Why would I, a busy person with a demanding job in academia, spend my precious free time doing even more writing?
Disclaimer: Dammit Jim, I’m a nurse, not a linguist! We’ve been arguing over the language of the healing professions for a long time. Providers. Midlevels. Doctors. Physicians. Physician Extenders. Do the semantics matter to the development of the roles? To the patient experience? To the politics and payment? In a 1951... Continue Reading →
I’m not a fast runner. I’ll never win a major race, and I’m not particularly interested in going after a big marathon. I just like to run. Similarly, I’m kind of a lousy reader— slow, prone to mixing up letters and words, easily distracted. Yet, I love to read, and I love to run. I... Continue Reading →
The U.S. healthcare system is a hot mess. Even people who know things are convoluted and expensive might not realize the extent: we pay far more for just about all aspects of healthcare here than anywhere else, and our outcomes are worse pretty much across the board (see this article from the Commonwealth Fund for... Continue Reading →
What happens when journalists report the findings of a scientific study to the general public? Often, the findings are stated out of context, broadly interpreted, and stripped of the nuance and uncertainty that characterize much of scientific research. Should this scare us back from publicizing findings to a wider audience than you might typically find... Continue Reading →
There’s something undeniably alluring about being highly accomplished at something. Being the best. Being at the top of your field, your game, your performance. But there’s an opportunity cost to this kind of excellence— the time and focus you dedicate to one thing, you are not dedicating to anything else. Can single-minded focus actually undermine... Continue Reading →