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 […]

Contamination of healthcare workers’ hands with E. coli and Klebsiella species after routine patient care: a prospective observational study

Article: Contamination of healthcare workers’ hands with E. coli and Klebsiella species after routine patient care: a prospective observational study Authors: Mireia Puig-Asensio MD PhD, Daniel J. Diekema MD,  MS, Linda Boyken, BA, Gosia S. Clore, MPH, Jorge L. Salinas, MD, Eli N. Perencevich MD, MS Journal: Clin Microbiol Infect. 2019 Nov 13. pii: S1198-743X(19)30602-0. […]

Reported variability in healthcare facility policies regarding healthcare personnel working while experiencing influenza-like illnesses: An emerging infections network survey

Article: Reported variability in healthcare facility policies regarding healthcare personnel working while experiencing influenza-like illnesses: An emerging infections network survey Authors: Hilary M. Babcock, Susan E. Beekmann, Satish K. Pillai, Scott Santibanez, Leslie Lee, David T. Kuhar, Angela P. Campbell, Anita Patel and Philip M. Polgreen Journal: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Nov 14:1-6. doi: […]

Sequelae of an Evidence-based Approach to Management for Access to Care in the Veterans Health Administration

Article: Sequelae of an Evidence-based Approach to Management for Access to Care in the Veterans Health Administration Authors: Peter Kaboli, Isomi Miake-Lye, Christopher Ruser, Elizabeth Yano, Greg Orshansky, Lisa Rubenstein, Idamay Curtis, Susan Kirsh, Susanne Hempel Journal: Med Care. 2019 Oct;57 Suppl 10 Suppl 3:S213-S220 Abstract: BACKGROUND: Access to health care is a critical concept […]