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.
Because that is when the newly minted physicians (M.D.’s and D.O.’s) begin...
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...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 8:10pm
We are always looking for efficiency, aren't we?
Trying to go faster, get more done in less time, take fewer steps to accomplish a task.
It has been drummed into our heads since we were little. We must be more efficient. Well, I am not so sure that is always the case.
A couple of examples...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 11:28am
Of course she does
He may be a nose picker or nail biter, or she may be a smoker or over-eater, but that's not exactly what I mean
Do you think your doctor is able to change practice habits just because evidence shows that those habits are bad for the patient or society?
That is the topic of a...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 9:27am
It's just mid-September.
We have had a couple of days that have hinted of fall, with some cool nights and pleasantly warm, sunny days. Winter seems like a long time away. Yet you are already seeing advertisements about flu vaccines and are being urged to get vaccinated.
You know how I feel about...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 2:09pm
Over the past couple of months I have received a number of emails, notes and verbal shout outs wondering why folks couldn't "find the blog" or whether I had stopped linking to the Carilion site, or whether I had hidden my content somewhere undiscoverable.
"No," I said. "I have just taken a bit of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:56am
We have all heard the expression about how great a "teacher" experience is.
Yet in medicine we also are constantly encouraged to practice "evidence-based medicine" and not rely on experience in medical decision making.
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) refers to using data, generally gained from what...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 5:59pm
Think for a moment of poverty as a disease, thwarting growth and development, robbing children of the healthy, happy futures they might otherwise expect. In the exam room, we try to mitigate the pain and suffering that are its pernicious symptoms. But our patients' well-being depends on more, on...