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    Love and the Hospitalist

    July 1, 2024

    Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned in life have come from conversations with my patients. Such was the case with Ms. W a wiry 85-year-old who came in with increasing fatigue and a...

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    Code Status Discussions; Difficult but Necessary

    April 1, 2024

    I thought it was just where I practiced, but it turns out that, in the medical field, we’re really bad about having code discussions, which is a significant issue. When some of my patients revealed...

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    Is ChatGPT a Better Doctor Than You?

    December 1, 2023

    Dr. Chang That question may be on the  minds of many physicians today. We’ve seen that ChatGPT can pass the U.S. medical licensing exams. Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving the...

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    My Journey

    November 1, 2023

    A startling diagnosis All of a sudden, I was sitting on the other side of the table from another physician, not a patient. I was not discussing my cholesterol levels, blood pressure, or anemia, but...

  • Gratitude is Good for Us

    November 1, 2023

    As our discussion about discharge ended, Ms. Jones, stooped, her thin grey hair pulled back, and moved slowly toward her husband’s hospital bed. Gently, she stroked his head and said, “We will...

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    Finding Beauty in Our Patients’ Lives

    October 4, 2023

    Awe as a path to greater resilience for hospitalists With her grey hair pulled back and wearing her Sunday best, Ms. W. gracefully rose from the chair and approached the hospital bed where her...

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    Lessons from a Med-Psych Unit

    October 2, 2023

    In 2019, I accepted a position at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. I knew this wouldn’t be bread-and-butter hospital medicine, but rather a unique...

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    Mid-career “Phronesis”

    July 5, 2023

    The 2023 SHM Converge Conference in Austin, Texas was the backdrop for a chance encounter between two old friends. We and our spouses met during residency 20 years ago, became fast friends, and then...

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    The Unsung Health Care Hero: When the Physician Advisor Saved a Life

    April 11, 2023

    Leaving against medical advice is not uncommon in hospitals, but when Ms. Lydia asked to sign out, the nurse and hospitalist were shocked. Ms. Lydia, a sweet, 72-year-old patient with sepsis from...

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    The 7 Deadly Sins for LOS

    April 3, 2023

    Dr. Soares Hospitalization is an essential resource for the treatment of many patients, but are we doing it in the safest and most efficient way? Achieving effective hospitalizations with a...