Recent Articles

Talking to patients about high value care, and why it’s important

Last night, one of my close friends told me the story of her recent trip for her annual gynecology appointment. Her longtime gynecologist had retired, and she was meeting her new physician. After … [Continue Reading]

The Life Lessons I Learned From Graduating Residency

If you had asked me 15 years ago what I wanted to be ‘when I grow up’, a doctor was definitely not a thought in my mind. I wasn’t bred at a young age to become a Physician by the ancestors that walked … [Continue Reading]

Finding Comfort in an Uncomfortable Reality; How a Physician Reacts to Death

"A thousands times we die in one life. We crumble, break and tear apart until the layers of illusion are burned away, and all that is left, is the truth of who and what we really are..." The … [Continue Reading]

On becoming a Cardiologist

As a fellow in cardiology, you sign up to be part of a specialty that can involves emergencies. As a first year fellow, usually you are running things by other senior fellows and attendings, and … [Continue Reading]

The White Coat Phenomenon, Doctor in Training

A few weeks ago, a teenager in Florida was busted for donning a white coat and stethoscope, entering a hospital, and fooling physicians and patients alike into believing that he was a doctor. He spent … [Continue Reading]

Patient ‘Care’, Begins with Listening to the Patient

In medicine, the seemingly simple questions become the complex ones. “How’s it going?” It is a question that is frequently asked whenever we encounter friends and acquaintances. In a given day, … [Continue Reading]

The ‘Model’ Healthcare System, Band Aid-care, and what we can learn from the VA

Having done most of my clinical clerkships in New York City, I came to Boston for residency expecting a similar experience in another metropolitan city. The culture of the Psychiatric Urgent Care … [Continue Reading]

Finding Poetry in Medicine

The Medical School Graduate Finally!  I’m an MD.  No more left to learn! Diploma in hand, what more could one ask for? What’s that you say?  Some chest pain?  Today? Don’t worry—I can help! I read … [Continue Reading]

Road to Fellowship, What ‘The Match’ Will Bring to the Future Generation of New Doctors

You’ve made it. Four years of college, four years of medical school, and three years (sometimes four or five) of Residency, depending on the specialty you chose. You’ve earned a prestigious … [Continue Reading]

How Social Media Shapes Medical Education

Like most people, healthcare professionals use mainstream social media networks to connect with friends and family. But about 1/3 of them also join social networks focused exclusively on healthcare. … [Continue Reading]

How A Doctor Deals With Death

Two weeks ago, I went on an awesome vacation to Las Vegas. It was my first paid vacation of my medical career and by all accounts it went very well. I won $50 on the penny slots and got to see my old … [Continue Reading]

FDA and Social Media: Impact on Perscription Drug Advertising

Studies have shown that 60% of Americans turn to the internet for medical advice. It's obvious how social media naturally seems like another method pharmaceutical companies can quickly and easily … [Continue Reading]

Ebola Healthcare Workers. Heroes, Not Villains

By: Jack Besser Selfish. Ignorant. Terroristic. You would never associate these words with a hero. Somehow, Americans have managed to do this. Healthcare workers who have recently returned from … [Continue Reading]

Affordable Care Act: A Doctor’s View

By: Meena Hasan, MD Most mornings, I opt to take the red line commuter train from my apartment in Bethesda, Maryland to my hospital in Washington, DC. Despite the costly two-way fare, it’s a … [Continue Reading]

Ebola’s Incredible Power Not Only To Infect, But To Instill Fear

Ebola is everywhere. Not literally. Turn on the television, and you will see the headlines. "Ebola in America.” Or “Hospital worker who handled Ebola is on cruise." And then there is the “Ebola … [Continue Reading]

Hospital Dog Therapy: Man’s Best Friend

Hospital Dog Therapy occupies a unique position.  Inherent in the human-animal bond dwell incredible healing powers. Offering their unconditional love and exuberance for life, animals enhance our … [Continue Reading]

A Resident Physicians Reflection On The First Year As A Doctor

It’s 8am on a bright Saturday morning. With my yoga mat beneath me in the open, fresh air of the city park, I close my eyes and do my best to strike an impossible pose. Everyone else around me … [Continue Reading]

Why The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Important

  Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the last month or so, you’ve probably heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Basically, a person is nominated by a friend to dump a bucket of ice … [Continue Reading]

Another One Bites The Angel Dust: A Doctor’s Experience in the Psych ER

If it were not for drugs and alcohol, emergency room psychiatrists would be straight up out of a job. When I completed my psychiatry core rotation as a medical student, I was exposed to the most … [Continue Reading]

Putting Your Best Face Forward In The Age Of Social Media

The age old expression "Don't judge a book by it's cover" we all know, but seem to forget. Everyone knows how important a first impression is, but not many know that there is only a 7 second window to … [Continue Reading]