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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 11:58am
Of course you do. Everyone does, at least occasionally. I know that I certainly need one, and am delighted that I am about to start my one week “family” vacation. A time to enjoy the grandkids, who live too far away for me to visit as much as I would like. A time to enjoy with my husband, without...
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...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 7:15am
computer keyboard
I routinely have folks approach me in the halls, or through my email inbox with comments about my blog. When I ask them why they don’t write a comment on the blog page, they look at me as if I have asked them to light themselves on fire. What? Me? I can’t comment on your blog! I am not ___ enough (...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:57am
bluebird entering birdhouse
Have you ever wondered how some people face terrible adversity in their lives and just seem to be able to pick themselves up and start all over? Do you think these folks are less affected by their adversity than others? Are they less “emotional”? Well, I have been thinking a lot about resilience...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 10:48am
Well, you and I both know they aren't really babies, but they will feel like my children for the next three years--and probably for the rest of my life. Our first pediatric residents arrive on Monday, June 18. WOW! They will spend two weeks getting oriented and acclimated to their new "home" and...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 8:58pm
Bleeding heart
I visited my grandchildren last weekend—and my daughter and son-in-law, too, of course. It’s hard living so far away, but I try to get there about once a month if the weather and the airlines cooperate. My newest grandson is a little over 3 months old, and he is kind of hefty—weighing in at 17...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 06/09/2012 - 4:10pm
a condition known as holoprosencephaly
I have got to give you credit for coming back and sticking with me. Yes, my interview with Mike Wallace really did happen, and yes, today I am going to tell you about it. One of the reasons I have been "stalling" is because I wanted to show you some clips, but I cannot find any. CBS only has clips...