Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias A very common problem in the health community is unconscious bias.  Unfortunately, it has not been addressed and continues to wreak havoc in the clinical setting. An Asian man, who was unshaven, and appeared to be homeless, was found in full cardiac...
Some People Are Just Ridiculous

Some People Are Just Ridiculous

Some People Are Just Ridiculous You would not believe the issues that I experience with patients. One was being treated for hypertension and became quite upset, at the follow up visit to assess blood pressure control, because he needed an additional prescription. His...
Physicians Need to be Appreciated

Physicians Need to be Appreciated

Physicians Need to be Appreciated I often wonder why people do not show appreciation for their physician as they do for their pastor.  Our work is similar when you think about it.  A physician who goes beyond what he or she is taught in medical school is difficult to...
Myths Can Have a Happy Ending

Myths Can Have a Happy Ending

Myths Can Have a Happy Ending One of the main reasons I have continued Closing the Gap in Health Care is to decrease the myths and untruths in the African American and underserved communities.  One myth that I do not often hear is placing moss in your shoes to control...
The Bucket List

The Bucket List

The Bucket List The bucket list is a collection of things that you would like to accomplish within your lifetime.  Frankly, I never thought of a bucket list until the death of my youngest daughter, Tonisha Bell Alston.  She decided to take matters into her own hands...
Too Many Medications

Too Many Medications

Too Many Medications The manner in which medicine is practiced today can result in a patient taking too many medications.  This problem is often seen in patients who are sixty years or older, have chronic medical conditions, and have been seen by multiple physicians...

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