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Leana Wen

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Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellow at Harvard. Inspired by her own childhood illness and then her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding patients to advocate for better care. A Rhodes Scholar, she graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford and Washington University School of Medicine. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, China Medical Board, and the National Institutes of Health, and is currently the National President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine/Resident & Student Association.

The 2007 winner of The New York Times journalism contest,
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This week, I wrote about why I'm leaving the ER (for now) for public health: 

Why I Left the ER to Run Baltimore's Health Department

I also lay out my goals and vision in the Baltimore Sun:

Geography Should Not Be Destiny
I will be on this Blog infrequently from now on. Please follow us on our website and new blog, B'Healthy in B'More! And on Twitter @BMore_Healthy. Read more of this blog post »
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In my graduate work as a history student at Oxford, I read many biographies of world leaders. This one stands out as the definitive biography of not only a great leader, Nelson Mandela, but also as the standard to which other biographers aspire.

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“It used to be that people went to their doctor to find out what was wrong. That was the expectation when someone made an appointment with their local family doctor: they wanted to know what they had and how they could feel better. Ear infection: what should I take? Pulled muscle: what should I do? Broken ankle: how can you fix it? Over the years, something happened to this common sense approach. “Algorithms” and “pathways” have proliferated in ways that have reduced each person’s unique story to simplistic recipes. More often than not, this cookbook approach ends up telling patients what they don’t have—which, while potentially reassuring, does not result in a real diagnosis.1”
Leana Wen, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

“Doctors end up adopting the role of automaton, following recipes and doing as directed, but no longer empowered to listen, to think, to diagnose, and to heal. Patients end up believing that their role is to help speed the checkbox ticking as quietly and as obediently as possible. Worse still, they begin to internalize that this is the best and only way to receive medical care.”
Leana Wen, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

“There was one part of my job, though, that was unsettling. As I proceeded in my training, I began to see that many patients I encountered were being steered onto set diagnostic pathways. Our teachers did it, expounding on “algorithms,” which were basically recipes that lumped patients into groups with similar symptoms. Our peers did it, noting how much faster it was to see patients not as Mrs. Smith, the chatty mother of four, or Father Cogliano, the Italian priest, but as their “chief complaints” of headache and abdominal pain.”
Leana Wen, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests




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