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CODE BLACK: Wellness Through Patient Education

Shaan Patel | Posted 10.20.2016 | Education
Shaan Patel

By Brian Wu -- a fourth year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC The sheer amount of education - in biochemistry, pharmacology, a...

CODE BLACK: Making Time For Play In Electronic Health Records

Shaan Patel | Posted 09.09.2016 | Technology
Shaan Patel

By Barbara Lam -- a third year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC The new third year medical class at USC had an Electronic Heal...

CODE BLACK: The Most Valuable Lesson In Medical School

Shaan Patel | Posted 08.25.2016 | Los Angeles
Shaan Patel

As I begin my last year of medical school and reflect on my journey thus far, I have found that the most valuable experience has been third year clinical rotations at the LAC+USC Medical Center, where I rotated through all of the core services of medicine in the hopes of selecting a specialty that was the right fit for me.

Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

5 Things People Ask Me When They Find Out I'm Married To A Gynecologist

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Erris Langer Klapper

I can see the pupils dilate and the wheels begin to turn when people find out that I'm married to a gynecologist. My husband commenced his OB-GYN residency two weeks after we got married 23 years ago. I've heard it all and then some.

Examining The Annual Exam

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In last week's New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel suggested that this year's resolution might be to abandon the ritual of your annual physical. The title of his column, perhaps chosen by an editor to maximize glibness and thus provocation was: "Skip your annual physical." But permit me to suggest you don't commit to that just yet. The annual physical exam warrants some more examination, a defense to follow its prosecution.

Your Doctor's Knee-Jerk Reflex: How Not to Get Kicked

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Clinical assessment that includes a test of the knee jerk reflex is fine. Clinical decisions driven by it are not, but they too, are out there.

Lifestyle Medicine and the Parable of the Tiny Parachute

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A commentary was published last month on the blog site of the prestigious British Medical Journal telling us, in essence, that lifestyle medicine is ineffective. Specifically, it said that screening for chronic disease risk factors in the general population, and addressing them with lifestyle counseling in the clinical setting, is of no value.

Stem Cells Headed For Prime Time, Clinical Trials Suggest

| Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

By Dennis Normile YOKOHAMA, JAPAN—For more than a decade, stem cell therapies have been touted as offering hope for those suffering from genetic a...

How Can Doctors Become Part Of The Obesity Solution?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With a nod to my many colleagues who are genuinely expert in weight management counseling, and have long addressed it well -- and especially to those who taught me to do so -- I must acknowledge that the track record for the large majority of our clan is not pretty.