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IRON MAN - A NEW FRONTIER

It is not often you get the chance to meet a celebrity in the emergency department, especially at 2 a.m., and when that opportunity arises you must seize it. When Iron Man strolls through the door notice is taken. As a child I was fascinated by superheroes. Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman; my appetite was insatiable.

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THANK YOU FOR THE LESSON

Monday mornings on the unit are always a little chaotic. Even though during pre-rounds,  without anyone stating it, there seemed to be a universal understanding that the weekend was over, it was time to try and get back to business.  I didn’t have the chance to meet Christopher before the individual treatment team meetings.

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THE SWITCH

“So if you don’t mind me asking, why did you make the switch?”  I get that question quite often. I honestly never grow tired of answering it because that’s always when I launch into what rekindled my spark for being a physician.  I still remember running down the hallway, balancing on one foot, ferociously pulling on knee high booties....

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PAYING IT FORWARD

When my dad went in for heart surgery, I never expected that he wouldn’t wake up.  Not to say that I was worry-free, just that I worried about different things. I worried about his aneurysm bursting in the handful of days between our learning of its existence and the surgery scheduled to correct it.

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THE WILDFIRES THAT IGNITED MEDICAL ASPIRATIONS

I ran from my first fire. As a seasonal worker with the Forest Service, there were very few days between my fire boot fitting and the first time I trampled embers in them. I was trained to be part of a wildland fire hand crew. Hand crews serve a crude, but essential purpose. Forest fires often burn on difficult terrain.

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THERE GOES MY HEART

“That could never happen to me!” is a phrase most of us say about near death experiences, especially when you are in your twenties.  However, the reality of the matter is that medical emergencies can happen to anyone, including you and me. I learned this lesson the hard way when I went into ventricular tachycardia for several….

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STAYING ON TOP OF CAREGIVER BURNOUT SYNDROME

If you are the physician, recognizing the symptoms of Caregiver Burnout Syndrome is essential. According to A.A.R.P. it is estimated less than 50% of doctors ask caregivers if they are experiencing any burnout symptoms or high stress.

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WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

In August 2015 in Roanoke, VA, 2 television station employees were gunned down live on the air. The attention of employers and employees nationwide focused once again on violence, and more specifically, workplace related violence.

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STEVEN STACK, M.D. AND THE OPIOID CRISIS IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

I had the opportunity to interview Steven Stack, M.D. regarding opioid issues confronting emergency department physicians.  Steve is well known to many of us, as he is a very recent president of the American Medical Association and currently is employed as....

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YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT: DOING ITS PART TO COMBAT THE OPIOID CRISIS

Not a day passes without some story in the media about the devastating opioid epidemic in this country.  Often the item concerns the latest government statistics that show an ominous worsening of some indicator of the crisis – such as a CDC report that estimates….

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