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Nomadic Belongings and Nicole Meline

  Retreat.  This is a word for my sister, someone far more mature in self compassion and peacemaking than me.  This word became part of my story in the last 5 days.  A retreat with strangers.  And my 12 year old daughter.   Wellness.  Work life integration.  Culture. ...

Nope, “provider” still doesn’t work

kevinmd.com published a version of this story on Sept 12, 2018   In November of 2015, Dr. Suneel Dhand and William J. Carbone penned, “Physicians are not providers: An Open Letter to the AMA (American Medical Association) and medical boards.” The authors ended their...

Sick days for doctors?

I was half way through residency.  Pre 80 hour work week regulations, 2001.  Here is what my schedule looked like:  Monday morning, arrive at hospital to round by 5.  Leave hospital Tuesday evening around 6.  Work out.  Eat a bagel and cream cheese and some carrots...

My Blind Spot

    I am new to twitter.  I am new to writing about being a woman in medicine, a woman in surgery, and a woman in orthopaedics.  I am NOT new to the feeling so beautifully summed up by Dr. Loren Rabinowitz in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 14, 2018.  In...

Virtual Friends

6%.  That’s how many orthopedic surgeons are women.  6.6%.  or 1/15.  That’s how many orthopedic surgeons in my department are women.  I don’t feel like a unicorn most days.  But some days I do.  Few people in my real day to day life get me…   take into account that I...

#crazysocks4docs day June 1, 2018

  The year was 1998. Surgical internship at Ben Taub Hospital.  This place was the real deal.  Gun detectors soon to be installed.  Security so challenged that we were unfazed by bomb threats.  Rival gangs shooting at each other in the ER.  Prisoner patients cuffed to...

Memorial Day 2018

  My father was not a traditional man.  He had issues with authority and hierarchy.  But he was adamant about respect for people in uniform.  Police uniform, fire fighter uniform, and especially military uniform.  He said “thank you for your service” to all of them.  ...

My Path to Orthopaedic Surgery

I became an orthopaedic surgeon because... When I think about how I decided to become an orthopaedist, I am tempted to pull out the essay I enclosed with my applications to residency. The problem is, this essay lacked 2 things: honesty and humor. The short answer is...

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