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At Odds: Quantity vs. Quality

April 27, 2012


As a medical student who just completed this third year of training, I took special interest in Dr. Pauline Chen’s recent article about Harvard Medical School’s “Integrated Clerkship” – a program that eliminates traditional block-style clerkships and asks students to follow a panel of “up to 100 patients” longitudinally over the course of a year […]

Government Shutdown Perspective: “Leaders Eat Last”

April 8, 2011


I try to keep my political opinions to myself – this blog has no political agenda, and never will – but I think people need to read this, regardless of their views on abortion, war, and public spending. Earlier today I received an e-mail from those who run my scholarship program, informing us that we […]

Get Off Your Ass, America

February 18, 2011


Even with the growing mountain of evidence against a sedentary lifestyle, Americans still struggle when it comes to the issue of getting enough activity. This Wednesday, the CDC released a new report with new activity estimates for all U.S. counties.   The conclusion?  “Americans who live in parts of Appalachia and the South are the least […]

The Bill Fairy Isn’t Coming

February 15, 2011


I can’t help it.  He’s a divisive man, but I still love New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.  Just as Jay-Z suggests, a Brooklyn boy might take some gettin’ used to. In this video from earlier this year, Rep. Weiner does a great job of explaining why leaving Americans uninsured costs us all more money: Though, […]

State of the Union 2011

January 25, 2011


Just some thoughts I need to put out there: Education reform – yes, please.  And let’s get my teacher friends employed while we’re at it First (of many) State of the Union address to include the terms “Facebook” and “Google” Olivia Snowe clearly got the memo about symbolic dress (Candy Crowley clearly didn’t – facepalm), […]

“Truly Unconscionable,” Indeed.

January 23, 2011


“We believe the rates are appropriate.” That was the response of a Blue Shield spokesman when the company’s recently announced rate hikes were questioned.  Subscribers in California may see their premiums rise by as much as 59%.  Blue Cross Anthem & others are doing the same. Remember that segment on the Nightly News, “The Fleecing […]