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reflections on reflection

As I have written recently, I am working with the pediatric residents on enhancing professionalism in our practice of pediatrics. Part of this entails the process of reflecting upon situations or cases that exemplify issues which either pose a challenge to one of the pillars of professionalism, or have presented personal challenges in response to difficult situations.

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CNRV Host's "World's Smallest Ribbon Cutting"


Ceremony unveils the New River Valley's first surgical robot

Staff at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center cheered as surgeon Tamera Howell, M.D., took the controls of the hospital's new da Vinci surgical robot and cut a tiny blue ribbon with miniature scissors mounted on the end of surgical robot's arm.
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2012 Community Health Assessment Results

A team made of up community health care providers has released the results of a comprehensive survey of the Roanoke Valley’s top health care needs. The Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment was led by Carilion Clinic, which received a 12-month Health Center Planning Grant to fund the project. From January through April 2012, the team conducted a comprehensive health needs assessment survey, inviting residents across the Roanoke Valley to provide their opinion of the region’s greatest unmet needs. Focus group discussions were also held with residents of the region’s medically underserved areas. The assessment revealed three underlying themes that impact the health of individuals:

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do you need a vacation?

Of course you do. Everyone does, at least occasionally.

I know that I certainly need one, and am delighted that I am about to start my one week “family” vacation.

A time to enjoy the grandkids, who live too far away for me to visit as much as I would like.

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what's the big deal about budget season?

Those of you who know me in person may have detected a bit of increased tension over the last few weeks. I find I am not as fun to be around as usual. I am probably scowling more than I am smiling. I have frequent headaches.

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Shorter Recovery with Less Pain: The benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Carilion Clinic features the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

Skilled physicians, advanced technology, and a commitment to quality provide the foundation for Carilion's minimally invasive surgery program.  Learn more about one of our minimally invasive tools and how it can make a difference for patients in this broadcast of Daytime Blue Ridge.

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a first step toward humanism

I have become rather obsessed lately with how to facilitate the development of professionalism in physicians.

Humanism is important in medical practice, and is included as a component in most definitions of medical professionalism. A healthcare practitioner who acts humanely thinks about the person under his or her care in a holistic manner, and behaves accordingly. Such a practitioner considers multiple perspectives and includes the patient and family in the decision-making process, identifies where the patient's perspectives might conflict with his own, or with societal norms and values, and finally acts in a way that puts the patient's perspectives and values first.

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the worst case

This is the first "story" in my intermittent ongoing series on child abuse, sometimes called "child maltreatment"  or "non-accidental trauma." I have found this one very difficult to write.

I have been working on it for over two weeks, although it has been begging to be written for over two decades.

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learning to walk

My babies were delivered the third week of June. They spent two weeks getting fed a variety of information, most of which they have probably already forgotten. Then, on Monday, July 2, they began their three-year journey toward becoming the world’s best pediatricians.

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how to comment on a blog

I routinely have folks approach me in the halls, or through my email inbox with comments about my blog. When I ask them why they don’t write a comment on the blog page, they look at me as if I have asked them to light themselves on fire. What? Me? I can’t comment on your blog! I am not ___ enough (insert any adjective you like, I have heard them all). Really? Some people also think that the blog will yield up too much information about them. Not this blog. So I thought I would take a few minutes and offer advice for first-time commenters.

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