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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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What’s All the Fuss about Scope of Practice?

Pssst. I have a secret to tell… …………………………….Many of the things we do in medicine are not that hard! Honestly, it does not take 13…

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