The sun is shining on a beautiful Friday afternoon when you pick up your MRI report from the imaging center. A meningioma brain tumor?! The doctor was looking for something else when oh-by-the-way, look what we found. You spend hours searching the literature. Then begin a whirlwind of seeing doctors and having one MRI after […]
You’re talking with your doctor and wondering what the heck he just said. Say what?! Plain language, please. Imagine if there was a medical school requirement on plain language. Actually, there should be. Just 12 percent of adults can understand medical discussions well enough to effectively manage their health and prevent disease, according to the […]
You’re squirming in your seat, eager for the speaker to finish his presentation. Hiding behind the podium and simply reading his bullet points, he does not seem the least bit interested in the audience. And why is he trying to make so many points in such a short period of time?!
You’re stuck in an audience listening to a speaker slowly reading the bullet points on his PowerPoint slides that you can easily read. The dreaded slow reveal. The next time you’re listening to a speaker do that – reading every stinking point – one-at-a-time – Yale University professor emeritus Edward Tufte wants you to stand […]
As a scientist, you feel pressure to get published or perish in order to move up in the academic world. Tenure track faculty physicians at medical schools may care for patients, teach, and conduct research. But doctors who don’t see patients feel an even greater need to get published. Why? Medical school deans and administrators […]
Otis W. Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, once told me that mammography isn’t a very good test for women in their 40s. “We desperately need a better screening test for this age group.” He said we spend an awful lot of time talking about whether women in their 40s should […]
Can you really play an important role on the healthcare team when you or your loved one is in the hospital? You can, especially as medical professionals are asked to do more with less today. An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from preventable hospital mistakes and one in seven Medicare patients in hospitals experience […]