Socio-Medical Trainwrecks

I don’t know if the term “socio-medical” even exists. But it felt like every single pathology I dealt with today was a social problem. Ulcer, exercerbated by no medications (damn pre-authorization!), and no food. In an unstable housing situation, with limited transportation. And serious medical issues taken lightly by a local hospital. My diagnoses: Unstable…

Bearing Witness to Violence on Chicago’s South Side

As a family physician on Chicago’s South Side, every day brings painful and beautiful stories, many variations on a theme–gun violence, senseless loss, deep heartbreak for loved ones, deep love for family, faith in God. Patients share how they cope with life constraints and limited opportunities with warmth, humor, anger, sadness and love. I am going to…

SWOT Analysis of a Community Health Center

I’ve had a dream. In our messed up, dysfunctional macro-healthcare system, I’ve dreamed of empowering providers to play a part in designing and implementing clinical processes that make our micro-systems work in each unique clinical environment. Everyone involved in providing clinical care–from patient service representatives, to medical assistants, to physicians, to our medical records peers,…

YogaCare

It’s time to celebrate all things yoga, and YogaCare! Three years ago, yoga instructor Greg Van Hyfte was a student in the Social Services Administration school at the University of Chicago, and a Schweitzer Fellow. His project was to bring weekly yoga classes to Chicago Family Health Center, where I work as a family physician.…