Last month we experienced yet another basement flood. “How could this possibly happen?” we asked ourselves after we got the call while traveling. We had taken enormous steps after the last flood just a few years ago. That flood was caused by sewer overflow (thankfully clean water) from inadequate town sewers. A huge rain overwhelmed [...]
Category Archives: Anger Management
I remember the first gunshot wound I treated in the emergency department at Jacobi Hospital in the South Bronx 35 years ago. Only one of two I saw that month in the second busiest trauma ER in the country. Gang fight. Troubled youths. In the middle of the night. Hand guns.
Did you know that urine pregnancy tests are routinely performed on all females before every surgery. No exceptions. The Children’s Hospital here in Buffalo, tests 9 years and above. Don’t know if a parent or a patient has a right to refuse the test, but I do know that the anesthesiologist will refuse to [...]
For decades I have been told, “When the number of women physicians increases, women doctors will be accepted into the medical workplace.” Thirty years later, more women than men are medical students, the pipeline has been full for decades and still parity has not achieved our rightful place in the House of Medicine. We [...]
In my office, every new patient encounter starts the same way. I walk in and say, “Hello. Let me put down my computer (which I take from room to room), wash my hands” (which I purposely point out that I do before I touch anyone or anything else), and then I turn to the family [...]
Recently interviewed by a writer, I was asked about my reaction to a number of male medical leaders who said, “More women than ever are becoming surgeons. Gender discrimination is a thing of the past and it is time to stop talking about this topic.”
Speechless, I answered with silence. What is there to say when [...]
Ride all day, eat all night, and make new friends in between. That would sum up our bike trip through Puglia, a little known region of Italy, famous for its olive trees and Trullo houses. And with 5-7 hours spent on a bike daily, helped only by padded shorts, padded seat and the promise of [...]
From sewing circles to quilting bees, consciousness raising meetings to book clubs, women continue to meet to exchange ideas and support one another in our pursuit of……? When I heard Gloria (Steinem that is) talk about our need to communicate with other women, I was in a roomful of like minded women physicians—we all were [...]
Juxtapose: I woke up this morning and NPR did not even mention that today was Equal Pay Day–the day when US women finally have earned the same amount as men in 2011–they had to work 3.5 months longer to do it. WITH: Dancing with Gloria Steinem on Saturday night.
Last Saturday night the legendary [...]
Outrage #1. Wasting time of skilled caregivers. Everyday skilled nurses and physicians’ assistants waste hours of time on the telephone either getting approval for medications that we prescribe for our patients or trying to fight a rejection for a medication we requested.
Outrage #2. Choosing a medication for cost, not effectiveness. A child [...]