There’s a great song by Don McLean called “American Pie”. The chorus talks about “the day the music died”. I thought about that song in my hospital a couple years ago, when the music died there, too. I’ve noticed that our physician burnout and nurse frustration have increased in the years since the music died. Could it be coincidence? Continue reading
New research highlights the connection between a person’s cognitive style and musical preferences.
Two new studies suggest that people with a tendency toward empathizing prefer mellow music across a multitude of genres, while individuals with a bias toward systemizing prefer music that features high arousal and complexity.
Researchers also report that empathy levels are linked to a preference for mellow music within a single genre and negatively correlate with preferences for intense music. Continue reading
I’m no economist. In fact, I have never taken any business or accounting classes in my life. But it doesn’t take a formal education to get this. We are speeding down the wrong path.
The call at three in the morning woke me from a deep sleep. I fumbled and strained to hear the whispered voice of the apologetic nurse. Apparently Mrs. Thompson had scraped her arm against the wheelchair, and suffered a minor abrasion. No harm, no foul. Except that ever since the state had come in and eviscerated the nursing home protocols, extra precautions were being taken. Some things just won’t be left till the morning anymore. Continue reading
I’ve wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember. As a teen, the
helping others. Better yet, pediatrics offered the ability to work with families and children of all ages and developmental abilities.
For fifteen years, I lived, breathed, and worked toward my goal to become a pediatrician. In college, I studied the foundational cornerstones of science and humanities and Continue reading
Although doctors are at an increased risk of developing a mental illness and have a higher rate of suicide than the general public, a survey of psychiatrists has found that many of them would avoid telling others about their condition.
An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history from one practice. An EMR is mostly used by providers for diagnosis and treatment. Lets review the Pros and the Cons… Continue reading
One of my biggest pet peeves in life is tardiness. I hate it when other people are late. It’s as if they are not respecting my time. But you know what? I hate being late myself even more. In fact, I cringe at the thought. Conscientious, successful people are on time.
So you can imagine that nothing irks me more than being late myself. But I am late — 10 minutes, 30 minutes, sometimes Continue reading