Leadership should be taught

One more year of medical school! Third year reinforced for me that physicians have an exciting position in guiding and leading our health systems. This year exposed my classmates and I to a variety of teams and physicians with differing leadership abilities. During my surgery block I worked with a resident who was a poor leader.…

A Friend Today

A friend of mine is dying today. She and her family have shown tremendous love and courage while sparring with a recurrent disease. She has been a bright face for cancer awareness in the Air Force for several years. The story of her and her family’s battle has been published and has inspired. But today… It reminds me…

Recognize the Wins

My last two months of training were awesome! I was at the VA hospital in Denver learning how to care for patients who require care in a hospital. My role as the medical student included sitting with new patients to find out why they were there and to get their story. These veterans were sick, usually…

Cocaine and Sentinel Events are Bad for You

This is based on a paper I wrote during my neurology block a couple of weeks ago. I struggled to compare this topic to flying because of the terrifying magnitude of the problem in healthcare. For a rough comparison, we have destroyed a total of 124 F-15 jets from 1972 – 2014.1 That is less…

Aircrew vs Provider Error

80% is a number I never forgot from pilot training. 80% of aircraft mishaps are found to be pilot or aircrew error. The annual Nall report cites between 73-81% of general aviation fix-wing crashes and fatalities were “pilot-related” in 2012. (AOPA, 2015) The FAA says 85% in one of their training manuals. (FAA, 2009) Knowing…

Progress in DAWN Care Coordination

I wrote in March about the grand opening of our student run DAWN health clinic. It’s been five months and our clinic has been open every week. Over one hundred and fifty patients have come in, unable to go anywhere else but an emergency department. We continue to have hundreds of students volunteering, smiling and…

Primary care with a relay team

     The 2008 summer Olympics had one of the most amazing team finishes in history! Jason Lezak chased down the Frenchman Bernard in an unbelievable final leg to the men’s 400m freestyle for a team gold! He also helped crush the world record. The US women’s soccer team had another awesome finish that year. Gold!…