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Diagnosing Biases with COVID-19

By: Heather Owen, MD, FACEP, Chief Clinical Officer, Emergency Medicine “Hey, remember that patient you saw yesterday…..” There is nothing worse, right? We have all heard it, and our response to it is likely the same. You hold your breath, your stomach drops and you wait for the rest of the sentence. In honor of...

Recognizing Suicide Prevention Month

By Heather Owen, MD, TeamHealth Chief Clinical Officer, Emergency Medicine, and Co-chair of the TeamHealth Clinician Resiliency Work Group Last week, I opened one of my medical newsletters to find an article remembering physicians we have lost to suicide. It was a sobering reminder of what we already know – there is a high rate...

United States Emergency Departments: Safe, Staffed and Ready to Help

By Heather Owen, MD, TeamHealth Chief Clinical Officer of Emergency Medicine Emergency departments across the United States have experienced unprecedented challenges in navigating COVID-19. In the midst of this global pandemic, hospital emergency physicians and leaders have taken unprecedented steps to ensure that local emergency departments are safe, staffed, and ready to treat sudden or...

Burnout: My Struggle & the 4 Questions that Help Me Stay on Track

By Heather S. Owen, MD, FACEP, TeamHealth Chief Safety & Quality Officer, EMC of TeamHealth Past President, Texas College of Emergency Medicine Hello, September—it’s that time again! While many may immediately think of “back to school,” I’m actually referring to National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which is recognized during the month of September. Many of...