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

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 academic department at UC Davis School of Medicine.   You can learn more about the evolution of our department in the historic timelin [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:26:00+00:00 January 3, 2017|1 Comment

A New Year, A New President, A New Future: What Does This Means for Academic Pathology, Lab Medicine, and Healthcare?

The new year will soon be here.  It’s always exciting to be able to wipe the slate clean and have a new beginning, and in 2017 this will include the inauguration of a new president.  I’m guessing that you are as tired as I am of the post-election commentary, be it mourning or celebrating the outcome.  Nonetheless, a n [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:34:03+00:00 December 1, 2016|0 Comments