Author Archives: Dr. Diction

Pursuing personal passion: Learner-centered research mentoring

A fresh approach to mentoring can empower new researchers to focus research questions with personal passion to create successful studies and sustainable careers. https://doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2018.952474 Just published, this Special Article outlines how mentors can use the Pursuing Personal Passion P3 Learner-Centered … Continue reading

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Final Touches

Final Touches – The art of care at the end of life.
We had touched each other’s lives in an eternal way …
It helped me learn again the importance of time, the art of the question and the power of details.
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Working at the Wheel

The family physician takes many turns though a life in practice. Cycles through our patients’ lives and our careers. ….  Read more – Working at the Wheel  Excerpts As the wheels of progress spin faster, steered by managers and lubricated … Continue reading

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Family Stories

Continuity is a cornerstone of primary care and the essence of family medicine. It is comprehensive care over time and across problems that forms the fabric of our relationships with patients, families and communities. Julia was one of my first … Continue reading

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55-Word Stories

Experience Two high-risk children. The mom, just 13, working the streets, living chaos complicated by heroin and spirochetes. Yet, she cared for her new baby with confidence. She met my doubts with folded arms: “Who do you think took care … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter

A family physician reflects on his own experience with open-heart surgery and the process of care in a top-flight academic medical center. I am running on a treadmill. Perhaps you are, too. Your treadmill may be meeting productivity goals for … Continue reading

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Journals

William R. Phillips Some days I want to curse infernal Invention of the learned journal. Filling miles of lonely shelves To busy wee indexing elves; Inform, inspire, but oft instead Stay still in stacks; lie long unread; Consuming forests full … Continue reading

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Swimming Upstream

In our dedication to the underserved, has family medicine left the mainstream where we used to provide most of the care to most of the folks most of the time? Family medicine has been swimming upstream for so long that … Continue reading

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Learning by Write

Family physician writers were invited to explain, “Why I write.” The practice of medicine is the management of meaning. The job of the physician—as master of diagnosis and therapy—engages us every day in observing and making sense out of what … Continue reading

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If

If you can keep your head when one is crowning, And be peaceful when all is going well; If you can swim against the tide that’s drowning So many people under profit’s swell; If you can hear the fear among … Continue reading

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