Kristin Prentiss Ott, M.D.

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 the surprise, fear, and awkwardness of having a guy I had studied with only once…
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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, please stop reading now. While Muzak plays (think Kenny G covering John Mayer) and courteous…
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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. But none of them relayed that in Judaism, this scripture it is a song of…
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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 Silence” photo project has generated pictures like this one: This man’s words are true. And…
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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 in the spirit of community wellness, I am offering you these friendly public service announcements….
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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 of color.” I am honored to publish the words of my friend, Sherlonya Turner. We…
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I Survived my First Week as a Kindergartener’s Mom

The day before Kharis started Kindergarten – we got this in the mail: Her new teacher’s dogs sent a card! How cu-ute!  Her teacher was clearly on top of things (and maybe a Pinterest aficionado). I (on the other hand)…
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Marriage: The Grass is Greener…

About a year and a half ago, Mickey and I got away for a few days to a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic. It should have been heaven, but I packed guilt and worry in my luggage and brought…
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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 a warm and generous spirit), I walked back into a room to check on a…
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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 also certain I could make him even better. I was sure, with my gentle prodding (a.k.a….
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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 vital signs, a worrisome ECG, or concerning chief complaint, you will be seen long before…
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10 Truths about Life in the South

1.  Not all southern accents sound the same.  Take the word “HILLS” for example.  This is what it sounds like by regional accent: Charlestonian:  rhymes with “pills,” has 1.5 syllables, and comes from the chest/throat Eastern, TN:  rhymes with “peels,”…
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Brave Women of the Bible: She Will Know Their Names

**DISCLAIMER**- This is a post about church and the stories of women in the Bible. If you have subscribed for medical content – this one’s not for you!     The hashtag #whitewashedOUT recently trended on Twitter in response to…
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The Packaging of Providers as Something to Be Sold

“ORDER UP!” “One McDreamy to ED room 18, a McSteamy to room 5, and Dr. Oz to psych bed 2.” As much as patients would like to order Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane and Dr. Oz – we’re not there yet….
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What We Should Be Wearing to Work (HINT: It’s Not White)

It doesn’t matter if you can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds or 5.8 seconds… dance like Channing Tatum in Magic Mike or your 70-year-old neighbor sing like Adele or me slide an 8.0 plastic tube through someone’s vocal…
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Will the Real Dr. Here Please Stand Up?

In 2006, graduate nursing programs started granting doctorates of nursing practice (DNP degrees). In a “Media Fact Sheet,” The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) explains the thrust for the change this way: Some of the many factors building…
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