Children's Healthcare

I looked at my grandson and started to cry

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 pounds, about the size of a typical 7 –9 month old. He is healthy and is obviously thriving on his diet of breast milk only. While I was sitting on the couch, holding him, talking with him, cuddling him and making him laugh, I started to cry. I was overcome with sadness. I was thinking about how much love this little guy receives now, and will for the foreseeable future, and at the same time, about how many children may never know love, kindness, or a full belly.

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the third part

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 on its website back to 1993, none before. I know I have a VHS of the program, but: a) I can't find it and b) even if I could find it I wouldn't have a clue how to turn it into a format that I could upload to You Tube and embed in this blog. I know, I am disappointing you by my lack of technical prowess. But for now, you will just have to depend upon my memory. It wasn't totally clear what Mr.

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my interview with Mike Wallace-part 2

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 been. He didn't seem all that bad.

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my interview with Mike Wallace, part 1

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 to be interviewed by him for the weekly news magazine, 60 Minutes is a long story. In this post I will tell you how it came to be. Later, I will tell you all about the interview itself.

This is really the story of serendipity

Of being in the right place at the right time. Of saying YES when you could say NO. Of course, I suspect that if any of you received a call from a 60 Minutes producer asking for an interview you would say yes, too. But it didn't really happen that way.

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on excellence-an open letter to our incoming pediatric residents, and to graduating medical students everywhere

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 Medicine, before I left there to start the newest facet of my career at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital. Excellence has been on my mind lately, as I contemplate the start of our new Pediatric residency. And so instead of waiting until they are going out into the world at large following their training with us, I would like to share my feelings about excellence as they get ready to start.

 Dear in-coming resident:

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why am I like Seth Godin?

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 are almost identical.

Seth believes that “why?” is the most important question, and not asked often enough. I thoroughly agree

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the five bravest things our nurses do

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 medicines, tend to patients’ and parents’ needs, and carry out doctors’ “orders” RIGHT? Well, yes, but there is so much more, especially on a pediatric unit (and probably on adult units as well, but I can only write about what I know).

So this post is dedicated to the dedication and bravery of our pediatric nurses and the wonderful things they helped me and the rest of the health care team do this past week.

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the hidden academic

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 moments.

Are you trying to guess what I am thinking? What this post is about?

It’s about reviewing manuscripts that have been submitted for possible publication in medical and scientific journals.

This is the story of PEER REVIEW

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mother versus baby

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 to get the infants and moms together, preferably at home after their initial stabilization. Nonetheless, the description of the suffering these babies go through is very clear.

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my social media speaking debut

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 wonderful it was, but it seems that one of the attendees has beat me to it. So I invite you to visit Chris Craft's blog and read the story.

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