Cerrone Cohen, M.D. Cerrone Cohen, M.D.

The growing number of children in foster homes is a national, state-wide and local problem. At nearly 11,000 kids, the foster care population in North Carolina alone is greater than the total number of residents in Camden, Jones, Graham, Hyde, or Tyrrell counties. This is just a fraction of the 442,000 children and young adults in the foster care system nationwide.

Locally, there are about 300 children in foster care in Durham but only about 100 licensed foster homes in the entire county. Often overlooked, children in foster care sit in classrooms alongside our own children while simultaneously sitting in the uncertainty of not having a permanent home. While there are always serious circumstances that precede a child being placed into foster care, don’t assume you know their stories.

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Matthew Geisz, M.D. Matthew Geisz, M.D.

Health Insurance: A Brief History

It’s complicated.

Health insurance in the United States is complicated. Consider your own health insurance plan: Is it employer-based, government program, or self-insured? Is your plan an HMO, PPO, or managed care plan? Do you have a high premium and low deductible or a low premium and high deductible? Do you have an HSA? Phew… It is enough acronyms and clumsily named programs to give me a headache.

Why does it matter?

As the 2020 U.S. presidential election draws near, health insurance stands to be at the center of the debate yet again. While a divisive topic, most can agree that our patchwork system is seeing ever-rising health insurance costs with relatively poor health outcomes. Not to mention the uninsured or underinsured populations. America’s health insurance system is now a stitch work of programs — both public and private — born out of necessity rather than design.

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Sarah Russell Sarah Russell, PharmD

As a second-year resident and a pharmacist preparing to enter the work force, I am constantly trying to find resources to make sure I stay up-to-date on patient-care and pharmacotherapy. The best (and for some, worst) part about medicine is that it is always changing; there are always new innovative therapies coming out for our patients in order to optimize their care.

In health care, it is vital to stay involved and active in the profession and recognize and utilize all resources available to you. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite resources here:

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Jessica Lapinski Jessica Lapinski, DO

As family medicine residents, we have the unique opportunity to rotate and work with a wide array of specialists. This is akin to the clinical rotations that medical students go through, though the experience is a bit different given you take more onus for patient care. Additionally, there is less drive to impress people and get a “good grade,” so you see things through a slightly different lens.

For the majority of my rotations, I have enjoyed working with my specialty colleagues and have learned a lot — a tidbit here and there that will allow me to practice full scope, evidence-based family medicine. However, there is one trend that I have noticed and continue to run into: the “talking down” about other specialties.

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Mansi Shah Mansi Shah, MD

It took interviewing in three specialties for me to realize that family medicine was the place for me. I think that ultimately, I would have found purpose and fulfillment in many specialties. However, I am thrilled that I found a home in family medicine. There is a unique joy that comes from caring for people from birth until death and from building relationships with families over time. I feel very fortunate to have been able to pursue my passion for reproductive health by training in abortion care as a resident and, next year, by completing a family medicine obstetrics fellowship.

In the spirit of celebrating family medicine and my journey through medical training, I’d like to share my personal statement from when I applied for residency.

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