Tag: Personal

The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 2

| April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

In my previous post, The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 1 I wrote briefly about growing up outside of Chicago in a suburb called Cicero. For lack of a better word, Jimmy was perhaps as close a friend as anyone could have in that neighborhood. But one learned from an early age to be […]

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The Restaurateur Who Thought Like a Pathologist

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Again, the talk of not healthcare reform but rather healthcare payment reform and the interests of lawmakers, physicians, patients, payers and industry at stake with potential significant cost/reimbursement and research budget cuts proposed has led me to thinking, without politicizing, how bizarre it all really can be. My first year of medical school a friend and I […]

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A Conversation With a Clinician

| March 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

This was a phone conversation I had with a clinician many years ago.  There are several like it that every pathologist can relate to. This for some reason sticks out in my head more than most. Healthcare in 2014: Me: Pathology, Dr. Kaplan Dr. Opening: Hi Keith, it’s Mike. Mike Opening. Me: Hi Mike. Dr. […]

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ASC Tribute to Brian T. Collins, MD

| March 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Several of his friends, coworkers and colleagues shared their thoughts for a shared article in the March ASC Bulletin for ASC Members. Reprinted here to remember Brian with permission from the American Society of Cytopathology. On December 23, 2016, the profession of cytopathology lost a highly respected colleague, mentor, teacher, leader and friend. Dr. Brian T. Collins completed his […]

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Watches, Wallets and The Wall

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

A few months before finishing my residency, I had an opportunity to spend a few days at the Dover Air Force Base Mortuary in Delaware. It was an opportunity our residency had to witness how to handle mass casualties as part of our training.  Doing so required of course a mass casualty to see first […]

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My Visit to Huron Digital Pathology

| February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Growing up in Chicago, Canada was a place that my father told me provided “virgin” lakes for fishing we would visit before anyone else (supposedly). Canada also supplied the United States with hockey players and acid rain while we provided them baseball players and a lot of people fishing in virgin lakes buying their Canadian […]

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The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 1

| January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

From the ages of 5 to 10 I lived in Cicero, Illinois with my family. Cicero is likely a place you have never been to or will ever go to. You may have only heard of it in context with Al Capone running his criminal empire from there when he couldn’t do so within the […]

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Lisa

| January 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

Lisa was a 29-year old patient from the northern suburbs of Chicago who was admitted downtown following a massive stroke after she gave birth to a daughter the previous day. I had decided to do a neurology rotation to see if this was of interest to me for a potential specialty choice. It was early […]

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To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 2: The Fax Machine

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

I received a lot of feedback offline about Part 1 of this post (see: “To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 1” ) from a number of pathologists echoing my sentiments on the issue of turnaround time in general and needs/expectations from clinicians and patients about getting their results in a timely manner. […]

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Cytopathology Loses a Giant

| December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last December I wrote a post called “Notice of Death”. I spoke about finding out about people who had passed on my Facebook stream. This week there were more notices of people younger than I who had passed from metastatic cancer. Their walls were full of updates of the last weeks and days. Then a […]

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To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 1

| December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

That is the question. Every year. Around the holidays or three-day weekends. Normally biopsies or surgical specimens collected the day before are reviewed the next day. In a majority of cases, the case can be “signed out” meaning your opinion goes into a surgical pathology report and becomes part of the medical record. New malignancies, […]

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Christopher

| December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Chris, as he preferred to be called was from a wealthy suburb of Detroit. He went to one of the well-known private schools and excelled at basketball and baseball. His room was 2 doors down from mine and we had little in common but became quick friends. At 6’4” with an athletic build he was […]

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#SagerStrong

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

RIP Craig Sager – fellow Northwestern alum and once “Willie the Wildcat”. Will miss the questions, comments and the jackets!    

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Mr. Evans

| November 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mr. Evans lived alone, quietly, at the end of our street. It was the house all the kids were afraid of with the old man who would come out on occasion to hand mow his small lawn or pick weeds on occasion. We skipped his place on Halloween, despite the light on the porch being […]

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