2/8 Disruption sums up 2020. Our lives will never be the same. But disruption can make things better. Let's embrace it & lead periop medicine. Telehealth connects us to pts out of the OR, for preop eval & postop follow-up. Working remotely creates innovative practice structures.
My brother received a phone call from my phone # (with my name attached to it). When he picked it up, he heard a woman screaming & a man on the line told him that he had me & was going to kill me. He then tried to extort my brother by telling him to download CashApp & send $$.
My brother was awesome because as freaked out as he was, he stayed calm, kept the guy on the phone & asked appropriate questions for proof of life, while my sister-in-law called the police. My sister-in-law was reached me on my cell phone to know I was ok.
Dr. Barnett was a fighter pilot in WW2, followed by 1st African-American medical student in Texas, at UTMB...although not without controversy, prejudice, & discrimination. Graduated cum laude, pursued surgery residency, then anesthesiology residency.
A great leader & physician, he was appointed to Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, & elected president of Houston Independent School District (1st African-American in both positions). Sadly, his potential & life were cut short by a tragic plan accident at 47 y.
Reproductive years occur during the critical portion of a physician's training: residency. If ♀️wait, fertility is an issue (& major $$ invested in procedures that may not be successful). If ♀️have kids, lack of support from the workplace & bias occur. 2/
Watching first season of #ER again (aired 1994). Noticed a few things:
1) medical diagnoses and work ups are quite normal and accurate for a tv show,
2) diversity displayed same as today. However the 2 trauma surgeons are African American (incl 1 woman). Only 2 women mds on show of 10-12 men. And female er doc’s decision making is questioned more than men’s.