Author Archives: Linda Pourmassina, MD

About Linda Pourmassina, MD

Internal Medicine physician.

MDs: Advice for the Next Generation

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with local medical students as part of an American College of Physicians (ACP) mentorship brunch. I sat with a small group of second year medical students ready to impart my “wisdom.” Mostly, … Continue reading

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Are doctors on television just hams?

I recently came across a blogpost entitled “Everyone is Taking to the Camera- Pass the HAM please.” In it, the writer (a published author) says: I have never seen more Doctors, Lawyers, Judges and ex-politicians on television than I have in … Continue reading

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Winners, Losers at the Golden Globes

Beautiful dresses, talented actors.… What’s not to like about last night’s Golden Globes? Well, how about this little detail from the NYTimes that surprised me:  6:27 P.M. |To Smoke or Not to Smoke at The Globes Here’s the difference between … Continue reading

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Dear TV Producers, You Forgot to Say “Don’t Try This at Home.”

Confession: I have been watching the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I don’t typically have time to watch television, but I end up attaching myself to one reality series for a season. Most often, it is a … Continue reading

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A Message Worth Repeating

I thought to myself, “I am not going to post a link to this article. It has been circulated many times already on Twitter over the past week.” But I read it. Not once. Not twice. THREE times. I shared … Continue reading

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Happy First Birthday…

…to my blog. It (I) survived a year of blogging.  A very big THANK YOU to those who have been reading my blog. Now, some cake…. share this via: (photo by Will Clayton, from flickr creative commons)

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There Are Side Effects to Attending a TED Event

This past weekend, I attended TEDxRainier 2011 , which was a very full day of inspiring, enlightening, thought-provoking, and humbling talks by speakers from various fields. I cannot speak highly enough about the experience. The interdisciplinary examination of ideas and … Continue reading

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The Power of the Story (or The Inadequacy of Stats and Data)

Here is a very common patient interaction I come across at least once every summer (truncated generic version): A patient (usually a healthy woman somewhere between 30 and 50 years old) comes in with concern of swollen ankles for a … Continue reading

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“Surely there is something absurd when a nation pays a primary care physician poorly relative to other specialists and then wrings its hands over a shortage of primary care physicians.” – Princeton University economist Uwe Reinhardt source: New York Times … Continue reading

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Vaccines and Public Health in the U.S.: We Need a (Celebrity) Hero.

“I was also fearful as a new mom but as a student of public health, I understand the evidence-based research now.” – (author to be disclosed later in this post) The above statement was made in reference to vaccines a … Continue reading

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