‘Band-Aid on a Gaping Wound’: What We Heard This Week

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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“Those are like a Band-Aid on a gaping wound.” — L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, director of the Office for Total Worker Health at NIOSH, discussing resiliency training and assistance programs for healthcare workers.

“Since then, we’re the Saturn rocket going through the stratosphere.” — James Howard Jr., MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discussing new treatment options for generalized myasthenia gravis.

“This would be an example of how you push the boundary of our understanding of anatomy and what can be surgically done.” — Bohdan Pomahac, MD, head of plastic surgery at Yale School of Medicine, on the first combined whole-eye and partial face transplant.

“Too many people are dying because we’re not preventing these murders.” — Steven Marcus, MD, medical toxicologist and former director of New Jersey’s poison control center, on healthcare workers ignoring patient harm.

“It’s got legs.” — Katharine Van Tassel, JD, MPH, of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, commenting about a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program.

“This was a surprising, yet frightening experience!” — Giuseppe Giannaccare, MD, PhD, of the University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro and the University of Cagliari in Italy, on his team’s finding that the latest version of ChatGPT was able to create an entirely fake dataset with skewed results.

“It’s unbelievable we are having this discussion in 2023.” — Brian Miller, MD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, on requiring Medicare Advantage plans to maintain up-to-date directories of providers.

“Patients have been ‘othered’ — for better or worse — for a long time.” — Gunnar Esiason, MPH, MBA, head of patient engagement at the venture capital firm RA Ventures, on how communicating with patients about antibiotic overuse may help reduce the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

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