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Friday, November 16, 2007 - 8:19am

It starts at 5 a.m., waiting for the thunk, thunk, thunk outside the door -- the Fresno Bee, Wall Street Journal and New York Times. It ends about 17 hours later with a final check of emails on my Treo.


In between, a lot of what happens falls under the label of "public affairs." It's what I do. Here is snapshot of what any given day might bring.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 3:54pm

Chuck Noll, Head Coach of the Pittsburg Steelers for 23 seasons, was attributed with developing from a 1-13 season in his first campaign, to the highest level ever attained by a National Football League and led his team to four Super Bowl victories. He said "you can't make a great play unless you do it first in practice".


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 1:31pm

The story begins like so much nonsense. "Just in time for the holidays, you'll be able to buy Dad a gift card that pays for his semiannual trip to the urologist."


That's how a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter described a new health care gift card pushed by Highmark Inc., an insurer. You pay $4.95 for the card and can plop as much as $5,000 on it for doctor visits and prescriptions -- and give to family and friends who are not inclined to pay for needed care.


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Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 12:25pm

The prevailing "culture" of academic medicine -- where docs are educated -- is "individualistic, autonomous, scholarly, expert-centered, competitive, focused, high-achieving and hierarchical."


What the culture needs to be is "collaborative, transparent, outcomes-focused, mutually accountable, team-based, service-oriented and patient-centered."


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Monday, November 5, 2007 - 12:45pm

Medical schools evidently don't put enough stress on rules of the Geneva Conventions.


A survey of 1,700 students in eight medical schools included the following "yes" or "no" questions, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. Would you: threaten to inject a detainee with psychotropic drugs, without intending to actually do so? Inject a harmless saline solution into a detainee while saying it was lethal? Kill a detainee with an injection? Six percent said they would do all three; more than 25% said they'd do the first two.