Kristin Prentiss Ott, M.D.

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 years to learn how to do an appendectomy. The fact that we have reserved tasks…
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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 food. I had just finished a long shift in the ED so I was wearing…
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Your Love Story – The Power of Chapter One

If you ever go to marriage counseling, one of the first questions the therapist will ask is: “So how did the two of you meet?” This question has a purpose greater than learning your history. Telling your story brings you back….
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An Often Missed Self-Diagnosis

It’s holiday time and that means feasting and family. Of course, for some of us, Thanksgiving dinner comes with a side of tension so thick the turkey knife can’t cut it. Family: the people we belong to even if we…
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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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The Anti-Depressing Truth About Happy Pills

Take a look at these pictures and think of some words to describe them.   I see deep and tender and coarse and narrow, but of course both of these pictures are of an elephant. This is the principle behind…
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The Truth about How I Got in to Medical School

Argh! I was aggravated. My dad kept telling me, “You’ll never know unless you try.” And I kept telling him he didn’t understand that people with transcripts like mine didn’t get into medical school. “Well, you don’t know that for…
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