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by Dr. Ian Jenkins MD I recently had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for Project Protect, an initiative of the Health Research & Education Trust (HRET) that paired rising stars in quality and infection prevention with mentors from several organizations, including the Society…
by Mimi Zander When I arrived back at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) after my first year of medical school, I knew what was awaiting me: thousands of alarms from physiologic monitors, most of them inconsequential, lined up neatly in spreadsheets, splattered all over…
Life is short, the art is long. -Hippocrates Aphorism Our pivotal moments today are holding warm hands and discussing issues of survival and comfort. And yet, the journey into medicine began with cold fingers and deciding which tortuous tool to use next. The medical school…
When you see him onstage, it's like he's always been here. Bob Wachter, one of the pioneers of the hospital medicine movement, has taken the podium at SHM's annual meetings for more than a decade. Whether he's uncovering important issues in electronic medical records or…
by Dr. Rebecca Lauderdale I’ve had an obsession with stories lately. Specifically, the way stories we tell about ourselves and others can either limit us or spur us to grow and transform – as people and organizations. Truthfully, it’s much easier to talk about this…
 When I got word from a friend Frank had passed away, I sat speechless and numb.  I met him early on in SHMs history, and right from the get-go, I knew he had a rare  combination of intellect, confidence, and folksiness.  I liked him the…
OK it's another anti-narcotic rant.  This is directed to all the providers out there.  A couple of things you should know: 1. Don't give narcotics for benign musculoskeletal pain. Give physical therapy and a prescription for weight loss instead. 2.  Don't give narcotics for osteoarthritis.…
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