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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 8:58pm
Bleeding heart
I visited my grandchildren last weekend—and my daughter and son-in-law, too, of course. It’s hard living so far away, but I try to get there about once a month if the weather and the airlines cooperate. My newest grandson is a little over 3 months old, and he is kind of hefty—weighing in at 17...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 06/09/2012 - 4:10pm
a condition known as holoprosencephaly
I have got to give you credit for coming back and sticking with me. Yes, my interview with Mike Wallace really did happen, and yes, today I am going to tell you about it. One of the reasons I have been "stalling" is because I wanted to show you some clips, but I cannot find any. CBS only has clips...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 06/04/2012 - 8:46am
Mike Wallace in front of the Watergate Hotel
Yes, it really did happen. It was late spring of 1990, and Mike Wallace was headed to Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical Center to interview me. Not JUST me, but me and several of my medical and surgical colleagues. I wasn’t really all that scared, although in retrospect I should have...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 4:15pm
When I first heard in early April that Mike Wallace had died, I felt a bit sad. Kind of like hearing about the death of a friend you haven't seen in twenty years. Although he was known as a super-aggressive TV reporter, I didn't seem to know that side of him. How I did come to meet him, and in fact...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 10:27am
This is graduation season. I have given a number of graduation talks to residents beginning a new facet of their careers. I thought I would share parts of the last graduation speech I was invited to give to the finishing pediatric residents at the University of Maryland Medical System and School of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:08am
I never thought that my ideas about how folks become excellent physicians would correspond to advice from a social media marketing guru. However, last week, when I was perusing Seth Godin’s blog I came across a post entitled “Why ask why?” and was amazed to find that our philosophical approaches...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 05/12/2012 - 9:28am
View out windows
We are coming to the end of “the week of the nurse” and I have come to the end of another week on service on the pediatric floor. It is embarrassing to me that I don’t ALWAYS stop to thank the nurses I work with for their bravery. What? Bravery? What’s that got to do with nursing? Nurses give out...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 05/06/2012 - 7:05pm
There is something that most of us “academic types” do that often goes unrecognized, and is almost always undervalued. However, it is a big part of my life, and I thought you might enjoy learning about it. Of course you might think it’s total nonsense, and that’s OK too. Just bear with me for a few...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 05/06/2012 - 6:02pm
The tragedy of neonatal abstinence is all around us. This video was forwarded to me by one of our operations efficiency engineers who works with the physicians and nurses in our neonatal intensive care unit. Our approach to the treatment of these fragile babies is slightly different, as we attempt...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 04/28/2012 - 8:36pm
Many of you are aware that I was attending Social Slam this Friday, and that I got to give a 10-minute presentation about some events that came together early on. You have all heard the story of our Vaccine Town Hall, so I won't repeat it here. I was planning to talk about the conference, and how...