The Break Room

A look at the social side of medicine.

  • Hank’s SMILE Monday, May 23rd, 2016 | June 2016, Volume 2, Issue 6 | Jose A. Bufill, MD

    A look at the social side of medicine. In this edition, Jose A. Bufill, MD, shares the story of a patient who was helped by coincidence, serendipity, and hematologists around the world making an effort to talk to each other. Stuffy nose. Everybody gets a stuffy nose once in a while. When the stuff didn’t […]

  • How Do We Solve a “Problem” Like Millennials? Sunday, November 29th, 2015 | December 2015, Volume 1, Issue 12 | Patrick Stiff, MD

    I recently moved and, while I was packing, unearthed one of my daughter’s old trophies with the inscription: “Summer Bowling League Participant.” Yes, we live in the age of the millennials: a generation of entitled, coddled, endlessly supported children whose need for that praise and approval continues into adulthood. Or at least, that’s what we’re told. […]

  • Academia or Industry: Choose Your Own Adventure Thursday, October 29th, 2015 | November 2015, Volume 1, Issue 11 | John Chapin, MD

    Every year, at events that cause me to reflect on where I’ve been, and what I have left to accomplish, like the ASH annual meeting, I’ve noticed a phenomenon similar to what transpires in macabre murder mysteries: several promising colleagues drop out of sight, vanishing from academic ranks without a trace, as I try to […]

  • The Work-Life Spectrum Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 | September 2015, Volume 1, Issue 9 | Matt E. Kalaycio, MD

    I wish we had a better term for the relationship between work and life, because, in my understanding, “work-life balance” suggests that in order to have one, you must sacrifice the other. I don’t believe in such a dichotomy of work and life; they are intertwined and inseparable. Work is life, and life is work. […]

  • Crossing the Generational Divide Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 | July 2015, Volume 1, Issue 7 | Michael K. Keng, MD

    “Millennials” or “Generation Y,” those of us born in the early 1980s who came of age around the turn of the century, don’t have a great reputation: We’re arrogant, lazy, and have little respect for those who came before us. Can we all really be that bad? Or is it another case of the older […]

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