My First Published Case Report Is A Doozy


Another step toward educating my fellow ER docs and future physicians. Yay for me! I’ve been published again in Emergency Medicine News. The thing is, where I work, the kind of patients and acuity we see, there is such an untapped treasure trove of incredible “real” Emergency Medicine. I have so many, many cases in my personal files which I’ve collected over the past 24 years, it could take months to prepare them for publication. But, there is such juicy medicine, amazing authenticity and rich lessons in them. It’s only the beginning, my friends. Only the beginning.

How Many Physicians Does It Take to Perform a Cricothyrotomy?






“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV 2011).

“I didn’t say that!” I whined at my lawyer. “I didn’t question ‘why did she come to the ER’; nor did I ‘belittle her knowledge of her own illness.’” A medical board complaint had been lodged against me and the physician assistant. The patient’s written complaint detailed her brief visit with us in the ER before she was transferred to another unit. The patient had characterized my demeanor and words in an unexpectedly negative way. In my memory, the ER encounter had been so unremarkable and routine for me that I was shocked when I received the notice.

I have often asked myself if I am exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in my daily work as a physician. Do my patients see Jesus when they look at me? Certainly not always, as this patient pointed out. Continue reading

8 Reasons Why You Should Marry A Female Physician


8 Reasons Why You Should Marry A Female Physician

1. We know CPR.
2. We understand hard work.
3. We handle stress well and multi-task like pros.
4. We are financially viable
5. We are smart.
6. We have good personalities.
7. We tend to be low maintenance.
8. We have a unique perspective on life.