How doctors feel about electronic medical records: Not good

Have I mentioned how frustrated I get by my clinic’s EMR? Totally slow, inefficient, I apologize on a regular basis to patients, “I’m sorry, my mind can only work on one thing at a time, I need to put this order in then I’ll talk to you again.” I find myself banging the keyboard when the…

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…

When a Gunshot Wound to the Arm is a Blessing

“Blessed. I’m so blessed.” She kept repeating this, from her seat on the examining table. “I’m so blessed.” I unwrapped the bandage holding on the splint that had covered her arm for the three weeks since the bullet went in above her elbow and came out through her forearm, hitting no bone, touching no major…