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Mea Sententia (which translates roughly as 'My Opinion') has been my intermittent blog since 2011. Much of my writing is about medical issues, but my topics range through philosophy, behavioral and decision making, management, humor, and persona/family anecdotes.
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An Obsession with Metrics

I precipitated a recent online discussion about healthcare’s obsession with measurement (quality metrics is the current buzz phrase) when I quoted two aphorisms that highlight some problems with metrics and targets:

Goodhart's Law: "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure,"

Campbell's Law: "The more a metric is used, the more likely it is to "corrupt the process it is intended to monitor."

One comment rubbed me the wrong way because it implied that measurement reduces harm:

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Test with apologies

I apologize but sometimes one has to test things.

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Satirical parachutes

I’ve always loved satire. The official definition is “…the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.” I like to think of it as weaponized humor. Despite being a target-rich environment, medical writing has far less than its rightful share of good satire. When good medical satire comes around, I enjoy it.

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NOW December 2018

NOW

 

Chickadee feeding

NOW is my answer to the question: “What are you doing these days?” I hope it helps me stay focused on doing more and dreaming less.  My goal is a NOW post at least once a month.

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I'm back!

It's been a busy and distracting 10 months. My lack of posts here reflects that. The dust has (mostly) settled and I plan to resume posting here, at least twice a month. I hope you will follow along.

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NOW December 2018

NOW

 

Chickadee feeding

NOW is my answer to the question: “What are you doing these days?” I hope it helps me stay focused on doing more and dreaming less.  My goal is a NOW post at least once a month.

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Remembering Winter

Hard to believe!  I find it easier to dress for comfort and activity in cold than comfort with an active lifestyle in heat.

 

Remembering Winter

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Interdependence Day

Interdependence Day

 

We are all in the same lifeboat. We should act that way.

 

 

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Snowflakes

Winter is drawing to a close and it will be months before we have to deal with snowflakes. So, this is a site worth studying during the off-season.

 


 

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Learning to be a doctor

In college you learn to be a college student. In medical school, you learn to be a medical student. In residency, you learn to be a resident. 

In practice, if you let them, patients will teach you to be a doctor.


 

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