Key Questions for a Doctor to Ask

Mortality. Life choices. Health hazards. The conversations doctors have with our patients can be difficult. Especially when we ask about taboo topics. Learning key series of questions can make complex discussions much simpler. Key questions I’ve learned and practiced and use on a roll-off-the-tongue daily basis: What can I do for you today? (eliciting the…

Feeling Useful: Reflections from a Medical Student

Great piece in online medical literary journal Pulse from third year Pritzker student Adam Weiner on the importance of listening to the patient experience–a contribution even a first year medical student may make. I was privileged to read an early version last year, and am impressed by the lovely depth and description he brings to…

The Health Costs of Inequality

The word is out–according to economists from Standard & Poor, the stalled economic recovery in America after the Great Recession could be due to our staggering income inequality. The rich get richer, and they already have everything they need, so they do not buy any additional goods and services, but instead put their money into…

G-local Health

Originally posted on Schistosomiasis in Senegal:
Back in 1998, when I was a college student, I landed in Senegal, West Africa, to study international health. What was international health?  Health in the context of a different nation–where dams and agricultural development and poverty and culture determined disease. Health “between” nations. One nation creating health for another. North-South…