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Dr. Rob’s New Year’s Wish List

This past year was a big year.  We got:

  • A new president, whose name rhymes with “llama” (which is cool)
  • A healthcare reform bill (results pending)
  • I got to meet a bunch of bloggers (including the South African blogger, Bongi)
  • I became a podcaster, joining Grammar Girl’s posse
  • Idaho remained in the union despite the underhanded actions of the plumbers’ union
  • The long-awaited sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks (although I too was disgusted by the violence of the fans)
  • Oprah was still afraid of me, announcing her retirement from TV.
  • Dr. Phil’s badgering phone calls continued.
  • I was on NPR, was in Medical Economics, authored the chapter of a book (forgot to tell you), and bought some really comfortable shoes.
  • I got stressed-out (although not more than Oprah) and took some time off.  People were really nice to me when I did. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Musings of a Distractible Mind*

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IDEA Labs: Medical Students Take The Lead In Healthcare Innovation

It’s no secret that doctors are disappointed with the way that the U.S. healthcare system is evolving. Most feel helpless about improving their work conditions or solving technical problems in patient care. Fortunately one young medical student was undeterred by the mountain of disappointment carried by his senior clinician mentors…

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How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students residents and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to…

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Book Review: Is Empathy Learned By Faking It Till It’s Real?

I m often asked to do book reviews on my blog and I rarely agree to them. This is because it takes me a long time to read a book and then if I don t enjoy it I figure the author would rather me remain silent than publish my…

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The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

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Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

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