As an academic internist, over the past five years, I’ve been hearing more and more about social determinants of health. I have read countless journal articles comparing health outcomes; I’ve attended grand rounds on the subject; recently, our electronic medical record changed to incorporate a tab on social determinants of health into the patient’s chart. As a course director in the medical school, I’ve incorporated this topic into …
Post Author: Heather Thompson Buum, MD
Heather Thompson Buum is an internal medicine physician and author of Mirth is God’s Medicine: Coping with Cancer as a Physician. She can be reached at her self-titled site, Heather Thompson Buum.
An excerpt from With Mirth and Laughter: Finding Joy in Medicine After Cancer.
I am sitting in the waiting area for the one year follow up appointment with my oncologist, Dr. Anne Blaes. Using the handy phone app, “How Long Ago,” I see it’s been eleven months, nine days, five …
An excerpt from Mirth is God’s Medicine: Coping with Cancer as a Physician.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
– Proverbs 27:17
In the coming weeks, after the biopsy returns positive for cancer — and after the initial shock wears off — I am trying to plan ahead, and …
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