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My Greatest Regret as An Attending Was Not Doing Enough to Prevent a Suicide

September 17th, 2018
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I had only been an attending for a few years when I had a resident rotate through the ER who seemed the opposite of a gunner. He appeared lazy. He would often sit on a chart. Once, as he was presenting a chest pain case to me, he was so tired he was yawning. My […]

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Posted in Physician Wellness

While Jeff Money Served Our Country, USACS’ Paid Military Leave Benefit Allowed Him to Focus on His Mission

September 13th, 2018
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Jeff Money had been waiting four years to go through Officer Training School so that he could serve his country as an officer in the Air Force. But when the call finally came on May 2nd, 2018, the Air Force told him he had all of three days to get his affairs in order before […]

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Working Shifts on Nantucket: “What Medicine Is All About”

August 23rd, 2018
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Speaking with the providers who staff the emergency department at Cottage Hospital on Nantucket Island, one word keeps coming up in their descriptions: magical. Even then, Nantucket seems to evoke a special kind of magic, a kind of nostalgic wistfulness for the most perfect, wonderful, calming place in the world. They talk about the island’s […]

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Interviewing for a Job? How does the ‘Ship’ Interact with Others?

August 2nd, 2018
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Michael Abrashoff became the captain of one of the worst ships in the U.S. Navy in 1997. The ship, the USS Benfold, was dysfunctional and the crew was sullen. The ship’s retention rate was abysmal (less than 28%). Morale was so bad that the crew literally cheered when the previous captain left the ship. But […]

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Journalist, Tattoo Shop Owner, and Sheriff: Three Physicians Who Came to Emergency Medicine As a Second Career

July 3rd, 2018
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There is a certain stereotype of the fresh-faced, brand new attending: young, ambitious, their heads filled to the brim with medical education. These attendings first come to their post-residency clinical practice with plenty of intense educational experience – and often little life experience. These are not those. Dr. T.J. Milling, currently an attending at Dell Seton Medical Center in […]

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Posted in Life in the ER