By Pooja Pundhir, MD, MPH
May 28, 2020 |  0
“…such disparities, which are biological in their expression but are largely socially determined” – Paul Farmer, MD I read this quote, and now more than ever, I find that it resonates with me in a new way. I am a nocturnist at a community hospital in one of the most diverse cities in our country, […]
May 26, 2020 |  0
You probably heard the news about the hopeful vaccine and the Phase I preliminary findings (catch the subject line). Keep in mind, most Phase one trials flame out before they get to Phase IV. Vaccines are one of those subjects I take for granted until I recertify for the boards. I know the basics, but […]
By Ameet Doshi, MD, MBA
February 21, 2020 |  0
“Where are you?” is the first question that comes out of my patient’s mouth. Not the typical query, but then, this isn’t a ‘typical’ patient encounter. It’s actually a valid concern, considering I’m about 60 miles and two snow-strewn highways from the hospital room my patient is currently in, admitted for a COPD exacerbation. Yet, […]
February 11, 2020 |  1
I am feeling discouraged. Actually, I am pretty frustrated. I truly believed that if we could “choose wisely” and cut out the nearly $1 trillion of waste in health care that we would make a real dent in costs in health care. Not only that, I even thought that decreasing these total costs of care […]
January 17, 2020 |  0
I recently read a story in WaPo recounting a farming family in NY, north of PA, who have hit hard times (they have five children). The trade war, among other factors, has chilled the price of cheese and milk and for many small to midsize dairies, the cost of doing business exceeds what’s coming in. […]
December 17, 2019 |  3
Two notable hospitalist studies out late last month–one from JAMA, and the other from JHM. First up: Association of the Work Schedules of Hospitalists with Patient Outcomes of Hospitalization In this cohort study of 3 years of Medicare data from 229 hospitals in TX, covering 114K medical admissions of patients with a 3-day to 6-day […]