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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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