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I Am Not a Patient Advocate

I Am Not a Patient Advocate | Medical Blog

"In the end, it’s not about the patient—it’s about the integrity of the work. The patient’s recovery is a happy side effect."

The Ambulance Drone

The Ambulance Drone | Medical Blog

Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones.…

Does Lowering Speed Limits Save Lives?

Does Lowering Speed Limits Save Lives? | Guest Blog

New York City's new speed limit undoubtedly lets the politicians and maybe the public feel that they are doing something about traffic fatalities.

Complications

Complications | Medical Blog

Complications are a fact of life in surgery. No matter how good a surgeon you are, no matter how carefully you manage patients, something will go wrong once in a while.

On the Unity of Doctors

On the Unity of Doctors | Medical Blog

Polices will never change based on just one voice. If we are to drive policy change and shape regulations to become meaningful for the quality of medicine, we need to find a unified voice.

Transformative Leadership Begins with Self-Development

Transformative Leadership Begins with Self-Development | Medical Blog

It’s not unlike throwing a pebble into a pond. A leader’s internal state creates ripples—which can either be good or bad—that extend throughout an organization.

Publishing Ratings for Airline Pilots?

Publishing Ratings for Airline Pilots? | Guest Blog

Scores, hours, and passenger ratings should then be publicly available and linked to airline ticket booking sites. This would enable passengers to select flights based on the skills of pilots.

The Etiquette of Help

The Etiquette of Help | Medical Blog

The first thing to remember when stepping into a bad situation is that you are the cavalry. You didn’t create the situation, and recriminations and blame have no place in the room.

Gladwell: Any College Grad Can Be a Cardiac Surgeon

Gladwell: Any College Grad Can Be a Cardiac Surgeon | Guest Blog

Instead of evidence, Gladwell replied, "I have a very low opinion of the difficulty of cardiac surgery" and equated the complexity of cardiac surgery with that of driving a car.

Diabetes Educators: The Physician’s Perspective

Diabetes Educators: The Physician’s Perspective | Medical Blog

When someone with diabetes comes into my office, he or she doesn’t see me until after meeting with a diabetes educator. In fact, each patient spends 40 minutes with the diabetes educator during the course of their appointment with me. That gives the patient time to learn detailed information about different aspects of their diabetes management.…

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