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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 9:27am
swine
  It's just mid-September. We have had a couple of days that have hinted of fall, with some cool nights and pleasantly warm, sunny days. Winter seems like a long time away. Yet you are already seeing advertisements about flu vaccines and are being urged to get vaccinated. You know how I feel about...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 2:09pm
Over the past couple of months I have received a number of emails, notes and verbal shout outs wondering why folks couldn't "find the blog" or whether I had stopped linking to the Carilion site, or whether I had hidden my content somewhere undiscoverable. "No," I said. "I have just  taken a bit of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:56am
We have all heard the expression about how great a "teacher" experience is. Yet in medicine we also are constantly encouraged to practice "evidence-based medicine" and not rely on experience in medical decision making. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) refers to using data, generally gained from what...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 5:59pm
Think for a moment of poverty as a disease, thwarting growth and development, robbing children of the healthy, happy futures they might otherwise expect. In the exam room, we try to mitigate the pain and suffering that are its pernicious symptoms. But our patients' well-being depends on more, on...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 9:53pm
It's getting hotter out there.   Summer is a great time for lemonade Libby, one of our "miracle kids" is helping raise awareness of how hosting a Lemonade stand, and buying lemonade from such a stand can help your children's hospital--OUR Children's Hospital Follow the links below for two short...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 8:24am
  You make me look good, .....and I forget your name You comfort my patient and their family, .....and go home late to YOUR family You help my student do the right thing, .....and I never say "thank you" You remind me of my duty, .....and I yell at you for overstepping your bounds You spend much...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 9:49am
In this post I will be asking more questions than answering, so I am depending upon YOU to add content for others to see, read, and comment upon. Please, and Thank You in advance   We are all on a quest for excellence. At least I hope we all are.   Hospitals are graded on excellence-did you know...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:49am
We are all reeling with vivid images of the Boston Marathon explosions. I see the poor 8-year old who was killed flash up on the screen and I cry. that family is irreparably injured, especially because the child's mom and sister were also seriously injured. At the time of this writing, I am aware...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:18pm
I have written before about being "on service" for a week on the pediatric inpatient unit. I love it. I hate it. It's fun. It's exhausting. It's happy. It's sad. But mostly its never dull.   This week just past was no exception. Monday though Friday felt like it happened too fast. I was sooo tired...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 5:34pm
  When I read something on the internet or elsewhere  about meningitis, or especially about the "meningitis vaccine" it strikes me that the ubiquitous use of the noun without an appropriate adjective could be confusing for most people. Don't misunderstand me, I am not talking about adjectives like...