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Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Dr. Lockwood, Editor-in-Chief, is Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Senior Vice President of USF Health, University of South Florida, Tampa. He can be reached at [email protected]
Mixed feelings about training system-based physicians
Your October editorial titled "Training system-based physicians' (Contemporary OB/GYN. 2011; 56(19):8-12) evoked some mixed reactions. Although I agree with many of your comments, I was disappointed in the black-and-white image you paint for your students and because nowhere in your address do you mention the humanistic aspect of medicine. Words such as "caring for," "empathy," "sympathy," and "compassion" are conspicuously absent.
Drug shortages in the US: The time to act is now!
Many in the world are envious of our seemingly inexhaustible national healthcare resources. We have no long waits for surgery, and our hospitals rival their best hotels. To many foreigners US healthcare appears to be a "land of plenty." But for American obstetricians the first blemish in this idyllic facade appeared in the late 1990s when a serious shortage of betamethasone forced many of us to think critically about the use of other agents to accelerate fetal lung maturity and consider rationing our short supply.
Washington's political failures and your practice
To say I am frustrated by the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka the "super committee") to reach a sensible plan to reduce the federal government's crushing debt is an understatement. Ostensibly fueled by conservative intransigence over tax increases and liberal immobility over entitlement reform, it seems that the net effect is continued governmental paralysis amid the greatest intergenerational wealth transfer in history.
Safe at home? Probably not
In short, available evidence suggests that home births are a calculated gamble that nothing will go wrong, but they occasionally sacrifice safety for aesthetics.
Training system-based physicians
On September 1, the author started work as Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President for Health Sciences at The Ohio State University. Following is his first "address" to the new OSU medical students at the time of their White Coat Ceremony in early August.
Another disappointment for ovarian cancer screening
Those who had hoped that the combination of routine screening with cancer antigen 125 (CA-125) and pelvic ultrasound would promote an earlier diagnosis and improved survival for women with ovarian cancer were dealt a harsh blow when the PLCO trail results were reported.