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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 01/11/2016 - 9:56pm
Leadership, Presidential Politics and Patient Satisfaction It may seem odd that I am linking these three elements together in one post. But I have had this growing sense of discomfort and concern as I watch the process of our presidential election unfold.  I see an...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:31pm
Welcome to our Pediatric Conference! Every year about this time, Carilion Children's holds a Pediatric Conference that offers CME for physicians and CEU for nurses. I am particularly excited about this year's offerings as they represent concerted effort and collaborative input from a wide variety...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 10/17/2015 - 3:56pm
Are names important? I believe they are Although William Shakespeare, in Romeo and Juliet had Juliet utter the now-famous words: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." I would submit that names are very important. Although the rose...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:32pm
Do you ever feel as though there is not enough time in the day? Or the night? I am right there with you, friend     I often think back to the days when I had young children, was trying to get through fellowship, start an academic career, take care of my household, cook, clean, study and even get...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 08/22/2015 - 8:19pm
Mystery Magic and Medicine Mark Schaefer, the person who has had the single biggest influence upon  me as a blogger and a member of the social media community, recently published a blog post entitled: Why this is the most difficult (and fun!) time to be in marketing I read his post, and...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:12am
Did you know that May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness month? The most common time for strokes to occur in young people is actually before or during birth. Strokes can occur in as many as one in 3,000 births. Although you may know some signs of stroke to look for in adults, the signs of a stroke in a...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:56pm
When can we say goodbye to meningococcemia? This is the second chapter in the series on the pain and suffering caused by  vaccine preventable diseases. The suffering I hope most of you will never have to experience. The pain that physicians of my generation know all too well, and the pain that some...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:27pm
His name was James Robert, but his parents called him JimBob.   Green brain He had always been healthy. He had had the usual number of childhood colds and respiratory illnesses, but had never been hospitalized before now. An active, talkative, engaging child who would be starting...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:56pm
Vaccine preventable diseases dinosaur with measles It occurred to me as the measles discussion has been progressing on social and traditional media that we would not have been having this conversation 50, 40, or even 30 years ago. Parents for the most part would have rushed to have their...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:22pm
It’s a small, small world: especially when it comes to the spread of infectious diseases   (My thoughts and a few video clips on the measles outbreak) Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard about the measles outbreak that began in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in...