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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 6:09pm
So, have you folllowed my advice, and joined Twitter? Shortly after I wrote the last post I was gifted by discovering this article which had been written about me, and this blog,  and helps describe some of the tweets I share. By reading it you can get a good idea of how I use Twitter to share...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 3:11pm
I hear that question a lot. At faculty meetings, at medical conferences, from my children, my husband, and a wide variety of other folks. Really?   Well, I use Twitter often, and don't consider myself an idiot, at least not for that reason. I welcome other thoughts on the degree of my potential "...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:09pm
Medical costs are out of control. Yet, outcomes are not improving. Why?     Greater minds than mine have grappled with that question, and it serves as the foundation for our ongoing debate about whether, why and how to reform healthcare. Do we limit the tests and procedures that doctors are allowed...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 3:45pm
We have discussed child abuse on this blog before, and I promised you more in a series I began last year. This time I want to tell you a story from when I was a medical student--admittedly some of you will consider this ancient history, and perhaps you should. I do not remember the names of my...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:13am
  In the past we have spoken quite a bit about reflecting in order to get to know oneself better, and in order to find better ways to deal with issues and concerns. We have spoken about how we are using reflective writing in the resdiency program to help identify how well the Pediatric residents...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 3:38pm
If you are a frequent, or even an intermittent reader of this blog, you have probably noticed a few things: The blog was unavailable for a few days at the end of January The comment section was not active into early February The blog looks different than it used to Although a blog redesign was in...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 01/06/2013 - 7:07pm
I feel like I am cheating, and I am to an extent. Writing my “greatest hits of 2012” for this blog, as so many others have done. Nothing new here. But I am glad you have come back to review the year as I have. In 2012, I published 43 posts on this blog. All were read (or at least looked at) by...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 2:49pm
Did you see the happy winners in the papers or on the internet? A “once in a lifetime” moment. For most, winning the lottery is not the godsend they have dreamt of. To suddenly become part of the one per cent is not easy.  Most fritter away their winnings, and end up much less happy than they were...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 2:03pm
Like me, you are probably sick and tired of the numerous negative ads on TV and radio for the presidential candidates. And you are tiered of picking up the phone to listen to a representative from the RNC or DNC urging you to vote for their candidate. You might be scared of what could happen if the...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 5:15pm
Speaking at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville, TNI am very embarrassed that I neglected to post this video before now. As many of you know I was a speaker last spring at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville.I promised to show you the video of my talk. Hmmm…Well, here it is, better late than never, I believe....