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Doogie Howser and Blogging

I’ve been “blogging” awhile. Not in any regularity as you can see in my archive. While waiting at the airport for our morning flight from Cebu back to Manila with Gia after the heady #hcsmph summit, I told her I wanted to try a blogging challenge. I will blog EVERYDAY … starting Monday. So, I got sick that Monday and had to postpone. The universe was trying to tell me something. Continue reading

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What makes a five-star physician?

Throughout medical school I was told to strive towards becoming a five-star physician: clinician, educator, manager, researcher and social mobilizer. And so this is what I measure myself against when I turn introspective now on New Year’s eve. What have I accomplished as a clinician, educator, manager, researcher and social mobilizer in 2014? How can I become a better five-star physician in 2015? Continue reading

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#HealthXPH: The Doctor Will Track You Now

As an internist and endocrinologist, I often advise my patients at the clinic to lead more active lifestyles. And every time I ask a patient if she exercises, the most common answer is, “I walk.” I often get asked how long should I walk? How brisk is brisk? Do I really need to do ten thousand steps? I realized I didn’t actually “know” what ten thousand steps meant. I once wore a pedometer and walked around the UP academic oval to find out.  Ten thousand steps meant circling the oval FOUR times! Continue reading

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#HealthXPh: There’s an app for that!

In 2010, the American Dialect Society chose “app” as Word of the Year. This is perhaps a testament to the ubiquity of mobile phones and the apps that make it useful. App is of course, short for “application” though I think no one called it that until the iPhone 3G ad in 2009. I certainly didn’t when I first started using a mobile device (then called a PDA or personal digital assistant) as a medical resident in 1997, the Palm Pilot Pro. Continue reading