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Practice Status

In case anyone was wondering where I disappeared to, here is a news article about what happened. I’ve temporarily started working in Winona, MN. If you would like an appointment, please call 1-507-457-7701 and request me specifically.

Maternal Motrality and Infection

One of the phrases I tell myself came directly from a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) attending, and anyone who trained at MSU has heard this. “It’s better to have a living patient without a uterus than to bury them with it.” I remember my intern year and the first time I heard this phrase. It seemed so obvious to me. Of course, I would do a hysterectomy to save someone’s life. Read my newest article over at Medika Life

Aftershocks Webinar

In the wake of the SCOTUS decision regarding Roe v Wade, there is tremendous concern about reproductive health rights. What might not be so evident is the potential impact on wider-ranging rights, the overall health of women, privacy, and even business and investment.  Join us and a panel of experts as they discuss the unpredicted consequences of this momentous decision.

This webinar highlighted four areas of such consequences and the implications for:

Individual Rights     |     Health     |     Privacy     |     Benefits, Business, and Investment

Panelists addressed the key issues in each of these four areas as well as provide resources and ways you can take action.  

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Boston Globe II

Another interview for the Boston Globe. I just wish there were more I could do to fix this!

“We’re just going to see a mass exodus of physicians who are amazing and qualified, leaving states where they cannot practice evidence-based medicine,” Stecher said. “We will have a vacuum of care in those areas.”

#abortion #healthcare #womensupportingwomen #nurse #doctor

Channel 5 UK interview

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Tessa Chapman for UK’s Channel 5 News. Take a look!
https://twitter.com/5_News/status/1541473938580148224?cxt=HHwWgMC8uamYteQqAAAA
#channel5news #abortion #womensupportingwomen #HealthCare #nursing #doctor #prochoice

Health Tech World Interview

Really interesting interview I did with Health Tech World discussing technology in remote healthcare and some other great topics! Link
#nursing #health #healthtech #doctors #remotejobs #remoteworking #obgyn

Consultant Life

I had this idea….

What if all physicians and nurses were independent consultants. I worked out of a hospital for ten years, made them millions, and wasn’t treated like a human. Meanwhile, as a consultant I get to feel like Jamie Bond.

I get an email, they ask if I’m interested in an assignment, and I get to pick if I am. I’ve never been treated nicer by leadership. There’s kindness and teamwork. It does feel a bit like a witness protection program for being a doctor. You go to different places, and it’s almost like you’re stepping into someone else’s life for awhile. Anyone see Quantum Leap? Kind of like that…

The employers know you are a free agent, and can go elsewhere. There is mutual respect. If everyone did this systems and leaders would be forced to listen to concerns, or at the very least pretend to care. You can have long term relationships, but wouldn’t be bound by non-competes, which I really believe has given systems the ability to treat physicians however they want.

I guess the alternative would just be… people being kind and treating others like human beings and not property. It’s a thought.

#hospital#nurses#leadership#kindness#people#teamwork#consultants#doctor#doctors#leaders

How medical careers are like argyle sweaters

This post originally appeared on Kevin MD

Working in health care, going through medical school and residency, changes who you are.  We invest so much of ourselves and our potential futures into accomplishing board certification.  Once we achieve this feat, we often live in fear of one day losing what we have achieved.  After all, many of us have sacrificed hundreds of thousands of dollars, relationships, friendships, marriages, the ability to have children, joys of life, our 20s, and many will start asking ourselves, why?

We find ourselves in a situation where we are so afraid that something else will be “worse” that we cling to situations that are toxic.  I recently came to the realization that I was so afraid I wouldn’t get another opportunity, or business connection, that I was clinging to people and places that were actively harming me.  I was so conditioned that I didn’t deserve better and would likely have nothing if I didn’t cling to the bird in my hand.  However, we deserve better.  It’s a fallacy we tell ourselves.  There will always be someone else to do business with, another potential partner, or a volunteer opportunity.

When I was a senior in college, I had many life changes, as we all do.  I had no money to buy fancy clothes, so I invested in one suit and one argyle sweater to wear either with the suit or without.  I also am tall and awkward-shaped, so when I found clothes I looked reasonably good in, I clung to them.  I’m sure many can relate to wanting to feel confident going into interviews and other big events.

I wore this outfit to medical school interviews, fancy restaurants, when I got engaged to be married, and when I graduated college.  My argyle sweater from J. Crew was a staple of my need to appear like I had everything together and was successful.  It was part of the image I was trying to project despite not having any money and desperately trying to fit in.

Sometime during my fourth year of medical school, the sweater was attacked by moths.  The blue arms had multiple holes; it wasn’t salvageable.  I was clearly not going to wear this item to my clerkship rotations.  However, I couldn’t get rid of it, and it sits in a drawer to this day.

The sweater served me for years; I was still unreasonably attached to this material item even though it was damaged.  This feels very symbolic of what we are going through in health care today.  We are attached to how we used to do things.  We stay in toxic and damaged work environments because there is fear that we won’t find better deep down.  Maybe the next place will fit worse.  Despite the moth-eaten holes, maybe this was the best I could do and get.  And I spent $78 on this sweater, which was an astronomical price for me then, much like medical training is an investment of money and time that we don’t want to part with.

The fear and insecurity associated with change stay with us.  There are, in fact, other argyle sweaters.  And maybe they will fit better and be easier to slip over a button-down shirt.  If we continue to allow ourselves to be stuck in how things were, we won’t ever find where we belong.  We will continue to be trapped in the status quo of a damaged system that doesn’t serve us.