Some days as a physician are hard- busy, mired in paperwork, behind schedule. Then, there are moments that give you a jolt and make you remember why you are there. This was one.
So, the time is approaching. The time I’ve been dreading a bit. The one developmental milestone, that, for some reason, I was kind of hoping my son would reach later rather than earlier. It is almost time for toilet training. How do I know? Well, the little guy routinely sits on his little potty for a few minutes before bathtime. We read some books, chat, and that is that. But, lately, these nightly sits on the potty have occasionally become, shall we say, productive.
With Halloween approaching, parents are currently bombarded with advice about costumes, decorations, party ideas, etc. Well, I’ll put in my two cents about having not just a Happy Halloween, but a safe one. Continue reading
Are we keeping up with the times?
Recently Dr. Maggie Kozel wrote an excellent post for Huffington Post regarding the need for evolution in the way that we deliver health care in pediatrics. This is a very timely article in an area that needs attention. She responds to a recent study out of UCLA that found that well child visits are shorter than we would hope- one-third last less than 10 minutes. There’s been a lot of talk about this study, but to be honest, I’m not at all surprised. And, Dr. Kozel is the first I’ve heard truly address the reasons behind this problem. The current structure of medicine forces primary care physicians to see more and more patients per day. She points out that the study showed that this problem is especially notable in private practice. Continue reading
There are already a number of pediatricians out there writing and blogging, and there is a veritable industry of mommy blogs (check out my blogroll to see some that I think are great). Why should you read My Two Hats? Well, I think have a unique perspective to add. Our family is bicultural and bilingual and I’ll definitely touch on those themes. I am a passionate child advocate, especially for underserved kids, and will use this forum to bring their issues to the fore.
Please let me know what you think of My Two Hats! I am always open to comments, suggestions, and ideas for post topics.