Walk It Off

Bureaucracy annoys me sometimes. I took a break from it and went for a walk today. Walking it off is always good for me. I’m a retiring Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist and it’s usual for me to get 2-3 miles every day on the smartphone app step counter along with around 20 floors because I hate waiting … Continue reading Walk It Off

Love The Elvis Sandwich Tender

I just thought this would be interesting to Elvis Presley fans. You may be interested to know that several popular web-based news services in the summer of 2012 claimed that researchers around that time published a study specifically including the song “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley as being associated with upticks in oxytocin and … Continue reading Love The Elvis Sandwich Tender

Countering The Groundhog Effect

We’ve got a groundhog waking up and bulldozing our back yard, even though snow is forecast today. It’s pretty good at just putting its head down and pushing through almost anything in its path including leaves, sticks, small rocks, flowers, and so on. The groundhog's single-minded digging has helped uncover bones and pottery of old … Continue reading Countering The Groundhog Effect

The Clinician Educator Revisited

This is anything but a scholarly work, but my thoughts about the role of the clinician educator in academia need expression. The last time I wrote about this was about the time I started blogging, back in 2011. It was in the context, unfortunately, of a resident getting the impression that pursuing a clinician-educator role … Continue reading The Clinician Educator Revisited

Maxims And Birdhouses

For the past day or two I've been trying to remember who wrote an article with the word "maxims" in the title. I finally recalled "Simone's Maxims." The full title is "Understanding Academic Medical Centers: Simone's Maxims." I don't recall how or why I first found this paper about the academic medical organizational culture by … Continue reading Maxims And Birdhouses

A Plug for Healthy Living On A Healthy Budget

I got this interesting brochure in the mail a few days ago from Mayo Clinic, “Healthy Living Program for Physicians: An immersive experience that will benefit you and your patients.” There are several sessions a year at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester, Minnesota. I am not minimizing the importance of the center … Continue reading A Plug for Healthy Living On A Healthy Budget

Keenan Laraway, MD on Mentorship

I got a nice surprise yesterday. Keenan Laraway, MD is one of the internal medicine residents with whom I've worked. He said some very nice things about me on the Short Coat Podcast on April 12, 2018. He's headed to the University of Pennsylvania for a fellowship in Nephrology. Keenan has rotated through the Psychiatry … Continue reading Keenan Laraway, MD on Mentorship