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...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 9:53pm
It's getting hotter out there.
Summer is a great time for lemonade
Libby, one of our "miracle kids" is helping raise awareness of how hosting a Lemonade stand, and buying lemonade from such a stand can help your children's hospital--OUR Children's Hospital
Follow the links below for two short...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 8:24am
You make me look good,
.....and I forget your name
You comfort my patient and their family,
.....and go home late to YOUR family
You help my student do the right thing,
.....and I never say "thank you"
You remind me of my duty,
.....and I yell at you for overstepping your bounds
You spend much...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 9:49am
In this post I will be asking more questions than answering, so I am depending upon YOU to add content for others to see, read, and comment upon.
and Thank You in advance
We are all on a quest for excellence. At least I hope we all are.
Hospitals are graded on excellence-did you know...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:49am
We are all reeling with vivid images of the Boston Marathon explosions. I see the poor 8-year old who was killed flash up on the screen and I cry. that family is irreparably injured, especially because the child's mom and sister were also seriously injured. At the time of this writing, I am aware...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:18pm
I have written before about being "on service" for a week on the pediatric inpatient unit.
I love it. I hate it. It's fun. It's exhausting. It's happy. It's sad. But mostly its never dull.
This week just past was no exception. Monday though Friday felt like it happened too fast. I was sooo tired...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 5:34pm
When I read something on the internet or elsewhere about meningitis, or especially about the "meningitis vaccine" it strikes me that the ubiquitous use of the noun without an appropriate adjective could be confusing for most people. Don't misunderstand me, I am not talking about adjectives like...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 2:19pm
I thought you might like to see this article about me that appeared on the Carilion Clinic website 2 weeks ago. It is part of a series aimed at helping folks get to know the leaders at our institution. My apologies to those of you from Carilion Clinic who have already seen it--some...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 6:09pm
So, have you folllowed my advice, and joined Twitter?
Shortly after I wrote the last post I was gifted by discovering this article which had been written about me, and this blog, and helps describe some of the tweets I share. By reading it you can get a good idea of how I use Twitter to share...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 3:11pm
I hear that question a lot. At faculty meetings, at medical conferences, from my children, my husband, and a wide variety of other folks. Really?
Well, I use Twitter often, and don't consider myself an idiot, at least not for that reason. I welcome other thoughts on the degree of my potential "...