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By  | March 23, 2019 |  0
In many ways, the word “teamwork” brings to mind some dusty images of baseball or WWII. In some ways, this word has turned in to a clichéd trope used constantly in every arena – who is on your “team,” how to communicate with your “team,” etc. Hospital medicine as often been called a “team sport” […]

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By  | March 18, 2019 |  0
Recently, I was asked to present my top public speaking tips for a group of women leaders. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, and one that I teach a number of groups, from medical students to faculty. I also benefitted from just returning from the Harvard Macy Educators Course, where Victoria […]
By  | March 13, 2019 |  1
By: Mark Shapiro, MD, Hospitalist Medical Director at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital; Associate Medical Director for Hospital Services with St. Joseph Health Medical Group-Sonoma County There are few experiences more formative and challenging for any hospitalist than working during a disaster. Be it natural or man-made, a disaster brings challenges that are immediate, profound, disorienting, […]
By  | March 6, 2019 |  0
You have read constant references about ACOs (accountable care organizations) in every journal you pick up until you are blue in the face, I’m sure. You or your hospital might even be participating in one. Mostly all straight Medicare patients (the two-thirds not in Managed Medicare) are eligible for inclusion. You need two things to […]
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By  | February 26, 2019 |  3
A couple of months ago, I wrote about some key findings from a 2018 survey of US physicians by The Physicians Foundation. It’s no surprise to anyone working in healthcare today that the survey found alarming levels of professional dissatisfaction, burnout, and pessimism about the future of medicine among respondent physicians. Sadly, it appears that […]
By  | March 26, 2008 |  22
Do you get as annoyed as I do about being pressured on your “Time of Discharge?” I just received my monthly report, and we’re in The Doghouse again: our average TOD – 3:28 pm – is hours after “check-out time.” But when did we turn into the Holiday Inn? Let’s start by appreciating where this […]
By  | September 29, 2008 |  7
Last week’s New York Times front-page piece on colored wristbands highlighted an issue I’ve been fretting about for years. We can achieve consensus on a $700B bailout in 3 days (well, perhaps not), but can’t agree on what color a DNR wristband should be? Wow. My interest in this subject began with a remarkable case […]