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Medical Error—a Public Health Problem

  Assessing quality of care can be a complicated and tedious task, the methods for which are reviewed in Avedis Donabedian’s seminal The Quality of Care How Can it be Assessed? In his thorough examination, Donabedian asserts, and I think rightfully so, that the provider is at the center of care. When we zoom in on this center of care, we see the good and bad habits of health care providers which result in unequal outcomes. For years, the extent to which medical error has affected public health has been drastically underestimated. Although Americans have been filing fewer lawsuits in recent years, it seems as though medical malpractice is never more than a stone’s throw away from the doctor-patient interaction.   Medical Error in the U.S. When thinking of the need for malpractice … Read entire article »

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Strength, Resilience, and Pride: The Medical Community Remembers the Boston Marathon 2013

I was home in Chicago when I heard the news. My mom had just picked me up after a long day of work, and I was dialing the Tufts phone number to inquire about on-campus housing.  As I was about to press “call,” my mom asked me, “Did you hear about the explosions at the Boston Marathon?” Quickly, I closed my phone. Having attended Emerson College for undergraduate school, located just a few blocks away from the Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, Boston was my second home. When she told me about the explosions, we did not yet know if they were terrorist attacks. The week continued and as the events unfolded, I prayed for the swift recovery of this incredibly strong city. One year later, as a Tufts … Read entire article »

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