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Ten Tips for a Crisis: Lessons from a Soldier

April 2, 2020

A few days ago, I had a heartfelt conversation with my good friend Dr. Omayra Mansfield. Dr. Mansfield has been an Emergency Department Physician for more than 12 years. She is also the wife of another physician and the mother of two young children, the recently appointed Chief Medical Officer at a hospital at AdventHealth, and one of the first graduates of the Physician Leader Development Course I teach.

Dr. Mansfield explained that beyond caring for patients, one of her key concerns was the physical and emotional well-­being of the clinical staff at her hospital: the physicians, nurses, technicians, and clinicians under her care. Getting to her point, she asked if I might have any suggestions based on my time and experiences in combat that might be helpful to her as she “cared for her troops” as they faced the battle ahead.

Her request was a good one. Lessons from my military past immediately rushed to my mind. I started scribbling and came up with a Top Ten list of recommendations for anyone going into a tough fight. Here’s what I sent to her:

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What Hospitalists Need to Know About COVID-19

March 18, 2020

As the number of cases increases in the United States, we hope to provide answers about some common questions regarding COVID-19. 

Health professionals fight against COVID-19 myths and misinformation

March 12, 2020

Misinformation about the COVID-19 travels faster than the virus and complicates the job of doctors who are treating those infected and responding to concerns of their other patients.

COVID-19: Extra caution needed for patients with diabetes

March 17, 2020

Patients with diabetes may have an increased risk of developing coronavirus infection (COVID-19), along with increased risks of morbidity and mortality, according to researchers writing in Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome.

Potential GI manifestation, transmission of coronavirus

March 17, 2020

The novel coronavirus shows evidence of causing gastrointestinal symptoms and has the potential to be transmitted by the fecal-oral route, according to a new report from physicians at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, published online.

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Preparedness, PPE, Pediatrics: On the Front Lines of COVID-19

By Jordan Messler | March 31, 2020

A couple of days ago, I caught up with one of our fellow SHM colleagues, pediatric hospitalist James O'Callaghan, and as immediate past president of the medical staff at EvergreenHealth, he has been an active member of COVID-19 planning for the hospital. He’s a voice for pediatric hospital medicine throughout the country, as well.

We caught up, while his wife, a fellow hospitalist and palliative care doctor, was in the midst of a virtual happy hour. A rare moment of respite in the craziness. His kids were texting him from the next room.

Jim noted that the current state is cautiously stable. The numbers are slowly going up each day, but they are not seeing a surge.

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