Physician Just Equity – Peer support for physicians and surgeons

Physician Just Equity exists to provide peer-support to physicians and surgeons in the United States who experience workplace conflicts, through education, research, empowerment and advocacy – Championing a Balanced Resolution – while facilitating institutional culture change that optimizes patient care. Physician Just Equity is dedicated to achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the medical profession. […]

Experience of Pregnancy after Uterus Transplantation

An interview of the only two recipients of uterine transplants who have had successful live births found that their pregnancies were similar to those of family and friends in appearance, progress, emotional experience, and bonding behaviors. Both would choose to have a uterus transplant over surrogacy or adoption.  

Effect of insurance type on perioperative outcomes after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy for lung cancer

Insurance type has been reported to be an independent predictor of overall survival in lung cancer patients. These investigators found differences in odds of 5-year survival and disposition at discharge between patients with public and combination insurance plans and those with private insurance, supporting their hypothesis that patients who do not have a fully private […]

Could “Big Brother” Be Joining the Early Mobilization Team?

In a discussion of the ever-increasing utility of artificial intelligence “healthtech” in modern patient care, Bronwen Connolly, PhD, highlights the continually blurring boundary between physician and machine capabilities and emphasizes the need for thoughtful integration of human and machine roles on the healthcare team.

Coping strategies among colorectal cancer patients undergoing surgery and the role of the surgeon in mitigating distress: A qualitative study

“Distress is common among cancer patients and leads to worse postoperative outcomes. Surgeons are often the first physicians to have in-depth conversations with patients about a new colorectal cancer diagnosis; therefore, it is important that these surgeons understand how patients cope with the distress of a diagnosis and how they can help patients manage this […]

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Acute and Chronic Sleep Deprivation in Acute Care Surgeons

Physician burnout is estimated to be as high at 50% in American surgeons and is a major concern developing from sleep deprivation, along with depression, increased incidence of medical errors, and more. This study examines the sleep patterns of acute care surgeons and finds that they are consistent with patterns of sleep deprivation, raising the […]

Screening Contagion Film Series

Washington University in Saint Louis Center for the Humanities Screening Contagion invites you to view four pandemic films, then attend a series of panel discussions with faculty drawn from a variety of disciplines. The four films include a Hollywood blockbuster (Steven Soderbergh, Contagion), a classic of world cinema (Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal), a horror comedy (Edgar […]

Ashamed to Be Vaccinated? The Ethics of Health Care Employees Forgoing Unfair Priority

The Hastings Center January 5, 2021 Kyle Ferguson and Arthur Caplan After a hospital system has offered vaccine to all of its frontline staff and administered doses to the willing, what should it do with remaining doses?  Some hospital systems are receiving supply in excess of first-phase allocation’s demand. Those institutions are now pivoting toward vaccinating all of their […]