By Khaalisha Ajala, MD, MBA
June 12, 2020 |  4
One might immediately think of the murders of Eric Garner, George Floyd or even the fictional character Radio Raheem from Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed film, Do the Right Thing, when they hear the words “I can’t breathe.” These words are a cry for help. The murder of these unarmed black men is devastating and has […]
June 10, 2020 |  7
Don’t let my last name fool you. I am a middle-aged WASP, a privileged white woman. I have never thought of myself as particularly privileged. I grew up a U.S. military brat in a distinctly middle-class family. I’m not unusually smart, or wealthy, or talented, or beautiful. But it has never occurred to me to […]
June 8, 2020 |  5
Here we are, faced with history in real time. A plague upon a plague. A new one and a longstanding one. COVID-19 and racial injustice. Both are plagues upon our medical house, and it’s time for some spring cleaning. Initially, COVID-19 concerns brought news of an infection coming for anyone and everyone. Like the Black […]
By Leif Hass, MD
April 22, 2020 |  2
Over the din of the negative pressure machine, I shouted goodbye to my patient and zipped my way out of one of the little plastic enclosures in our ED and carefully shed my gloves, gown and face shield, leaving on my precious mask. I discarded the rest with disgust and a bit of fear. I […]
By Kathryn del Valle, MD
April 17, 2020 |  0
As senior internal medicine residents approaching our graduation this summer, my classmates and I have experienced a very different final few months of training, thanks to COVID-19. Far beyond not being the calm coast to the finish line that I had personally hoped for, this final quarter of residency will undoubtedly prove to be one […]
April 15, 2020 |  1
Not enough ventilators, a profound lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and overwhelmed healthcare professionals. Hospitals and systems stretched beyond capacity in the hardest hit states. Routine care ground to a halt. COVID-19 has pushed the US healthcare system to its limit and exposed its fragility. It’s not a big secret that the US healthcare […]