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 triple digit temperatures which peaked on June 22 with a high of 108 degrees in Sacramento, breaking the previous record set in 1981 by [...]

By | 2017-06-29T17:11:35+00:00 July 1, 2017|0 Comments

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 questions than ever about how we are led and how others outside of administration get to participate in governance in our school, on [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:09:11+00:00 June 1, 2017|0 Comments

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 more work (clinical, research, teaching, you name it) with fewer people?  Can we give free testing and other free support for research?  Ca [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:13:37+00:00 May 4, 2017|0 Comments

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 for our clinical lab scientist (CLS) training program which also includes a welcome and white coat ceremony for our incoming CLS class.  I [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:22:38+00:00 March 27, 2017|0 Comments

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” which I wrote about in last month’s blog, this is an original oil painting and part of UC Davis Medical Center’s permanent art collection. Titled “S [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:23:45+00:00 March 1, 2017|0 Comments

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 “Supine Woman” and the artist is UC Davis professor emeritus, Wayne Thiebaud, who is very famous and often best known for his paintings o [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:24:45+00:00 February 1, 2017|0 Comments