What Healthcare Can Learn from Crossfit

From humble roots in Santa Cruz, CA, CrossFit has become a national (and now international) phenomenon with not only a viral spread of some 13,000 … [Read more...]

How Social Media Can Invigorate Medical Conferences (and Specialties)

From the very outset of the American College of Cardiology meeting, the hashtag #ACC16 began trending. Analytics from #ACC16 demonstrated that by the … [Read more...]

Why Medicine Needs Its Stories

I was at a dinner meeting for our hospital last week, and before everyone went in to sit at their tables and hear the evening’s speeches, there was … [Read more...]

Are There Social Determinants for Chronic Pain?

Over the past few months, the federal government has mobilized against what is being called "the opioid crisis": a national epidemic of fatal … [Read more...]

Advice to a New Class of Young Doctors

Match day has just passed and a new crop of medical students now know where they will be starting their clinical careers. One thing is for sure, these … [Read more...]

Road-Tested Advice for New Residents

A few years ago, the hospital where I work started new residency programs in internal medicine and family practice. Many of the residents do rotations … [Read more...]

When Surgeons Learn from YouTube

A study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery this month reports that 64 percent of plastic surgeons describe having used online videos to learn new … [Read more...]

What Doctors Need to Know About Fat

As physicians, many of us were trained to tell our patients that eating cholesterol and fat – especially saturated fat– causes heart attacks, and that … [Read more...]

My Education Versus Your Health

With Match Day around the corner and graduation coming shortly after, I find myself frequently reflecting on my nearly four years of medical school. … [Read more...]

As Doctors, We Must Be Generous with Hope

Hope is a tricky thing. On the one hand, false hope can lead patients to opt for painful, futile treatments at the end of life. On the other, … [Read more...]