Author Archives: Linda Pourmassina, MD

About Linda Pourmassina, MD

Internal Medicine physician.

Difficult Interactions in Medicine: Lessons to be learned from the food service industry?

She sat in her crisp, white coat, probably not much older than I am now, leaning back with all of the assurance of someone who recently completed a cardiology fellowship, newly hired by the academic medical center to which I … Continue reading

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Paging Med Student Google

A few days ago, I came across an article entitled “Calling Dr. Google” by Jeff Jarvis. The writer describes his experience “googling” his symptoms and finding that the internet brought him the correct diagnosis. He uses his personal story of … Continue reading

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A Marriage Made in #HCSM Heaven

Priscilla Chan probably knows that she is going to be watched. What she may not know is that it won’t be the paparazzi alone who will be watching her closely. No sooner did Chan get married to the most famous … Continue reading

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Is There Pressure to be Informed?

I recently had the opportunity to speak to employees of King County, WA about finding credible health information online. During the Q&A a few interesting questions were posed (rephrased here): Does my doctor expect me to have looked up my … Continue reading

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Where Do You See Yourself in Eleven Years?

A recent Harvard Business Review article entitled “Career Plans Are Dangerous” suggests that the where-do-you-see-yourself-in-five-years question is essentially irrelevant in the modern world. “…increasingly, the world is not this predictable. And it is in settings of high uncertainty where traditional … Continue reading

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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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