Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Killing the Pain of 2016

It was a brutally bad year, no matter what your tastes in entertainment or politics happen to be. If you can't undo the damage, at least you can make it more palatable on New Year's before trudging back to work.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Need Holiday Reading?

The memoir is available for Kindle and Kindle app or in trade paperback!

The Flame Broiled Doctor is a retrospective on my all too short days as a practicing doctor. Literally 20 years in the making, it tells my journeyman's tale in medicine, from the day of my fluke acceptance into med school through the day I threw in the towel from burnout. It's a collection of all my best stories, some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, and some laugh-out-loud revolting. Medicine, (genital) warts and all. 

More than the stories, though, the book is a window into modern medicine through the eyes of an ordinary Family Doctor. There are no race-against-time heroics, no game-changing breakthrough discoveries...it's medicine as it is, the encounters between doctor and patient. 

The book is also the most personal account I can give of life as a doctor, including my own experiences with chronic pain, severe burnout, and taking a turn in the patient's chair. Disease takes its toll on the patient, but also leaves wounds in the lives and families of those tasked with treating it.

It's my belief that anybody can enjoy The Flame Broiled Doctor. Anyone that works in health care will appreciate the war stories, both comic and tragic. Young people thinking about a career in medicine will get an accurate and authentic feel for the ups, the downs, and the headaches of the job. And people who've encountered doctors and the health care system - and who hasn't - will learn what it's like on the other side of the stethoscope.

Download or own your copy today!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Bliss?

No new posts coming for the next week or two...the joys of getting the books done for the year.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Just Bring It!

All right, enough moping and panic in abject fear over the coming Trump presidency. It's been a solid week on the creative front. The final draft of the memoir is in the process of formatting, the cover is in the works, and in a terrific bit of news, I *plan* on having it available in print as well as e-book from the word go.

In another bit of fun news, the next podcast episode should be up mid-week, covering a subject I've been wrestling with for the better part of 30 years...wrestling!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Electronic Records, the False Prophet

It's time to set the (electronic) record straight on a relative dud in the endless quest to build a better mousetrap health care system.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ep. 2 Coming Soon

Episode 2 of the podcast will drop later this week. Just getting all my research notes together. Would rather take the time and make it accurate.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Killer B's of Burnout

Is it possible to break down a complex phenomenon like professional burnout into a simple triad? We do it for exotic diseases all the time, so why not?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Change is Good

Yes, the look has changed, if only slightly for now. More changes (including a new name for the blog) are in the works.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Why Health Care Is Not Safe With Bureaucrats

My final "freebie" memoir excerpt, and salient to Ontario's misguided Patients First plan. The names have been changed, but yes, this is a true story:

Delays, delays

Grumble. Puppy mishaps and a skunk trying to nest in the garage. New post coming later this week.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016


On holidays with spotty WiFi, so no new blog posts likely until I get back in a week or so. No, this is not where I am right now #stockphoto

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Gong Show

We're running out of current pop culture metaphors for the doctor's deal, so I thought I'd dig one out of the dustbin.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Oh, those Russians!

I guess I need to stop besmirching the name of Donald Trump on Twitter and Facebook. I've had much more traffic than normal on the blog, all originating from Russia. Looks like unemployed Canadian doctors are now targets of Putin's hackers alongside the DNC.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Doctor's Summer Spirit

Okay, I've Tweeted and Re-Tweeted and Blogged and Liked and Replied enough about Ontario's doctors for this week. It's time to get back to performing serious public service.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What's your BATNA? (da na na na na....)

Holy last minute contract offers! How should the doctors decide?


The memoir's not quite ready for prime time. A summer of rewrites it is. Sadly, this puts my other projects on hold, including my first epic poem.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Competing Interests

If you were to read any commission/blog/column/op-ed/plan/vision about a health care system, Canadian or otherwise, you're almost certain to find the same critiques show up over and over, albeit at different frequencies and with varying degrees of umbrage. The jargon might change - last year's "integration" is this year's "synergy" - but the messages never do.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

I See Dead People

Doing Coroner's training all this week, so no anticipated new posts (but you never know).

Looking forward to patients that don't talk back.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Quick update

Sorry about lack of content of late, but long weekend and slow news week on the health care front. Have also heard my Muse and started a new writing project--pure fun this time around.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

No Bureaucrat Left Behind, Part II

The Ontario government took its lead from no less than George W. Bush in crafting Patients First - a foolhardy, bureaucracy-laden reform initiative.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rebuttal - Yes, doctors run private businesses

A fellow blogging physician with a much larger following, Dr. Shawn Whatley, posted a provocative piece on his own blog arguing against the notion that doctors are private business owners.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

No Bureaucrat Left Behind, Part I

Ontario continues to move full-steam ahead with its plan to grind primary care reform to a screeching halt (now how's THAT for some mixing of metaphors?).

Monday, May 2, 2016

What Medicine Can't Fix

From the Public Health world, a discussion of how little anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology sometimes matter.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Not on a holiday....

Apologies for a lack of new posts. Last week's rainstorm was too much for one little sump pump to handle.

Another day or so and the mess should be all cleaned up.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Burning down the house, Part III

The doctors' dispute has been about as pleasant to read about as a dirty diaper, so I'll go back to my series on burnout.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thrivers and Survivors

Hey, I'm on Twitter! I'm now reachable by people that haven't had the (dis)pleasure of knowing me all these years. With that in mind, it's time to reveal a little more about my professional self.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chicken soup for the doctor's soul

Courtesy of my very dear friend, Nurse Practitioner Megan Crawford, comes a link to a medical student's essay on the lost opportunity of "professional distance".

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fat chance on that one

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, noted blogger and practitioner around obesity, weighs in on a question deserving of heavy consideration.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Drug policy = Whack-a-mole

Haven't made much time for the blog of late because of family germs. Couldn't resist this news story, though.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sticky the movie?

This is a thing. And before you ask, no, I had no part in its production.

As a side note, a former patient of mine once gave me a 100-year old medical book she found in her father's house. The chapter on masturbation, or onanism as the text refers to it, is one of the funniest things you'll ever read. "This is a serious character weakness, particularly in young males..." kind of thing.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Spice up your life!

Change of pace. In honor of Baby Spice turning 40, I give you my favorite Spicy tunes! Nevertheless, these songs were the soundtrack of my med school years...so they're kind of related to health care.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

First post, and a teaser(!)

My wife, family, and coworkers seem convinced that I need to blog. I haven't the slightest idea of what I might say, but I suppose not everyone on Facebook is interested in my diatribes, and not everyone I know online wants to look at family photos. By all means, feel free to get in touch if there's something in particular you want me to pontificate (or bitch) about, except for actual clinical questions.

In the meantime, here's the very first teeny tiny teaser of my forthcoming memoir, after the jump: