Flu Vaccine Efficacy

Let me preface this information with two important facts: What I’m about to show you has a serious sample size issue. What I’m about to show you has a serious data structure issue But it’s still interesting.  A friend of PCC (you know who you are) asked me whether or not we can judge the …

Recorded Before a Live Audience

As though I haven’t spent enough time away from home so far this year, I will be on the road giving what I think are some particularly fun and educational talks.  If you are nearby, you have no excuse to not let me know.  Sign up for the event or let me know if you …

More About The Stimulus Package and Pediatrics

I don’t like to think about the blog on weekends – hey, we’re busy preparing for Nowruz! – but I saw this post from Dr. Russell Libby and had to share it.  I wish I had thought to do a similar calculation, but the credit goes to him: No question about the “new” math.  If …

Stimulus Package and Pediatricians

I’ve had a lot of surprisingly hopeful emails hit me referring to all the “free money” docs expect to get as a result of the Obama stimulus package.  Put your cynical hats on, folks, because if you think that the HIT-driven stimulus money as it’s designed right now is going to benefit you or your …

I’m Back!

Ghana was…hard to describe.  Did I “enjoy” my trip?  Not really.  Did I have a “good time?”  That’s not what I’d call it.  Would I do it again?  Definitely (with a caveat of needing family support).  It was an overwhelming, rewarding experience that I was priveleged to contribute to, in my meager way. I hope …

Pediatric Visit Rates, Regional Post-Recession

As promised, before I go to Africa, please find some pediatric data gold. Below is a graph of the visit rate changes our clients reported comparing December 2007 to December 2008 (I’ll do 1Q when I get back) broken down by region and by weekdays in the month. The latter adjustment is important, because any …

I’m Going To Africa

Last fall, Dr. Stoller called me.  “Do you know anyone who can do general repair like light carpentry or electrical work, is pretty technical, likes to take pictures, and can write about the kids we perform surgeries on in Ghana?”  Hmmm, let me think. Sure, it was a setup, but I am appreciative and quite …