took the specimen and called the attending on call. After a few minutes, the surgeon arrived […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search...

As both patients and physicians, women face discrimination

My first clinical rotation as a third-year medical student was in orthopedics. I remember the excitement of being scrubbed into the OR, with the gloried task of suctioning while the fellows did the real work. About 30 minutes into the surgery, when things were getting underway, a male physician scrubbed in and took the tool […] Find jobs at Careers...

Pandemic challenges for patients with heart disease

It is stressful enough to live with heart disease. Now, with a global pandemic, access to health care providers has shifted from in-office to telemedicine in many instances. There are challenges for patients with heart disease in this context: Patients are often older and are not familiar with using technology for videoconferencing (Zoom, Doximity,...

A real-life example of irrational health care spending

This week at work, I had a patient in the hospital who had been through a pretty challenging illness, and he was going to have to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) to rehab for a few weeks. Sadly, SNFs in my area do not currently allow any visitors due to the pandemic. […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician,...

A national patient identifier would make vaccinating the entire U.S. population easier

Developing the COVID-19 vaccine was the first monumental milestone on a long and arduous journey to achieving the entire U.S. population’s vaccination. One of the barriers to achieving this task is the absence of a reliable, scalable way to uniquely identify each individual before or after they receive the vaccine. Furthermore, in the absence of […]...

This physician is overwhelmed. She is not alone. [PODCAST]

“I am overwhelmed right now. I know I am not alone. I hear it in the voices of my friends, family, colleagues, patients. We are all feeling it. I am overwhelmed by this virus. There is so much to learn, so much to teach. Every day the information changes. Who is credible? Who is just […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician,...

A reminder to try anyways

The highly anticipated A Promised Land was the first book I could not wait to crack open over my two-week break for the winter holidays. Former President Barack Obama explains in his introduction that this work is the first of two autobiographical accounts covering the period from his state legislature run in Illinois through his […] Find jobs at Careers...

Not all frontline health workers who need priority vaccination are doctors and nurses

Canadians breathed a huge sigh of relief when the federal government approved the first COVID-19 vaccine and saw the first immunizations take place. The end of the pandemic and the prospect of a return to normal, whatever that means, became a real possibility. Rolling out a national vaccination program will be no small feat. In […] Find jobs at Careers...

Grief during the pandemic 

With this third surge and our ICUs at zero capacity in Los Angeles, I spent  New Year’s Eve alone at my apartment, recovering from a wards rotation I had completed the night before. No revelry or celebration for me this year.  For months, this virus has been wreaking havoc on our lives and slowly,   then […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search...

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