Pandemic Lessons from Charles Dickens

I think that Dickens got it right.  As the pandemic has unfolded over the course of many months, I’ve continually been drawn to remembrances of my high school reading list which included Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities (which frankly I didn’t like much at that time, but appreciate more right now).  As Dickens aptly descri [...]

By | 2020-11-06T22:20:47+00:00 November 6, 2020|0 Comments

Going Outside the Comfort Zone

I never thought that in my almost-senior years I’d become a fisherwoman (?fisherperson).    I’m not outdoorsy, I don’t have many hobbies, and I’m actually rather boring — working and taking care of my family have always been plenty time-consuming.  What I really like to do is curl up on the sofa with a good book, if I [...]

By | 2020-10-05T17:53:44+00:00 October 5, 2020|0 Comments

Unprecedented, Unpredictable and Preparing Once Again

Ok – I’ll admit it -- I thought things would be different by now.  I expected (?fantasized) that the heat of the summer would make the virus go back to wherever it came from, and we’d take our masks off, shake hands, hug again, have parties and weddings, and go to the beach.  Clearly, I was delusional and under-estima [...]

By | 2020-08-20T22:07:41+00:00 August 20, 2020|0 Comments

What Does the Department Chair Do?

“The CEO is the link between the Inside that is ‘the organization,’ and the Outside of society, economy, technology, markets, and customers.” Peter Drucker, creator of modern management The American CEO, Wall Street Journal, 2004   Sometimes I get asked just what do I do as a department chair (on my more frustrat [...]

By | 2020-07-15T16:30:15+00:00 July 15, 2020|0 Comments

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.  There would be no grand procession of faculty and grads in their academic regalia led by the bagpipe and drum corps which always bri [...]

By | 2020-06-10T18:28:57+00:00 June 10, 2020|0 Comments