John Henning Schumann http://wuis.org en Botched Execution Leads Doctor To Review His Principles http://wuis.org/post/botched-execution-leads-doctor-review-his-principles Executions in this country often draw controversy. But when the <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/state/execution-botched-before-inmate-dies-of-heart-attack-second-execution/article_80cc060a-cff2-11e3-967c-0017a43b2370.html" target="_blank">headlines</a> about them include words like botched or bungled, the debate about capital punishment enters new territory.<p>In Oklahoma, where I practice medicine, Clayton Lockett was convicted of murdering Stephanie Nieman, who had just graduated from high school, in 1999. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:35:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 24157 at http://wuis.org Botched Execution Leads Doctor To Review His Principles 5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients http://wuis.org/post/5-simple-habits-can-help-doctors-connect-patients I pulled back the curtain, ready to meet the next patient on my hospital rounds.<p>"Why are you standing there?" she asked me. "Come, have a seat, let's talk."<p>Lenore could have been my grandmother. She was 77 years old, and all of 93 pounds. What she lacked in girth, she more than made up for in chutzpah. She was one of the patients from intern year who I'll never forget.<p>After four years of medical school, I could recite biochemical pathways, genetic mutations and the ways all sorts of drugs work. But all the cramming suppressed most of my common sense. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:52:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 16748 at http://wuis.org 5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients For 2 Young Doctors, Working On Christmas Was A Privilege http://wuis.org/post/two-young-doctors-working-christmas-was-privilege December is supposed to be the time of year filled with family gatherings and holiday good cheer. For medical residents, quite the opposite is true.<p>There are no school breaks during residency. Being a medical resident is a real job, and a stressful one at that. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:10:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 15520 at http://wuis.org For 2 Young Doctors, Working On Christmas Was A Privilege Why Can't Ted Stay Out Of The Emergency Room? http://wuis.org/post/why-cant-ted-stay-out-emergency-room A 40-something patient I'll call Ted has a list of conditions that would have tongue-tied Carl Sagan. Even though I see Ted in my clinic every month, he still winds up visiting the emergency room 20 times per year.<p>Yes, 20.<p>Before he became my patient, he went even more frequently. So, the current situation, bad as it may be, represents halting progress.<p>Inside the hospital, Ted is what's known as a frequent flier, a patient we see over and over again. Unlike airlines, hospitals don't offer people like Ted perks or first class upgrades. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:07:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 12744 at http://wuis.org Why Can't Ted Stay Out Of The Emergency Room? A Doctor's 9 Predictions About The 'Obamacare Era' http://wuis.org/post/doctors-9-predictions-about-obamacare-era Debate is raging about Obamacare, and not just in Washington. Out here in Oklahoma we're grappling with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Patients. Employers. Hospitals. Doctors. Insurers. All of us.<p>Here then are one doctor's predictions about what we will see in the short and medium term for what I see as the unfolding Obamacare era — the biggest domestic health expansion since the enactment of Medicare in 1965.<p>1. Obamacare is moving ahead, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz notwithstanding. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:48:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 9967 at http://wuis.org Doctors Look For A Way Off The Medical Hamster Wheel http://wuis.org/post/doctors-look-way-medical-hamster-wheel I became a doctor to help people.<p>When I was a medical student, I held the naive and idealistic belief that if I just did good work, the business side of things would somehow take care of itself.<p>How wrong I was.<p>Now I'm an internist taking care of all comers age 18 and up. Some days I find myself facing patients and feeling more like a harried airline clerk than a real doctor.<p>I carry a laptop in and out of each exam room, fretting about entering all sorts of data to document the work I do. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:50:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 7273 at http://wuis.org Doctors Look For A Way Off The Medical Hamster Wheel It Came From Norway To Take On A Medical Goliath http://wuis.org/post/it-came-norway-take-medical-goliath Even if I hadn't known the hospital inspectors were coming, I would have figured it out quickly enough from my email.<p>The admonitions were flying:<p><blockquote><p>"Know your safety protocols backwards and forwards!"<p>"Sign things legibly, or at the very least print your name below the signature."<p>"Wash your hands before <em>and</em> after patient contact. (The surveyors will be watching .... )"<p></blockquote><p>It's boilerplate stuff that doctors like me should do all the time but often overlook.<p>Now we were about to be graded. Fri, 10 May 2013 14:16:00 +0000 John Henning Schumann 2459 at http://wuis.org It Came From Norway To Take On A Medical Goliath