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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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Happy New Year! Happy Anniversary!

Happy 2017! Did you know that this is a special anniversary year for us? Our first department chair, Robert Stowell, MD, PhD, was appointed in 1967, so 2017 marks our 50th year as an a

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