The problem with testing students and doctors is what gets truncated

For me, maybe you too, the best part about science is how it disrupts the status quo. A belief, a way of doing something, a paradigm if you will, becomes entrenched. Humans love patterns. We get attached. I call this the way-it’s-always-been-done philosophy. It’s endemic in medicine, and, from what I can see, in education […]

When professors make less than janitors…

…one could be pessimistic. PBS NewsHour did this story last night. Adjunct professors, many of them with doctorates, are struggling to make a living. A French literature professor uses food stamps. An English professor just up and quit. This video got me thinking about the word “value.” The MacBook delivered this as the first definition: […]

Clicked back in…Holiday reading and thoughts on medical writing

Hey everyone… Welcome to 2014. I’m back from holiday. I like to say ‘holiday’ rather than ‘vacation.’ It sounds more Euro. Plus, if one truly seeks word precision, saying holiday when describing time in Key West works. Everything about that place is celebratory and festive. Let’s talk about reading and writing. First, I’m not going […]

A Christmas message: Wright’s Law — Physics and Love

This fella is a Physics teacher in Louisville. We see him at quick recall matches. Who knew he was so extraordinary. A former student made the video, which Vimeo picked as a Top-ten for 2013. It’s a perfect post for Christmas. Love teachers. After doing some research, I learned Mr Wright was featured in the […]

The best New Year’s resolution video you will ever see…

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My messages are simple: Mastery of the obvious; Reflective learning; Balancing optimism with realism; Plan for health; and this biggie: Stack together lots of small changes. Strive for small wins. They add up to big things. They are all here, plus some science. Dr. Mike Evans is a doctor, professor and creator extraordinaire. This is […]

The Waiting Room — a film that makes you think about healthcare


Last night, Staci and I watched the award-wining documentary, The Waiting Room.  Here is an intro from the website: The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using […]

The vaccine debate — Could compassion and nuance be an antidote?

I’ve been thinking a lot about vaccines. As a learner, an observer of humans and our nature, a worshiper of the scientific method, a doctor, a new grandfather, and a member of society, few debates could be more compelling. The kerfuffle over vaccines has it all. It’s the Lance Armstrong story on steroids. (Grin.) The […]