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The words that changed McAllen

There are some pieces of journalism that are so gut-wrenching that they can have immediate effects. The recent investigative series on the terrible conditions of nails salons that came out in the New York Times, for example, was so horrific that it caused the governor of New York to, within 3

Doctors Shouldn’t Feel Alone

Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Founder of, an innovative social network for physicians. Dr. Joe founded Medstro and its sister site MedTech Boston (a site

Structure and Poetry

In a recent interview I read in the Harvard Gazette, poetry professor Helen Vendler discusses her inspiration for becoming an expert on poetry. Vendler was the first woman to be named a University Professor at Harvard. Much of her inspiration for studying poetry, it turns out, comes from

The Perfect Skill Combo for Success

In his recent article arguing for the importance of an education in the humanities, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof says that liberal arts are needed to guide the most practical, rational, logical discoveries of science and technology in the right direction. He writes

Problems and Solutions in MedTech: One Case Study

I read through all five parts of physician Robert Wachter’s article on Medium, “How Medical Tech Gave a Patient a Massive Overdose.” In it, Wachter chronicles the steps of oversight and technology-enabled errors that prompted a nurse to give a pediatric patient at UCSF Children’s Hospital 38.5 times

How could I do this better?

I came across this post, “Wild, Crazy, and Creative Doctors” that lists some examples of how creative doctors have improved their practices. My favorite are the most simple ones, like this: “Marshall Zaslove, MD, a physician productivity expert, advises doctors to have a nurse follow

We Need More Doctors Who Create

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894) loved law, writing, and medicine, and jumped from one to the other until he settled on medicine as the career that brought him the most satisfaction, despite precocious success in poetry (his 1830 “Old Ironsides” poem was instrumental in stopping the planned