A Geezer’s Thoughts About How to Defuse and Diffuse

I was browsing the news on line, a habit I probably ought to try to break, when a story’s title caught my eye: “This Is The One Word You Should Use To Diffuse Any Argument With Your Partner.” I’m not a grammarian but I thought something was wrong with the choice of the word “diffuse” […]

Maintenance of Certification: Point-Counterpoint

By now, many doctors have seen the JAMA viewpoint article in support of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) but you might have missed the rejoinder on MedPage Today. See my tweet below: Alternative Pathways to Board Recertification https://t.co/Vt6rnTf7TS Point and Counterpoint https://t.co/h8f9Shlaq3 — James Amos (@jamostheelder) May 12, 2017 I read the JAMA viewpoint by Dr. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]