Advice for friends and family of people with depression: 5 things to consider

It's world mental health day!  So, let's discuss depression. Anywhere from 3 to 17% of the world's population suffers from it, with US being one of the highest.  That is a lot of people!  It leads me to wonder a) why the difference in prevalence and b) why did we not hear about depression as … Continue reading Advice for friends and family of people with depression: 5 things to consider

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Barrett’s esophagus

Okay, so, when I first started this shindig, I had this ambitious goal of writing a medical GI-themed post every Friday, something important but funny for the public.  I even had a cute name for the endeavor: "Farting Fridays."  You know, because GI, and because there is an alliteration, and people love alliterations on the … Continue reading Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Barrett’s esophagus

When one person dies so another can live

When it was time to decide which fellowship to do, I agonized for a bit; so much so, that I took a year off, actually, because I really don't believe in agonizing over decisions - I think important decisions should be easy.  The right choice feels right!  I even wrote my residency personal statement on … Continue reading When one person dies so another can live

Step back and start over

  Every doctor has had this patient.  You know the type?  The type that has an actual illness, or had one in the past, and now there is no evidence of anything active, but the patient shows up at the ER every other week, and knows the system enough to use the perfect buzzwords to … Continue reading Step back and start over

Is it ok to sew your colleague’s vagina shut so she doesn’t have more babies?

As if right on cue, a day after I wrote my little ditty about fighting micro-aggression at the hospital, I was fed a big old dose of MACRO-aggression.  No that I was particularly surprised by it, but it was just timely.  So, this here goes out to all those folks who don't believe there is … Continue reading Is it ok to sew your colleague’s vagina shut so she doesn’t have more babies?

7 ways to fight hospital micro-aggression as a woman

Sexism in medicine is alive and well, and all women doctors know this.  I belong to a group of about 70,000 physician mothers, and obviously, the diversity there is huge, but we can ALL agree on the fact that it's is tough to be a woman in medicine.  There are some major hurdles that are … Continue reading 7 ways to fight hospital micro-aggression as a woman

This is where it ends

I lost my stethoscope. I had it one moment, and the next, I didn't. I lose things all the time. In fact, I am a professional loser: as soon as I realize something is gone, I can stop in my tracks, and immediately trace it back to where I last saw it, and that way, … Continue reading This is where it ends

My vagina monologue

I really hated my OB/Gyn rotation as a medical student.  It was all women residents, and all women patients, and all women nurses, so I thought, nothing good can come of so much estrogen in one place, both flowing from the patients and oozing from the doctors and emanating from nurses.  There were a few … Continue reading My vagina monologue

What happens in residency stays in residency

Internship and residency can only fairly be described as indentured service.  You're at the mercy of the hospital and the program, and your personal needs and wants when it comes to control over your life schedule and activities are second to making sure you're doing what you're supposed to do in the hospital for as … Continue reading What happens in residency stays in residency