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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. Please, 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
Dear readers, 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 "...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:09pm
Medical costs are out of control. Yet, outcomes are not improving. Why?     Greater minds than mine have grappled with that question, and it serves as the foundation for our ongoing debate about whether, why and how to reform healthcare. Do we limit the tests and procedures that doctors are allowed...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 3:45pm
We have discussed child abuse on this blog before, and I promised you more in a series I began last year. This time I want to tell you a story from when I was a medical student--admittedly some of you will consider this ancient history, and perhaps you should. I do not remember the names of my...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:13am
  In the past we have spoken quite a bit about reflecting in order to get to know oneself better, and in order to find better ways to deal with issues and concerns. We have spoken about how we are using reflective writing in the resdiency program to help identify how well the Pediatric residents...