The Art of Identifying Jane Doe

Debra Hampton wants to meet in the family room outside of the ICU so that she can be close by the commotion of an unstable patient being taken back for emergent surgery. The lights in the room are soft and the hum of the heating system gives a blanket of background noise. Debra is wearing … Continue reading The Art of Identifying Jane Doe


The Doctor is in…24/7?

  Like many of my colleagues in medical education, I am a part-time clinician.  My time is split, spending less than half in my own clinical practice with the rest devoted to resident education.  This is precisely why I love my job.  The diversity of each day keeps me engaged, challenged, and excited about the … Continue reading The Doctor is in…24/7?

God took your only child – Choosing words for our patients’ stories

  Osman Sanyer MD As a teaching family physician, I am frequently asked, by friends, students, and colleagues working in other areas of medicine, to share my thoughts on which skills and traits best define the specialty of family medicine. My customary response is, I suspect, fairly similar to the response that would be offered … Continue reading God took your only child – Choosing words for our patients’ stories

The Girl With Chest Pain

By Sarah Riley-Burnett, DO Her eyes were crazed and glassy when she finally opened them. She had been writhing in the gurney, gyrating her jaw with clinched teeth and breathing heavily.  When she answered questions, all her movement would stop, and she would respond in a clipped staccato formal way as though she were a … Continue reading The Girl With Chest Pain

Providing Trust AND Truth in Family Medicine

By Bob Chestnut, MD “…we are living in this strange time where trust is more important than truth.” Comedian Hasan Minhaj at the 2017 White House correspondents' dinner Most medical school graduates would likely agree that their education was mainly focused on developing medical knowledge. For the purpose of this blog post, I am referring … Continue reading Providing Trust AND Truth in Family Medicine

Just Do It

By Brian Hill, MD I have a big interest in Sports Medicine, and I was recently chatting with someone who is involved in the field.  We had a brief discussion on the topic of doping in athletics.  This is an intriguing but unfortunate topic.  It has been a part of sports for years and is … Continue reading Just Do It