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Sally Walker's Huggable Non-Fiction "Winnie: The True Story"

Sometimes we come across books that we simply fall in love with. For me, I've fallen hard for the Sally Walker's fascinating and adorable non-fiction title Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh (Henry Holt and Co., January 2015), gorgeously illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss. This is one of those books you leave out on the kitchen table so family and friends can pick it up. It lingers in the imagination, makes other writers smack their heads and wish they'd thought of it first, entertains and informs. Just like the bear on the cover, this book is huggable, irre......
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Accountability

I am a practicing full-time physician.  I practice Gynecology & Women's Health, but also subspecialize in hormone balancing, functional medicine and anti-aging. I have titled this post "Accountability" because this is one thing that American's sorely lack, and the current political administration has only added to this dysfunction.  Probably 90% of the women in my practice complain about their weight.  I'm sure this is common for many health practitioners today.  Wel know that the majority of the time, it is not a physiogical, endocrine, hormonal or metabolic issue.&nb......
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DarleneS
Unfortunately, Americans these days would rather be fat with a lousy excuse, than thin with good reason.
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Milford Davey
I'm a medical student currently studying in the Middle East. I just wanted to say it's not just an American problem... it's everyw... Read More
Friday, 10 April 2015 16:45
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DRIFT

Most kids thrive despite (or because of) mental health or other challenges.  I'm shifting my professional course to write middle grade fiction about these kids -- who are much like most kids, I think.   My first book, DRIFT (A Gargoyle School Christmas Story) stars Red, a sixth grader with attention deficit disorder who tries to avoid a winter holiday with divorced parents behaving ridiculously, but things don't exactly go as planned.  The second in the series, SPIN (Gargoyle School on Summer Vacation) (to be published by the end of Nov) shares the travails of Maggie,......
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A must have for an entrepreneurial physician is a blog

A must have for an entrepreneurial physician is a blog
Okay, this is MY opinionated view ... coming from an entrepreneurial physician for whom a blog has been a hugely valuable business building tool! Most of you know by now what a blog is -- when I first started mine in 2006, they were not nearly as well understood -- but in case you aren't sure, it's "a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent 'post' (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom." (I'm quoting Darren Rowse, one of the earliest successful bloggers). The upside of having a ......
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Suicide Witness

  As a psychiatrist, witnessing a stranger's suicide with my family shook me up, to say the least.  After seeing my family as well as emergency responders harshly impacted by this experience,  I wondered if psychiatrists underestimate the violent impact suicide can have on others -- even those who don't know the person who suicides?  The impact suicide must have on loved ones is unthinkable.  I also wondered whether there could be a  benefit in increasing discussion about the violence of suicide?  My article on the subject was published this week in American......
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Jennifer Bremer
Audrey, thank you for your post, that so clearly expresses the pain of suicide. I hope you find some relief in the good your word... Read More
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:28
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Reading Challenge and Diversity in Children's Books

Reading Challenge and Diversity in Children's Books
  Hey, did you know the ninth annual 48 Hour Book Challenge is going on this very minute? The clock is ticking as you read this, so grab a stack o' books and get at it. What is the 48 Hour Book Challenge, you ask? Here's how it works: chose your starting time within the weekend and read as much of the time as you want. The books are anything from middle-grade to YA to adult. And you can blog about it during that time too. Some people go without sleep and read the entire 48 hours. Others challenge themselves to be part of the 20 Hour Club. Just 12 hours makes you a participant and elig......
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NutritionFacts.org

Just discovered NutritionFacts.org, and I wish I'd found it long ago.  As a physician undereducated in nutrition and very suspicious that I'm not alone, I find Dr. Michael Greger's web resource invaluable.  The site also explains information clearly enough to share with patients, and well everyone.  Enjoy.

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Jennifer Bremer
Sorry to get back to you so belatedly. Just saw this now. But, I couldn't agree more! Love that nutrition is getting more play i... Read More
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 22:01
TinaTee
Thanks for sharing. Such a great resource! Here's one in return: Dr. Mercola... Read More
Friday, 03 July 2015 21:35
TinaTee
Opps! Sorry. The link to Dr. Mercola's site didn't show. Lets try this again: http://www.mercola.com/... Read More
Friday, 03 July 2015 21:39
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vigilance not checklists

Just a quick note encouraging all doctors to look at Dr. Jha's wonderful article delineating the difference between encouraging checklist use and mandating compliance.  I think the implications are much larger than just a few checklists.  Doctors are inevitably increasingly distracted by the massive legal and beaurocratic requirements descending, and patient care is sometimes suffering. 

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Mary Cronk Farrell's 'Pure Grit' Looks at WWII Nurses

Mary Cronk Farrell's 'Pure Grit' Looks at WWII Nurses
March is not only Women's History Month, it's also National Reading Month. So what better way to celebrate the two than with a gripping read about some remarkable women at a crucial time in America's history. Mary Cronk Farrell's Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific (Abrams, February 2014) is designated for a third- to seventh-grade audience, but its appeal is much broader. I've talked about this title with parents and grownup friends as well as my own kids, and I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Not only does it detail the harrowi......
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"Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?" A Picture Book for Young Readers

"Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?" A Picture Book for Young Readers
Once upon a time, when my husband was just a little guy, he believed that all doctors were women. That's because his own mom was an MD. So it made perfect sense to him that this was how the world worked. But as we know, that's not the way it was. Medical schools today are graduating women at roughly equal numbers as men. But there was time when simply the idea of a woman aspiring to be a doctor was laughable. With the picture book Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell (Henry Holt, 2013), Tanya Lee Stone takes readers back in time to see what it was like throug......
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Book review: "Ingredients of Outliers"

Book review: "Ingredients of Outliers"
With areas of my office piled high with books (I am a "book pack rat"), once in a while I'll come across a good read about which I feel the urge to enthuse here on my blog. "Ingredients of Outliers" is such a book. (I must fully disclose that I was mailed a review copy when I learned of the book via a press release). Written by a multifaceted physician/attorney/entrepreneur, John Shufeldt MD MBA JD, this book is subtitled "A Recipe for Personal Achievement". Naturally, the personal/professional fulfillment and happiness physician coach in me was intrigued!! The term ......
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A necessity for Physician business leaders: Excellent Active Listening skills

A necessity for Physician business leaders: Excellent Active Listening skills
As business-oriented physicians move increasingly into leadership roles, either in your own businesses, or within your organizations, your ability to communicate effectively will become critical. And great communication begins with great listening! Hopefully, as a clinician, you honed the art of listening to your patients. But since we physicians are renowned for interrupting early in a patient visit, and our brains are usually furiously working on diagnosing what is wrong with the patient, it's a fair bet that we are not very good at Active Listening. What is Active Listenin......
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A story untold

The contrast was stark. It had been an unusual day, to be sure. This day did not start with five home visits on the schedule. And yet, here I am driving through the beautiful countryside for miles on end - leaves falling, colors changing almost while they fall.  Nothing but the hum of the road in my ear. In a land too far for radio waves or cell coverage to reach, I round each bend in the road with less and less speed. I am relaxing into the afternoon, a forced slowing to a too-busy day. After the final mile on a freshly graveled road, I turn into what must be the address, albeit u......
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5 fantastic resources for bootstrapping a physician business startup

Bootstrapping your physician start-up can at times seem like an overwhelming task. But with med school loans to pay off and business and daily expenses, it can be hard to come by the extra cash needed to fund your start-up. Fortunately the Internet has come to our rescue with a huge array of services to help launch most low-overhead physician businesses relatively quickly. Using these resources will allow you to gain clients, network with your peers, prepare legal documents, and keep accurate notes. Here are a few of my favorites: Evernote My overall favorite "extra brain" (that does......
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Top 10 Essential Picture Books for Kids and Grownups

As part of August's Picture Book 10 for 10 event launched by the folks at Enjoy and Embrace Learning, I'm offering up my Top 10 list. I thought about doing a rundown of the best books featuring smart dogs or adorable penguins or clever kids wearing tiaras. But what I think might be the most helpful is thus: Top 10 Essential Picture Books Based on hours of reading with a certain trio in my house, the selection process is highly scientific: it is measured on the hilarity factor, the visual umph, and how many times little voices chirped, "Again!" What follows are the Top 10 picture books......
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Everything You Need to Know About The New 2015 MCAT

After many years without making any substantial changes to the MCAT, the AAMC is now overhauling the benchmark admissions test in a major way, and the changes take hold beginning in 2015. Future doctors listen up: If you're planning to enroll in medical school in the fall of 2016 or beyond, you will be taking the overhauled test. The 2015 MCAT changes the focus of the test by adding two new sections that require mastery of an entirely different skill set: Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour. In other words: Sociology, social science, and humanities will be a......
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What do You Need to Know About the Medical School Secondary?

Just as soon as you've submitted your primary application for medical school, you will begin to receive secondary applications from each school. Most of the discussion you'll find online about the medical school secondary is individual premeds freaking out about one medical school secondary application prompt or another. Not super helpful when you're just getting started. First, you need to learn the broader "must-know" strategic info about the secondary that will help give you the edge. Medical School Secondary: The "Need to Know" Info A Series of Essays The medical school secondary a......
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Medical School Admissions Consulting: The Three Ways a Consultant Can Help

Many premeds have heard of medical school admissions consulting, but you might not be sure what a consultant actually does or how they can help you get accepted to medical school. The lengthy and complicated medical school admissions can make you overwhelmed and confused with all of the details you need to mind. You know that you want to become a doctor, but you'd like someone who has walked the path ahead of you before to help you along the way. That's where an admissions consultant can help -- their years of experience can help you overcome any struggle you could possibly face because they......
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Online MCAT Videos : The Free Alternative to Expensive MCAT Prep

Online MCAT videos are being posted every day -- some great, some not-so-great. I dig around the internet often to search for new MCAT videos that are good enough to add to my collection of MCAT bookmarks for premeds.
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Should Your Medical School Personal Statement be Emotional?

The medical school personal statement isn't another emotionless research paper -- it's actually better if you show your feelings in your personal statement.
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