September 24, 2019 |  0
Look up from your stack of journals lately? You will note DNA analysis has gotten awfully popular. Mom, dad, and the rest of the clan want in and the temptation to obtain the blueprint that makes you, you has an almost hypnotic-like draw. You are curious if what grandma told you—half of your “G, C, […]
August 29, 2019 |  3
In my community, they have an event every Thursday call “Thursday Night Out.” The village sets up tables, blocks off a street, arranges for a band, some wine/beer, arts and crafts for the kids. It’s low-key and low commitment, both of which make the exponential joy generated from this event all the more wondersome. As […]
April 25, 2019 |  2
In April 2017, CMS implemented the new physician specialty code C6, specifically for hospitalists. There has been a lot of confusion about what this means and some uncertainty about why clinicians should bother to use it. Some folks thought initially that it was a new CPT code they could use to bill hospitalist services, which […]
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 […]
January 24, 2019 |  0
Some time ago, I wrote about job enrichment and the importance of factors like achievement, recognition, interesting work, responsibility, advancement, and personal growth in building sustainable jobs that one can do for a career. Unfortunately, making our jobs richer and more fulfilling is rarely something that others will do proactively for us. And we are […]
By Gopi Astik, MD
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 […]