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Human Predators: Four Features and Four Phases of Assault

My college orientation sessions in the late ’90’s included tips like carrying a rape whistle, but none of the recommended safety measures prepared me for…

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Why Medical Professionals have Potty Mouths

**WARNING** This post contains strong language. If you use the expression, “H-E-double-hockey-sticks” or refrain from watching R-rated movies because the language offends your moral sensibilities,…

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To All Valorous Women

During my formative years, I heard more than a few sermons that put the Proverbs 31 woman on a pedestal as the ideal Christian wife/mother.…

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The One Thing Doctors, Doulas, Moms, & Midwives All Want

As a feminist, a lover of birth, and a physician, I struggle every time I read people’s stories of birth trauma. Improving Birth’s “Break the…

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8 Cold Hard Truths About Colds

It’s booger season. And that means that urgent care centers, emergency departments and primary care offices everywhere are being inundated with people seeking antibiotics. So…

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What I Wish White Women Knew About Being a Woman of Color (Guest Post)

In “I’m Sorry. I’m Listening.” I extended an invitation to publish a guest post on “what I wish white women knew about being a woman…

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Ode to Nurses

A few weeks ago, after feeding my face with rich, dense chocolate cake brought by a truly awesome nurse (for no particular reason other than…

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5 Pieces of Advice that Changed My Life

1.  You work on you. When I married my husband, I was certain he was the most wonderful man in the world and I was…

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10 Things to Know Before Your Next Visit to the Emergency Department

1.  Wait times in most emergency departments are RIDICULOUS! But, if you have a real emergency, you won’t have to wait.  If you have abnormal…


What It Takes to Have a Career in Medicine

After ordering ample amounts of sides and some fried chicken for my husband, I pulled up to the KFC drive-through window to pick up my…