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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 2:49pm
Did you see the happy winners in the papers or on the internet? A “once in a lifetime” moment. For most, winning the lottery is not the godsend they have dreamt of. To suddenly become part of the one per cent is not easy.  Most fritter away their winnings, and end up much less happy than they were...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 2:03pm
Like me, you are probably sick and tired of the numerous negative ads on TV and radio for the presidential candidates. And you are tiered of picking up the phone to listen to a representative from the RNC or DNC urging you to vote for their candidate. You might be scared of what could happen if the...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 5:15pm
Speaking at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville, TNI am very embarrassed that I neglected to post this video before now. As many of you know I was a speaker last spring at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville.I promised to show you the video of my talk. Hmmm…Well, here it is, better late than never, I believe....
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 09/16/2012 - 4:32pm
Sunset
I must say I am a bit disappointed. I anticipated that my last post would have generated millions of comments, or at least a couple. I was anticipating posting your thoughts and insights into the process of reflection. Oh well, such is the plight of the blogger. They say fewer than 1 per cent of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:55am
As I have written recently, I am working with the pediatric residents on enhancing professionalism in our practice of pediatrics. Part of this entails the process of reflecting upon situations or cases that exemplify issues which either pose a challenge to one of the pillars of professionalism, or...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 11:58am
[[{"fid":"2706","view_mode":"default","type":"media","attributes":{"height":683,"width":1024,"style":"width: 300px; height: 200px;","class":"media-element file-default"}}]] Of course you do. Everyone does, at least occasionally. I know that I certainly need one, and am delighted that I am about to...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 4:25pm
Those of you who know me in person may have detected a bit of increased tension over the last few weeks. I find I am not as fun to be around as usual. I am probably scowling more than I am smiling. I have frequent headaches. Why? Because it's "budget season" Just as in any other business, the...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:03am
I have become rather obsessed lately with how to facilitate the development of professionalism in physicians. Humanism is important in medical practice, and is included as a component in most definitions of medical professionalism. A healthcare practitioner who acts humanely thinks about the person...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:21pm
This is the first "story" in my intermittent ongoing series on child abuse, sometimes called "child maltreatment"  or "non-accidental trauma." I have found this one very difficult to write. I have been working on it for over two weeks, although it has been begging to be written for over two decades...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 1:28pm
Happy baby
My babies were delivered the third week of June. They spent two weeks getting fed a variety of information, most of which they have probably already forgotten. Then, on Monday, July 2, they began their three-year journey toward becoming the world’s best pediatricians. I have spoken before about how...