Speculations On Physician Seat Time With Patients

I’ve been thinking about the notion that sitting with a patient when I’m listening to them may give them a sense I’ve actually spent more time with them. This has been studied and overall, while there are a few caveats about the hypothesis including the obvious caution that empathy should and does involve more than […]

The Geezer’s Take On Health Care Reform

I just discovered this morning that U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack Democrat Iowa 2nd District has agreed to co-sponsor H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. This is the first time I’ve written a congressman to say thank you. Please take the time to do the same if the representative in your district […]

Time for Tarrazu

The other day we got some coffee that reminded me of Wisconsin–Costa Rica Tarrazu. Unexpectedly, it was available at a little store in town. In fact, it’s called Royal Tarrazu. I’m not sure why it’s called “royal”; it’s sold out of a company in Staten Island. Why does it remind me of Wisconsin? We moved […]

Open Letter to Iowa Lawmakers Supporting Legislation Opposing MOC

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) will soon be voting on a new resolution to oppose Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and preserve the principle of lifelong learning. It will entail pursuing the help of Iowa lawmakers in the pursuit of legislation toward clarifying what MOC should not be used for. I support it and acknowledge my […]

Hit The Road

Sorry about the long silence; part of the reason is vacation, some of which we spent making concrete plans for my retirement, which is definitely coming, although not tomorrow. That reminds me of a Robert Mankoff cartoon published in the New Yorker. Believe it or not, even physicians have to sign up for things like […]