May 31, 2021

Earlier this year, my home shop began administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to patients in the emergency department (ED). Thirteen years of experience in emergency medicine has afforded me many opportunities to counsel patients on lifestyle modifications, death and dying, tPA administration, and many other complex medical issues. However, I’ve never experienced a more polarizing topic than the COVID-19 vaccination. My initial attempts were met with a few quick wins. While in fast-track, a middle-aged Hispanic man presented with an injury to his left knee. I suspected a patellar tendon rupture, and while we waited for the orthopedist to evaluate his knee, I offered him the COVID-19 vaccine. He smiled acceptingly and slapped his left shoulder with his right hand, signaling the location he wished to receive his vaccine and said: “Yeah! I’ll take it.” “I want it too!” His wife exclaimed. Though not yet a patient, she sat patiently at her husband’s bedside, awaiting the orthopedists. She was quickly registered and vaccinated. 

March 15, 2021

Shooting azimuths is a critical skill required for accurate land navigation in foreign territory. The steps involved are simple:
  • Ascend to the tallest nearby point with a compass in hand.
  • Select a landmark in the distance.
  • Recalibrate your route toward that landmark.
An azimuth in life could be a goal or project. "Shooting Azimuths" allows us to recalibrate the route towards our goals. But, how do we shoot an azimuth in life?

February 4, 2021

What do Warren Buffet, Tim Cook, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Jack Dorsey have in common? They are all highly successful people with a penchant for rising early. Two additional people I find incredibly motivating, Jocko Willink and Eric Thomas, are also early risers. Jocko infamously posts inspirational photos of his wristwatch to social media at 3:30 AM.

January 25, 2021

res·o·lute /ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞ot/ adjective: resolute
  1. admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

How do you find the time? How do you find the time to write that post? Or run the blog? Or prepare a lecture? How do you manage your professional and personal life? I try to squeeze as much as I can out of what little time I have. What works for me will not work for some, and what works for some will not work for me. The past is gone, so say goodbye to 2020. Use these tools to attack 2021 and be resolute.

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