Hamilton and Perfection

It has been a long time since the last blog post.  Thank you to one encouraging reader who said, “Are you still posting on your blog? I keep checking the website to see if a new one is up.” I’ve been so busy recently moving up into a leadership job at the hospital that I…

Eve: Retweeting the First Fake News

Eve: Retweeting the First Fake News This past week, my attention was caught by a podcast on “fake news.” I frequently listen to the podcast “Intelligence Squared” which also has a debate podcast that brings up interesting topics that are debated by experts in the field being discussed.  The title of the podcast was “Fake…

Passover and Jesus

What does the Passover have to do with Jesus? What does the Passover have to do with Jesus? The Eucharist or Holy Communion is a celebration of the Passover.  About 10 years ago, I attended a celebration of Passover with Messianic Christians while in Arizona during medical school.  The celebration of Passover with the group…

Death: A Gateway to…

An aneurysm ruptures as an 85 y/o woman talks on the phone with her only relative, a niece, 150 miles away. She dies hours later in my Emergency Room. A 40 y/o woman and her 6 y/o child have their passenger side destroyed by a driver running a stoplight. They never make it from the…

Don’t Fret When Terrorism Comes!

Don’t Fret When Terrorism Comes! I am not sure what the next course of action is in this tumultuous time that we live in. I came across Psalm 37 and it seemed fitting. Commit your way to the Lord! Trust in Him! Psalm 37 – By David. 1 Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers!…

2016 EM Convocation Invocation

Graduates, Thank you for asking me to do the invocation. Now, that you are almost finished, let me take a moment to ask you to never forget why you chose this noble profession of medicine. Don’t lose sight of your purpose as a physician. T.S. Eliot so eloquently put it, “Where is the Life we…

Doing Justice: What is Legal is not always Right.

What is Legal is not always Right. Does the law determine what is right? Where do we determine what is right? Is our country based in majoritarianism or are we in submission to God? Much debate surrounds the appointment of the next Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Scalia. Will the Republicans confirm Obama’s appointment?…

The Resurrection: A Concise Proof for an Unlikely Event

Christianity is about one thing: The Resurrection.  Dr. Gene Scott studied the resurrection in detail and preached frequently on the evidence of the resurrection.  “You don’t have to cut your head off to be a Christian,” he would say. His research parallels the book “Who Moved the Stone?” by Frank Morrison.  Having studied the evidence…

Where has the doctor-patient relationship gone?

“We used to treat patients. Now, we treat computers.”  Such is some of the frustration facing the 21st century doctor today.  In 2014, implementation of Electronic Health Records was mandated across the board in healthcare facilities in the United States.  This was done with the goodwilled hope that quality and efficiency would improve. Legible and…

This sentence created itself.

“This sentence created itself.” Does that sentence have any meaning? Is it correct? It is grammatically correct English. It has a subject, a verb, and a direct object. However, the sentence is utter nonsense. It has no intrinsic meaning. It has as much meaning as “A potato unhinges exuberantly on lava tree paintings.” The second…

Can You Trust Your Doctor?

A patient rolls into the Emergency Department in cardiac arrest. The techs are doing compressions and hooking the patient to the monitors. The nurses are scrambling to put in an IV. Resident doctors are working to intubate the patient. Notes are being scribbled down about what has been done so far as the paramedics give…

Life Unworthy to be Lived – To Heal or Kill?

Some of the men in my bible study group, “Grander Rounds”, will remember that I started it with: “Why does human life matter?” It seemed like a straightforward question. My desire to finally start the group stirred again by the undercover Planned Parenthood videos in 2015 that were released by the Center for Medical Progress….