How a Chin Laceration Changed One Parent’s Life

  Facial lacerations are bread and butter cases for Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians.  We see so many that fixing them becomes an art form. Our approach adjusts seamlessly depending on the child’s age, location, parental anxiety level, child anxiety level, upcoming travel plans, and gnarly-ness. When Olivia, a 5-year-old popped up on my electronic tracking... Continue Reading →

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Four quick tips on how you can help your child become less afraid of doctors

Working with child life specialists and in the pediatric ER for the last 20 years has taught me some things that help make trips to the #doctor less scary for school aged or older kids: 1) tell your child what to expect. 2) don’t lie. Instead of telling your child that her shot won’t hurt,... Continue Reading →

They didn’t even do anything for me!

This blog was previously published on Doximity via Medium. I once took care of a man who had injured his ankle badly (trimalleolar fracture) while trying to enjoy a football game on a Saturday night. He had been seen at another hospital emergency department and was now crutching his way into my exam room with... Continue Reading →

Why medical tests are worthless

I am frequently asked by patients to “run some tests to make sure nothing is wrong.” This makes a lot of sense on the surface, but makes no sense as a physician. Why? Because testing without a context or a medical question is nonsensical. Let’s talk about why. How doctors think It’s frequently quoted that... Continue Reading →

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