Relay for Life 2017: Who is your superhero?

The following post is an edited transcript of my speech given on 7/8/17 at the Relay for Life 2017, Clatsop County, OR.  I am very excited by this year’s Relay for Life theme, “Who is your superhero?” I am excited because I get to work with real-life superheroes every day.  And this morning I get … Read moreRelay for Life 2017: Who is your superhero?

Finding grace: an oncology patient’s impact on her doctor.

pelican majestic over shipwreck beach, OR

(published also online on 4/10/17 in The ASCO Post, under the title The Mystery of Grace.  re-published here with permission of the editor).   The day after I told Nell she had seven metastases to her brain, she sent me flowers. She was my patient; I was her oncologist. I had met her 1 year prior, … Read moreFinding grace: an oncology patient’s impact on her doctor.

The top 3 hidden rewards of practicing oncology in a small community.

There is a shortage of rural physicians in the U.S.  My specialty, medical oncology, is but one of many specialties where the shortage is especially glaring. In oncology, I think there is perhaps a fear of practicing outside the walls of a large tertiary center and leaving behind the established framework and boundaries between the doctor and patient. I know it was a fear of mine when I moved to a rural community to practice nearly 4 years ago…

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On meaningful use: the EMR versus the patient’s needs.

Mr. X. is a man in his 80s who was cured of his cancer, but at what cost.

The biologic therapy and radiation which eradicated the cancer left him with the inability to swallow and need for permanent PEG tube.  Due to overall frailty and multiple comorbidities, he never graduated from the SNF and continues to reside there today…

Read moreOn meaningful use: the EMR versus the patient’s needs.

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