Monday, May 31, 2010

Tornado of May 31, 1985



In this area, May 31, 2010 is not only the day we observe for Memorlal Day. It is also an anniversary of a day that changed this area forever. According to news reports, over the span of two hours, three tornados struck this area taking 19 lives and causing $140 million in damage. (Also check out the video above which was the best documentary of the storm)

In the picture above from another news story, it describes the memories of a skating rink that was destroyed at the time. I was in junior high at the time. I personally didn't know of this skating rink. But, in the 1980s, roller skating was a big thing (at least around here) and the news story describes that this skating rink was a very popular place to the local kids.

I share my memories of that Friday night 25 years ago, in the video below. But, basically, one of the memories I have is the realization of the power that weather can have. The news article also describes this in that there was (and still is) a cemetery in the area with very tall and old trees. Following the tornado, I remember seeing on the news - and eventually in person - all of those tall trees gone. Ever since then, my anxiety level increases when I hear those tornado sirens and when I hear any kind of tornado alerts....



Friday, May 28, 2010

Dr. A Show 167 Wrap-up




Thanks again to Dr. Jay Lee who was my guest on Doctor Anonymous Show 167. Check out the opening segment of the show in the video above. During the first part of the show, we discussed his background, including how he came to find medicine as a career, Family Medicine as a specialty, and public health as a passion.

In the second half of the show, we discussed advocacy for Family Medicine and for our patients. We also talked about utilizing social media for Family Medicine and patient advocacy. One of the great points that Dr. Lee brought up was, in addition to asking patients about health issues, to ask patients if they are registered to vote. Check out the video below for the closing moments of the show.


You can listen to the entire audio podcast of Doctor Anonymous Show 167 in the player below. Or, if you like, you can download the show and listen anytime by clicking here. I also encourage you to download other Dr. A Shows over on the show's iTunes page. Also, don't forget to check out the Facebook Fan page for the show and hit the huge "Like" button. Thanks so much for your continued support for the show!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dr. A Show Tonight!


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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 9pm ET (1am UTC)

Join me tonight for Doctor Anonymous Show 167 with our guest Family Physician Dr. Jay Lee (pictured above) who is the Director of Health Policy at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine. Dr. Lee obtained his Master of Public Health at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Academy of Family Physicians.

If you are new to the show, I encourage you to catch us live. There is a great chat room that also goes on. You can even see my shining face on the webcam. In addition, you can call into the show to say hello. Can't catch us live? That's ok. You can listen anytime after the show as it is saved as a podcast so you can listen anytime!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dr. A Show 167 Preview: Dr. Jay Lee


This week, on Doctor Anonymous Show 167, I'm happy to welcome fellow Family Physician Dr. Jay Lee from California. According to his facebook page, he is the Director of Health Policy at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine. Dr. Lee obtained his Master of Public Health at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Academy of Family Physicians.

So, I hope that you can join us live on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 9pm Eastern Time/6pm Pacific Time for Doctor Anonymous Show 167. Even if you cannot join us live, you can download the recorded podcast over on the show's iTunes page. Also, check out the video promo for the show above. And, finally, don't forget to check out the Facebook Fan page and hit the "Like" button while you're there. See you for the show!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dr. A Show 166 Wrap-up


Thanks so much to Friggen Ben and Kat for joining me on a special 2 hour Saturday night edition of The Doctor Anonymous Show were we chatted about sports, news, reality shows, and entertainment news. In the video above, Ben shares with us his current journey on his way to his gastric bypass surgery this summer.

You can listen to Doctor Anonymous Show 166 in the player below. Or, if you like, you can download the show and listen anytime by clicking here. If you enjoy this, you can download other shows over on the show's iTunes page. And, don't forget to check out the Facebook Fan page and hit the huge "Like" button at the top. Thanks for your continued support of the show!

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dr. A Show 165 Wrap-up



Thanks again to Larry Bauer who is the Chief Executive Officer for the Family Medicine Education Consortium. About half way into the show, we really started getting into ideas to help reform the US health care system. I encourage you to listen to that section of the show for a very good discussion.

In the video above, we also discussed the FMEC Northeast Regional Meeting which will take place October 29-31, 2010 in Hershey, PA. I'm happy to say that I will be doing a presentation at the conference on Family Physicians and Social Media (imagine that). So, I definitely encourage physicians, residents, medical students, and anyone else interested to join us at the meeting in October. It's gonna be a great time! (Also check out the video open to the show and the video closing to the show)

You can listen to Doctor Anonymous Show 165 in the player below. Or, if you like, you can download the show and listen anytime by clicking here. You can also have access to previous shows by clicking here. Don't forget to go to the show's Facebook page and press the "Like" button. Thanks for your continued support of the show!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dr. A Show 165 Tonight



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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 9pm ET (0100 UTC)

I invite you to check out Doctor Anonymous Show 165 tonight when our guest will be Mr. Laurence Bauer who is the Chief Executive Officer at the Family Medicine Education Consortium and you can check out their website at FMEC.Net. You'll see a description of the organization in the video below.

I had a great conversation with Larry a few weeks ago when he asked me to present at the FMEC meeting this fall on the topic of Physicians and Social Media. Larry is a Social Worker by training but the stories that he can tell on how he got from being a counselor to working with Family Physicians - these are interesting stories - and part of the reason I asked him on the show.

As you can probably figure out from seeing the recent schedule of the show, I have been highlighting guests who are Family Physicians. If you didn't already know, I am a Family Physician myself and I think that family docs have many great stories to tell about themselves, their families, and their patients.

What the Family Medicine Education Consortium highlights are docs and groups of docs who are doing innovative things - in health care - that no one knows about - yet. The slogan to FMEC is "Driven To Innovate" and I'm very excited to talk with Larry about this and other topics on tonight's show...


If you are new to the show, I encourage you to catch us live. There is a great chat room that also goes on. You can even see my shining face on the webcam. In addition, you can call into the show to say hello. Can't catch us live? That's ok. You can listen anytime after the show as it is saved as a podcast so you can listen anytime!

For first time Blog Talk Radio listeners:
*Although it is not required to listen to the show, I encourage you to register on the BlogTalkRadio site prior to the show. I think it will make the process easier.

*To get to my show site, click here. As show time gets closer, keep hitting "refresh" on your browser until you see the "Play/Chat" button. Then, of course, press the "Play/Chat" button.

Monday, May 17, 2010

American Stroke Month



May is American Stroke Month as designated by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. As I talk about in the video above (and in case you're wondering, yes, that is my new iPad sitting there right in front of me), stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. And, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers from a stroke.

The key thing to recognize is that symptoms are sudden - whether it is weakness on one side of the body, difficulty with talking, difficulty with walking, or other neurological changes. One of the important things to remember is that even subtle weakness or difficulty with speech can be an early sign.

The symptom does not necessarily need to be severe. I have had a lot of patients who had very mild symptoms, thought the symptom was going to go away, only to have a major stroke a few hours later. So, if you, a loved one, a friend, an acquaintance, or even a total stranger, start to have these type of symptoms, get medical attention right away - Don't wait.

Check out more information over at the American Stroke Association website. If you found this interview helpful, I encourage you to check out other interviews I've had on local TV news on health topics over at MikeSevilla.TV - Click on the "My TV Interviews" link...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Show 163 & 164 Wrap-up



Thanks again to Bryan McColgan who is a 3rd year medical student at Columbia who has been video blogging during his rotations this academic year. In the video above, Bryan shares his living conditions and working conditions while he was in Zimbabwe.

Check out his blog called Becoming A Doctor. You can listen to Doctor Anonymous Show 163 in the player below. Or, if you like, you can download the show and listen anytime by clicking here.



And, if you missed it, check out Doctor Anonymous Show 164 which was recorded on Saturday, May 15, 2010. It was a special 90 minute show in which I updated things that I have been doing for the first 30 minutes of the show. For the last hour of the show, I was happy to welcome Kat who gave some updates on the popular reality TV shows of the week.

You can listen to the show on the player below. Or, if you like, you can download the show and listen anytime by clicking here. Don't forget to "Like" the show on our Facebook Fan page. And, the entire Doctor Anonymous Show archive is available on the iTunes page. Thanks for your continued support of the show!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dr. A Show 163 Tonight!


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Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9pm ET (0100 UTC)

I invite you to join me tonight for Doctor Anonymous Show 163 where my guest will be Bryan McColgan who is a 3rd year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is author of the blog "Becoming A Doctor" and there he has been video blogging during each of his rotations this year including his very first video below from June 29, 2009 called "first day of orthopedic surgery and the operating room"


If you are new to the show, I encourage you to catch us live. There is a great chat room that also goes on. You can even see my shining face on the webcam. In addition, you can call into the show to say hello. Can't catch us live? That's ok. You can listen anytime after the show as it is saved as a podcast so you can listen anytime!

For first time Blog Talk Radio listeners:
*Although it is not required to listen to the show, I encourage you to register on the BlogTalkRadio site prior to the show. I think it will make the process easier.

*To get to my show site, click here. As show time gets closer, keep hitting "refresh" on your browser until you see the "Play/Chat" button. Then, of course, press the "Play/Chat" button.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dr. A Show 163 Preview


My guest this week for The Doctor Anonymous Show 163 will be Bryan McColgan who is a 3rd year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. What is unique about Bryan is that on his blog called "Becoming A Doctor" he has been posting video blogs during his rotations this year. Bryan also has an interesting in international medicine that we'll talk about more of the show.



In the video above, Bryan talks about his "first patient dying before my eyes" during his recent surgery rotation. So, I hope you can join us on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9pm Eastern Time (1AM UTC) for Doctor Anonymous Show 163. Also check out the video promo for the show above. Hope to see you live for this week's show!

Dr. A Show 162 Wrap-up


Thanks again to Family Physician and my friend Dr. Danny Lewis for being a guest on The Doctor Anonymous Show 162 last week. We had a great conversation of what it was like to deliver health care to people in Guatemala, what it's like to be a Family Physician in Tennessee, and, in our opinion, the Future of Family Medicine and social media (see video clip above).

To download this audio podcast and listen anytime, just click here. If you enjoy what you hear, I encourage you to go to DoctorAnonymous.Org and check out more of my audio podcasts. To check out more video clips like the one you see above, click here. And, don't forget to check out the Facebook page for the show and hit the huge "Like" button at the top of the Facebook page. Thanks so much for your support of the show!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Dr. A Show 162: Dr. Daniel Lewis


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Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 9pm ET (0100 UTC)

I invite you to join me tonight for Doctor Anonymous Show 162 when our guest will be Family Physician Dr. Daniel Lewis. I have known Danny for a long time back to our medical school and residency days. Yes, time does fly when you're having fun. I didn't realize this until recently, but he has been a long time reader of the blog and along time listener to the show. How cool is that?

Danny and some of his colleagues recently took a trip to Central America to take part in a missionary trip. International medicine is a topic that I've always been curious about. I first learned about his trip on his facebook page, and I told myself that when he got back that I would ask him to be on the show. Lucky for me, he graciously accepted my invitation.

If you are new to the show, I encourage you to catch us live. There is a great chat room that also goes on. You can even see my shining face on the webcam. In addition, you can call into the show to say hello. Can't catch us live? That's ok. You can listen anytime after the show as it is saved as a podcast so you can listen anytime!

For first time Blog Talk Radio listeners:
*Although it is not required to listen to the show, I encourage you to register on the BlogTalkRadio site prior to the show. I think it will make the process easier.

*To get to my show site, click here. As show time gets closer, keep hitting "refresh" on your browser until you see the "Play/Chat" button. Then, of course, press the "Play/Chat" button.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Vlogs: Me & T-Rave in KC


In case you didn't know, the term "Vlog" stands for video blog. And, I finally posted my video blog from last weekend's adventure with T-Rave to the Apple Store in Kansas City )pictured above) where - yes, I did purchase an iPad. In addition to my video, I have also posted T-Rave's video which includes a little snippet when I was hanging out with them that night. Super cool people and I wish I lived closer to that I could hang out with them more often. Enjoy the vids!



Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Continuing Education


Yes, I'm still here in Kansas City. Why? Well, I'm here to educate myself. This is part of the continuing process to maintain board certification. In addition to taking a board exam every certain number of years, there are certain educational modules that have to be taken in a disease area - like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

Meetings like this are interesting as well, because they kind of have their own community. At the beginning of every meeting like this, the presenter asks the audience how many times people have re-certified in Family Medicine - meaning how many times have you taken the board exam through the years.

And, mind you, our board certification is good for seven years. There are always one or two people in the audience who say, "Yup, this will be the sixth (or seventh) time I'm taking the boards." You can do the math on that one, and those people enjoy their moment of fame at the beginning of the meeting....

Plus, since doctors are so busy trying to see patients these days, there are some people who make an educational meeting like this - they make it a kind of reunion. "Hey, whatcha been doing since I saw you last year? Oh yeah, got a another grandchild do ya?" So, in many aspects, the advocacy meeting I was at last week and the educational meeting I've been at this week- there are some similarities. Or, just some quirky observations on my part.

For me, yesterday and today has helped me re-focus on some clinical topics. There are always some quick and practical tips that I pick up from the lecturer- and from the participants - when it comes to taking care of patients. And, also some tips about my business, and about life. Social media is great, but there is something about meeting and talking with people in person that makes it very special. I finally outta here later today. It'll be nice to be home....

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Me And My iPad


Feel free not to read this post. I'm writing this just as justification for myself about purchasing an iPad - Hehe. Well, during my conference last week, I got into a conversation with my good friends Jen and Kim - acknowledged tech geeks (and I mean that with love). We discussed coming out to the Apple store two days ago when the 3G version went on sale.

It would've been a great field trip! I think that there were about 1-2 other people who were thinking about it. Well, that night when the moment came to decide to go to the Apple story, I was a party pooper and decided not to go. And, apparently, no one else in the group (that I know of) went either.

So, today comes and I knew that I was meeting up with video blogger and internet celebrity T-Rave. He lives here in the Kansas City area. So, after some lunch, we decided to hit the Apple store (I have some great video of this, but probably won't be able to upload until getting home because of a too slow internet connection to upload video)

I admit that this was the third time that I touched an iPad. The other two times were at my local Best Buy at home. (The funny thing is that when I decided to purchase an iPad at home - the Best Buy was sold out). So, I'm pacing and thinking and wondering - Should I or shouldn't I?

Always when I have a tough decision like this, I go to the place where I will always get the right answer. Yes, that's right I went to the online magic 8 ball site - right there logging onto an iMac computer. I typed in the question, "Should I purchase an iPad today?" I clicked on "submit question." The answer came back, "Absolutely!"

Now, I have been going back and forth on which to purchase - the wifi version or the 3G version. Since I recently purchased a Verizon MiFi 3G internet modem, I didn't need the iPad 3G version. I can use the wifi signal from the Mifi. (And I have to tell you, the connection has been pretty good) I purchased the iPad Wifi 64GB version.

The purchase process was interesting. I was able to activate the iPad right there in the store. The Apple Genius we were working with was very cool. He saw the video cameras that me and T-Rave were using and he asked about our websites. He told us about his website which is called Urban Synthesis Radio. I encourage you to check it out!

So, that's my iPad purchase story. I'm working with my IT guy at my local hospital to see how I can get access to hospital records using this device. I'm also trying to think about other work functions that I can use iPad for - in addition to all the fun things!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

What Is A Family Medicine Leader?



What is a Leader? What is a Family Medicine Leader? Giving a clear and concise answer to these questions have been a challenge for me as I have taken on different leadership tasks and positions.

I can’t believe that it was 10 years ago when I gave my first speech in seeking national office for my professional organization. I was in the final year of my residency, and my colleagues had to convince me to “just give it a go.”

I had done a bunch of stuff on the state level. But, I didn’t feel my game was ready for “prime time” – meaning being on a national stage. I remember that speech like it was yesterday. My heart still pounds and my hands still get sweaty thinking about it. At the time, it was the most stressful couple of minutes of my life.

I thought it was quite an accomplishment just to get through that speech. When I learned later that I was in fact elected, I knew that moment changed my leadership life forever. I was able to overcome the fears of failure and embarrassment to have that turning point open the door for many leadership positions which unfolded over the past decade.

Probably the highlight of this recent course was being the 2007 chair of the meeting that was just completed here in Kansas City – the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC - Search for the #aafpncsc tag on twitter). At the time, the meeting was only in its 17th edition – so having the title "Chair" of the meeting was definitely an exclusive club.

This year’s NCSC was a different experience for me in that I was “just” a participant and not involved at all in the planning or on the leadership team – a kind of outsider looking in. I even tried to run for another national office, but this time I was unsuccessful. For the next few hours, I kept asking myself, "Was I A Failure?"

Something very interesting happened after that. More than a few people came up to me and said, “I’m sorry you lost your election, but since you’ve had a lot of experience at this meeting, I need some advice on an issue.”

It was at that moment when a light bulb went off in my head. Leadership is about making a positive connection with a person AND empowering the person to help them reach their leadership potential. This is what drives me to do what I do, as opposed to obtaining more leadership titles and winning elections.

So, as I put this meeting behind me, I know that the work that I did will not be posted to any kind of website (except mine, of course). But, I do have a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment knowing that I made a difference. And, that's all I need....

For my Family Medicine friends who read this post, I encourage you to share your answer to the question - "What Is A Family Medicine Leader?" It is through sharing our experiences where we can be better advocates for our specialty and for our patients.