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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:56pm
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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:56pm
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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:55pm
If you are alive and connected to any media source, no doubt you have seen or heard reports about a “new” virus that is infecting children by the hundreds.  Parents and others are worried. Will this infect my child, and how sick will he or she be from it? The first thing I need to say is that there...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:44pm
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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:42pm
No matter the day, no matter the season, Americans seem fascinated with the parts of our culture that are not seemingly consistent with what we like to think of as “The American Way.” [[{"fid":"22936","view_mode":"full_content","fields":{"format":"full_content","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:05pm
Another thing about July… I spoke in my last post about the importance of July 1, in medical systems, as new interns start their road to becoming independent physicians and surgeons. However, July has another important meaning:   [[{"fid":"22401","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:53pm
July is known mostly for the loud and colorful celebration we call  Independence Day; yet those of us intimately involved as medical educators know that the most important day in July is the first day of the month.   [[{"fid":"21431","view_mode":"full_content","fields":{"format":"full_content","...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:23pm
I recently wrote a column for one of the Carilion Clinic magazines. I have a slightly longer version that I would like to share with the readers of this blog, in case you didn't catch it. And I would love to see your comments at the end. Children’s hospitals are special places. They are full of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 3:37pm
A few days ago, I wrote a post about the ordeal and complexities faced by the family of Jahi McMath, and the issues of brain death in a pediatric patient. While this scenario is playing out in California, there is another drama playing out in a hospital in Texas, where a dead pregnant woman is...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 9:10pm
I fully intended my first blog post of the year to be upbeat and full of promise for the new year. However, I am so disturbed by the events taking place in Oakland, CA, and the confusion over the situation that I felt compelled to write about death today, when my first "to do" of the new year...