August 21, 2019 |  0
I lost my dad a couple of years ago to bladder cancer at age 86, but the truth is, he had already been quietly slipping away from us for several years into the twilight of Alzheimer’s Disease. More recently, I have watched my friend Sheri struggle with the challenges of being a full-time caregiver for […]
June 26, 2019 |  1
It is that time of year… it’s hotter, more humid and more hazy. However, while most of the academic world slows down in the summer for sabbatical, hospitals everywhere are frantically orienting new interns before unleashing them to take care of patients… supervised, of course. While much attention is paid to the “July effect” and […]
June 19, 2019 |  0
Becoming a leader in medicine is a unique process. I can’t think of another career where during ones training, regardless of how good you are at your job, you are automatically promoted to a more senior position each year! As you’ll recall, each July a new crop of interns shows up to our nation’s hospitals, […]
By Nagendra Gupta, MD
June 13, 2019 |  2
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the entire lawsuit – including the plaintiff’s allegations as well as the physician’s defense – is structured around the patient’s medical record. It has been proven beyond doubt that a well-written note can go a long way in formulating a good defense against lawsuits. Your documentation is not only a piece of […]
By Jennifer K. Chen, MD
April 15, 2019 |  1
By: Jennifer K. Chen, MD, pediatric hospital medicine fellow at Rady Children’s Hospital, UC San Diego I first heard the term “discharge before noon” (DCBN) as a third-year medical student starting my internal medicine rotation. The basic idea made sense: get patients out of the hospital early so rooms can be cleaned more quickly and […]
By Leif Hass, MD
April 12, 2019 |  1
By: Leif Hass, MD, Hospitalist, Sutter Health, Oakland, CA I rush into the room at 4:30 p.m., hoping for a quick visit and maybe an early exit from the hospital; I had been asked to see Mr. Bryant in room 6765 with sigmoid volvulus. “Hey, Dr. Hass, my brother!” he says with a huge smile. […]