NEJM: For-Profit Medical Schools — Concerns about Quality and Oversight

The nonprofit-governance requirement for medical schools was a core component of U.S. medical care’s transformation. But recently, several for-profit schools have been provisionally or fully accredited. Here is the link to the New England Journal of Medicine article: For-Profit Medical Schools — Concerns about Quality and Oversight

Why Are Traffic Fatalities Going Up in The US and Nowhere Else?

That assessment has become increasingly true. The U.S. has diverged over the past decade from other comparably developed countries, where traffic fatalities have been falling. This American exception became even starker during the pandemic. In 2020, as car travel plummeted around the world, traffic fatalities broadly fell as well. But in the U.S., the opposite […]

Candy Stripers

A famous critical care doctor once told me that “they want candy stripers delivering medicine.” That choice of the phrase probably dates both of us, but hopefully, it’s not too prehistoric to make the point. He was griping about what he viewed as an institutional assault on physician judgment and prerogatives. Long after that, I […]

Pro-Tip: Try To Avoid Having To Call The Judge Minutes Into A Deposition

It happens. I get it. But when the witness has taken “less than her normal dose of painkillers” to get through the deposition, there are ways around that problem other than asking a Federal judge to treat it as an emergency. I don’t know if it is rule number one, but it is certainly top […]

Yes, The Onion’s SCOTUS Brief Is Hysterical. And Brilliant.

The Onion is the world’s leading news publication, offering highly acclaimed, universally revered coverage of breaking national, international, and local news events. Rising from its humble beginnings as a print newspaper in 1756, The Onion now enjoys a daily readership of 4.3 trillion and has grown into the single most powerful and influential organization in […]

Lee Hospital Patients Are Being Evacuated

Lee Health is evacuating up to 400 patients to hospitals in Collier County because of water pressure losses at two of its campuses. More patients will be transferred in the coming days as beds are found, said Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and chief executive officer of Lee Health. When Lee Health says “campuses” they mean […]

Heavy Horses

Watching the pomp and circumstance surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral provoked conflicting emotions. On the one hand, the monarchy is ridiculous and offensive to American notions of freedom. I watch the story of the UK hiring out King Charles 3’s ironing of his shoelaces and putting of the toothpaste on his brush with horror. Hence, […]

It’s Banned Book Week and Mike Royko’s Birthday!! Savor the irony.

Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on. Mike Royko On a related note, George Orwell’s 1984 is the most banned book in history. I love that To Kill A Mockingbird is high on […]