Recognizing and preventing the politicization of American health care

On 17 November 2017, Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., the senior vice president of health sciences at the State University at Stony Brook (N.Y.) and the dean of the School of Medicine, sent out the following "all hands" e-mail: Yesterday graffiti was discovered on level two of the Health Sciences Center. Written, written over and written over again were vulgarities directed at our president, president elect and his presidential challenger. It saddens and disappoints me to see this. During this highly charged election and transition period, much has been said and shouted in the political arena. But for those of us in the Health Sciences and for those in training there is an overwhelming truth: we do not choose our patients, we take care of whoever comes to us, and we treat them and our colleagues with respect and professionalism. We do not talk at our patients, we talk with our patients. Some day you may find yourself with the responsibility of caring for someone with whom you...(Read Full Post)