By  | October 8, 2015 |  0
by Deepak Asudani, MD, MPH, FHM Whether it is the prompt and expeditious international collaboration to develop an Ebola vaccine, or tardy but promising development of the first anti parasitic malarial vaccine or the fascinating technology utilizing synthetic DNA for vaccine development against MERS, these developments promise to highlight significant strides in vaccine development for […]
By  | August 24, 2015 |  5
  Economists describe preferences in two ways: revealed and stated.  Say, for example, I asked you to implement a penalty program for your team with the goal of decreasing the number of occasions members did not clean their hands after a patient encounter.  Because you know bad hands equal bad outcomes, you’re apt to offer up […]
By  | June 2, 2015 |  1
by Eric Howell, MD, SFHM “Tell me what you know about antibiotics.” That’s the discussion I start with hospitalized patients all the time, right after they ask me to prescribe antibiotics for their simple cough, or other viral-like illness. And, from their perspective, asking for antibiotics makes sense. After all, antibiotics have been the physician’s […]
By  | February 18, 2015 |  4
Mark Smith, MD, MBA, was the founding CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation; he served in that role for 17 years before stepping down last year. I’ve known Mark since we were residents together at UCSF in the mid-1980s, and both of us were influenced by training at the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. Mark […]
By  | January 13, 2015 |  2
The USPTF got schooled in 2009 when they released their guidelines for breast cancer screening.  They did not prepare for the backlash nor did they have media personnel or training to deal with the public’s ire.  The task force learned a lesson, and guideline release and dissemination has changed as a result.  The USPTF has become less forthcoming […]
By  | November 25, 2014 |  0
by Dr. Bartho Caponi MD, FHM The Ebola panic has died down; while many are under monitoring, there have been no further de novo U.S. cases since October 15, and only two more “imported” cases. Travelers are being screened and resources are heading to areas where they are needed. At my institution, Hospitalists have led […]