Carilion Clinic Blogs

five indicators of a week well-spent

Last Friday I  finished another week "on service" where I am responsible for all the children who are admitted to the inpatient unit of the children's hospital. I am also responsible for supervising all the other medical providers, including the medical students, interns, residents, nurse practitioner, and for working collaboratively with our nurses, therapists, nutritionists,  pharmacists and others.


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what inspires a doctor to tweet?

That's the question I was asked by Michael Hemphill for the Roanoke Times (@Roanoketimes) last week for the "One question" Sunday feature that appeared in today's paper.

My answer was kind of long-winded, but I think he captured most of the conversation pretty well (and, combined with the photograph by Brett Lemon (@BrettLemon) the article took up 2/3 of the back page of the business section).

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would you help me?

Last month we shared a lot of information about vaccines and their pros and cons. In a twitter chat, I met folks around the country interested in helping people understand the importance of vaccinating themselves and their children. I have communicated with parents and others about their need to know and understand more than is typically able to be shared during a well child visit at the primary care provider office. And just recently, one of the foremost pediatric practices in the Roanoke valley announced they would no longer be willing to care for patients who refuse to vaccinate or who want to significantly change the vaccination schedule.

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too close to home?

This is a story about failure and disappointment; hope and encouragement; and whether we can ever really know someone's true character. First a bit of background (feel free to skip this section if you want to get right to the meat of the story)


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swine-origin influenza A

Two cases of swine-origin influenza have been reported in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report--a CDC publication.

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measles on TV

This photo was taken Monday afternoon (8/22) while I was waiting to be interviewed on the set of WDBJ channel 7.

We were discussing the recent potential exposure of passenger on an Amtrak train to a person who may have had measles. The anchor talked with me about the issues involved, but I didn't have much time to really explain stuff. I hope I made it clear that there was NO association between measles vaccines and autism, but I know some folks get really incensed about that issue--even though there is NO connection that has ever been demonstrated.

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how adults can save children's lives

We are over half-way through August--"vaccine awareness month" and you are probably tired of hearing me preach about the value of immunization.

This has been a rather eye-opening month for me, as through my Twitter activity I have come to know a number of health care providers, social media enthusiasts and educators who are all invested in improving the rate of vaccination in the population.

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treating the economy

I blog about patients, physicians and hospital systems. We converse about children, my foibles and occasionally my love of wild birds. Recently we have chatted a bit about Twitter. But the economy??

This morning I was listening to an interview on NPR with the Washington Chief of The Economist (a London publication), who was talking about how the dollar is used as the international currency, and how that benefits the USA, and what might happen if THAT competitive advantage should go away, as part of our current economic stress.

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my most significant mentor

I was delighted to be flipping through the pages of "Rochester Medicine" a publication of the University of Rochester School of Medicine (where I did my pediatrics residency), not really expecting to find anything of interest, when, near the end of the magazine my eye caught the visage of a man who had a significant positive impact in my life, and the lives of countless children throughout the world.

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