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Dr. Secan’s Insights

Thoughts from a Practicing Hospitalist & medaptus’ Chief Medical Officer.

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No Mask, No Service… No Problem

There are many people out there who still maintain that COVID-19 is a hoax and refuse to wear masks.  Despite the rising death tolls, and the mountains of evidence that this is a very real problem (including overloaded hospitals, full ICUs, people with non-COVID related medical problems have delayed care with significant consequences, and surviving patients with long term disability),…
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January 27, 2021
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Vaccine side effect: feelings of joy return

For those of you who haven’t yet found GomerBlog, today is your lucky day.  It’s like The Onion, but for medical topics.  The other day I saw a piece there that completely captured a moment I recently experienced. As my wife likes to say, I now have a superpower.  I’ve received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine! Dose #1: Dose…
Ryan Secan
January 13, 2021
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Race for a Vaccine

It’s hard to categorize what I’m feeling right now regrading COVID-19.  But at root, I think it’s a race, and I’m not sure how it’s going to play out (especially since I’ve stopped predicting things). On the one hand, we see spiking cases and deaths. At the original peak (in July) we were seeing ~70,000 new cases/day.  Now, that number…
Ryan Secan
November 18, 2020
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Unsafe Workloads in Hospital Medicine

So, if you’re listening to my new podcast (insert shameless plug for The Boston Health Podcast here), you’ll know that one of my favorite podcasts is Armchair Expert.  On this show, Dax Shepard and Monica Padman interview celebrities and experts in various fields.  It’s a fun show to listen to, and one the things they talk about all of the…
Ryan Secan
October 27, 2020
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Hospitalist Perspectives: Taking action on doctor burnout

For many healthcare professionals that spent time on the COVID frontlines early on, any pre-existing feelings of professional burnout were grossly exacerbated by lack of control, overwhelming uncertainty, isolation, and the loss of life.   When it comes to how to address burnout, I have to say, everyone who sits at the table talks a good game – especially in…
Ryan Secan
October 21, 2020
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Hospitalist Perspectives: Logic as Bias

As I shared before, I really have gotten out of the business of predicting things.  Well, I thought I had.  But now I find myself being surprised by some things, which means I must have had some internal predictions that I wasn’t aware of. I find myself surprised that all of the major sports have been playing, and we haven’t…
Ryan Secan
September 23, 2020
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Small sinks – what’s with that?

I guess it’s time to talk about product design again.  Please, when you make a new product (or a new version of an old product), please keep your users in mind.  Think about and understand how they’re supposed to use your product, and make sure it meets their needs.  As an example, (and I realize that this may not be…
Ryan Secan
August 27, 2020
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