Pathology Chair

Finding Our New Normal in 2021

It is a new year, and I'm tired of all-COVID all the time. My new year's resolution is to be normal again in 2021-even if this means finding a new normal.

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Pandemic Lessons from Charles Dickens

I think that Charles Dickens got it right. As the pandemic has unfolded, I’ve been drawn to remembrances of my high school reading list which included Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities.

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Going Outside the Comfort Zone

I never thought that in my almost-senior years I’d become a fisherwoman. I’m not outdoorsy, I don’t have many hobbies, and I’m actually rather boring.

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Unprecedented, Unpredictable and Preparing Once Again

I thought things would be different by now. I expected the heat of the summer would make the virus go back to wherever it came from, and we’d take our masks off, hug again, and have parties.

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What Does the Department Chair Do?

Sometimes I get asked what do I do as a department chair (on my more frustrating days, I even ask myself this same question).

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Generation COVID?

Every year, I look forward to medical school graduation — but this year, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, I wasn’t so sure. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around a “virtual” graduation.

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I'm Sick of My Sweatpants – and Other Reasons I'm Looking Forward to “Restore”

There used to be a sense of luxury associated with working from home – to avoid distraction and interruption, I’d enjoy the occasional escape from the busy surroundings...

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The Laboratory as a Leader During a Time of Crisis

In many ways the lab is an unlikely leader — behind the scenes and humble, filled with smart folks who lean more toward the introvert side, shun the spotlight, and who work hard to provide clinical tests for others.

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Pandemics, Preparedness, and Us

During the last few days of February, it was very strange to turn on the TV in the morning and see our medical center on the national news and for this coverage to continue over several days.

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Getting Respect

My blog is posted a bit late this month -- I’ve been thinking a lot about respect and a few disrespectful events that recently came to my attention.

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Higher, Faster, Stronger in 2020

We are starting the new year on a really bright note. At the very end of 2019, we received some lovely recognitions -- one big award, and several other small but powerful personal notes of thanks.

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Sometimes We All Feel Like An Imposter

This is the time of year for new newcomers and new beginnings – between July and September, we welcome new medical students, house staff, faculty, and lots of clinical lab scientists.

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Is It Really the Start of Year 10??

Do you remember 2010? I can tell you exactly what I was doing – I was just appointed the chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine right here at UC Davis Health.

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Looking for a Good Vacation Read? It's the Pathology Summer Book List!

Summer is back and so is the department’s summer book list! I first shared recommended reads from department members in 2016 – after all, everyone is looking for a good book to take on vacation at this time of year.

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Feeling a Little Crabby?

I think that spring can be a kind of cranky, crabby time of year. That may seem strange since the weather gets warmer, the days are brighter and longer, and flowers and trees are in bloom.

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Sexual Harassment — Let's Melt the Iceberg

I have always felt fortunate to work at the University of California, an institution with high ethical standards that values fairness and equity.

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Why You Should Take a Summer Vacation

Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the incredible Chihuly Sanctuary at the Buffett Cancer Center during a visit to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Making Artificial Intelligence Real in Pathology and Lab Medicine

It seems like artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. Have you tried the Google Arts and Culture app? Take a selfie, and the app will use image matching AI to match your face to famous works of art.

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Things to Look Forward to in 2018

The new year is always an opportunity for starting fresh and celebrating a new beginning.

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The Gift of Conflict

This is the time of year for gratitude, and each year, I am always very grateful for our lab team and team spirit. Our collaborative inter-professional approach to our work is, in my opinion, what mak

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We Have Stars Among Us!

It's award season! No, not the kind of awards that come with red carpets, tuxes or glamorous evening gowns – instead, it's the season for the annual UC Davis School of Med

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Our New Collaborative for Diagnostic Innovation – How We Are Reducing Err and Improving Care

Our New Collaborative for Diagnostic Innovation – How We Are Reducing Err and Improving Care Among the many reasons that I love being in pathology and laboratory medicine is the fac

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The Many Facets of Career Flexibility in Academic Medicine: What Does It Mean to You?

Dr. Howell is this month’s guest blogger for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ AM Rounds — she is excited to share her recent post as this month’s Path

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Building the Pipeline and Plugging the Leaks: How We Grow and Support Talent in Science and Health Professions

Summer is a relaxing time for many, but in our department, we are active and energized, thanks to our Edmondson Summer Research Internship program.1 This year's program is in full s

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Temperatures and Teamwork: How the Heat Brought Out the Best in Us

If you were a global-warming skeptic, maybe our June heatwave convinced you that there is really something to this warming thing. As you likely remember, we had eight straight days of tri

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What Are We Sharing in Shared Governance?

The search will soon begin for a new Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine here at UC Davis Health. As we search for a leader, many are asking more

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Is this the Age of Unreasonableness in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine?

I don't know about you, but it seems like many of my work-related e-mails and other requests frequently have a ring of unreasonableness. Can turnaround time be faster? Can we do mo

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What Does It Mean to Be a Laboratory Professional and Wear the White Coat?

Spring is a special season – it is a time of transition and renewal, very fitting for the season of graduations and new beginnings. Last month, I attended the graduation ceremony f

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Life is a Beach — Or the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

This lovely beach scene hangs directly across from my desk and is in my line of sight during most of my working day. Unlike the inexpensive reproduction of “Supine Woman” whic

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Performance Reviews and Career-Planning: Stressful, Exhausting, or Inspiring and Transforming?

I have some new artwork in my office – this painting has captured my imagination for quite some time and for many reasons, so I finally decided to add it to my office. The title is

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