The fruits of mentorship

What a month for seeing the fruits of strong mentorship. Once you start to look around for it, the examples are everywhere to be found. Regular readers of these posts know how deeply I value strong and effective mentoring and, more important, how fundamental I believe it is to shaping the future of our department. […]

Descriptive Epidemiology of Safety Events at an Academic Medical Center

Article: Descriptive Epidemiology of Safety Events at an Academic Medical Center Authors: Alexandre R. Marra, Abdullah Algwizani, Mohammed Alzunitan, Theresa M.H. Brennan, and Michael B. Edmond Journal: Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020, 17(1), 353 Abstract: Background: Adverse safety events in healthcare are of great concern, and despite an increasing focus on the prevention […]

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans – the use of neoadjuvant imatinib for treatment of an uncommon breast malignancy: a case report

Article: Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans – the use of neoadjuvant imatinib for treatment of an uncommon breast malignancy: a case report Authors: Matthew W. McGee, Sarag A. Boukhar, Varun Monga, Ronald Weigel & Sneha D. Phadke Journal: J Med Case Reports 13, 374 (2019) Abstract: Background: Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans is a rare soft tissue malignancy that, if left […]

Trends and Outcomes of Atrial Fibrillation-Flutter Hospitalizations Among Heart Transplant Recipients (From the National Inpatient Sample)

Article: Trends and Outcomes of Atrial Fibrillation-Flutter Hospitalizations Among Heart Transplant Recipients (From the National Inpatient Sample) Authors: Dinesh Voruganti, MD, Ghanshyam Shantha, MD, MPH, Sushma Dugyala, MD, Naga Venkata Krishna Pothineni, MD, Kanishk Agnihotri, MD, Behnam Bozorgnia, MD, Aman Amanullah, MD, Michael Giudici, MD, Alexandros Briasoulis, MD, PhD Journal: Am J Cardiol 2020;125:87−91 Abstract: […]

Calciphylaxis: Approach to Diagnosis and Management

Article: Calciphylaxis: Approach to Diagnosis and Management Authors: Harish Seethapathy and Lama Noureddine Journal: Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2019 Nov;26(6):484-490 Abstract: Calciphylaxis is a rare disorder of poor prognosis that can lead to intense, painful lesions involving the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Although mostly described in dialysis patients, it can affect patients with normal kidney […]

Big data and big discoveries

Happy New Year, Happy 2020! I hope the past couple weeks have been restorative, whether you were able to take a lot or even a little time away from work and for yourself. The turning of the calendar to a new year and a new decade may be an arbitrary time for the establishment of […]

A vital relaunch

After two issues, the Department of Internal Medicine has renamed its annual print publication from Foundations & Innovations to Vitals. As department chair E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, described the title change in the new issue’s foreword, “The details obtained in an evaluation are a quick snapshot of the spectrum of a person’s health, each data point an […]

The ecology of program director leadership: power relationships and characteristics of effective program directors

Article: The ecology of program director leadership: power relationships and characteristics of effective program directors Authors: Bharat Kumar, Melissa L. Swee, & Manish Suneja Journal: BMC Med Educ. 2019 Nov 21;19(1):436 Abstract: BACKGROUND: Program directors are often perceived as strong and independent leaders within the academic medical environment. However, they are not as omnipotent as […]