By  | February 27, 2019 |  0
This Friday, a group of 50 women leaders in all sectors of healthcare is launching a new movement to advocate for safe, dignified work for all workers across healthcare. Why did I join? Simply, I have come to realize that if nothing is done, nothing will happen. In fact, the World Economic Forum has stated […]
By  | February 11, 2019 |  7
“Why are you yelling? Get the f* out of my face!” I was relieved. I was worried about her, having been brought in by ambulance seizing. My resident said she was not waking up for him, which we hoped was just post-ictal, but we were not sure yet. “Oh good! You are gonna be just […]
By  | January 17, 2019 |  3
By: Gopi Astik, MD, Hospitalist, Medical Director, Northwestern Medical Hospital I walked into a patient room one frigidly cold Chicago morning with the warmest smile on my face. I spoke to the gentleman who was admitted with an acute exacerbation of his COPD a few days prior and had improved over the weekend. He had […]
By  | September 12, 2018 |  2
I just heard. A colleague, a man of integrity and warmth, a hard-working physician with ideals, ethics and many valued contributions, has taken his own life. His perspectives may have differed from mine at times, but every interaction was infused with respect. He was a good man. Much has been written about the rate of […]
By  | September 5, 2018 |  0
It’s been 20 years since my third year of medical school. I studied endlessly, worked tirelessly, and forged the identity that created the physician I am today. Those were the days. I still remember them well. Attendings cursing my missteps in the operating room. My senior resident constantly dressing me down. I arrived at the […]
By  | March 27, 2018 |  1
There is an orange tree in our backyard planted around the birth of our first child. It thrives 11 years later, providing a plentiful bounty of fruit each winter. Nearby, a mango tree was planted when our second daughter was born. That tree never made it; the roots didn’t take hold, and it was gone […]