Other Writings

The Suit and Division Chief, a poem and editorial addressing the role of an informed consent process during unavoidable events such as impending delivery of a baby. Published in the journal The Female Patient in May, 2003.

An Endangered Species, an editorial on the topic of the dwindling number of male trainees in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Published in the journal The Female Patient in June, 2004.

The End of Dr. Mosesa short story published in The Examined Life Journal, the literary journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

The Case of Mr. Georgean essay published in April 2016 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the journal of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, describing an interesting case from my medical school days and its implications for contemporary health care.

Complication, an essay published in July 2016 in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, describing a surgical complication and my reactions to it.

A Clash of Values, an essay published in the Summer 2016 issue of The Pharos, journal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, dealing with patient gender preferences and cultural disparities in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology.

Quantity and Quality in Medicine: Lessons from the Humble Pap, an essay published in in September 2016 in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, addressing distinctions between quantity and quality in medical care.

Good Eggs and Bad Eggs, an essay published in November 2016 in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, dealing with how incentives influence decision-making in medicine.

Don’t Ease Resident Work Hour Restrictions, an essay published in the Health Affairs blog, February 2017. This essay opposes the relaxing of work hour restrictions allowable for residents, and also advocates for limiting the consecutive work hours of physicians in practice.

The Most Important Quality of a Physician, an essay published in April 2018 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Lessons from an Angry Patient, a Perspective published in August 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine. At this time, full text access is available only to subscribers of the Journal.

Dr. Edgar Hochstein, a chapter in the collaborative novel A Reason to be Here: Tales from the Writers Convention, an innovative joint project of the Off Campus Writers Workshop, a Chicago-area writers’ group. My chapter starts on page 23, after the introductory material.

Electronic Fetal Monitoring to Prevent Fetal Brain Injury: a Ubiquitous yet Flawed Tool, an essay published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), freely available through Mid-August 2019.

Horses and zebras: probabilities, uncertainty, and cognitive bias in clinical diagnosis, an essay published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in May 2020.

The Calculus of Caring. (Published as: The stakes are high in delivering a baby. But objectivity, not emotions, should inform care). The Chicago Tribune op-ed page, Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Sexual Misconduct in Healthcare – A Requirement for Chaperones. (Published as How do we stop sexual misconduct in health care? Chaperones are one solution). The Chicago Tribune op-ed page, October 11, 2022.