Posts in the ‘Native to Medicine’ Category

Twenty-Seven Overnight Shifts: Lessons Learned from Indian Health Service Providers

Posted by • August 2nd, 2016

The morning after I arrived in New Mexico was beautiful and warm, a pleasant change from the Northeast winter. I was entering my second year of emergency ultrasound fellowship and about to teach a point-of-care ultrasound course to health care providers working for the Indian Health Service (IHS). On that first day, as my colleagues and… Read More…

Knife and Gun Club: The Rez Edition

Posted by • June 7th, 2016

In 1989, Eugene Richards published the visual chronicle of scenes from the Denver Country Hospital Emergency Department.  Anyone who has worked in an emergency department (ED) would recognize the grainy photos that put on display the gruesome injuries that people incur as a result of senseless violence. Let’s face it — in addition to unscheduled primary… Read More…

Care in Crisis

Posted by • March 31st, 2016

I initially envisioned this post as an upbeat piece of advice for graduating residents who will soon go out into the world as healers.  For me, this transition was both anxiety-provoking and rewarding, so I wanted to help residents avoid the pitfalls and enjoy the pearls.  Look for that piece next month because after the… Read More…

The Outsiders

Posted by • December 23rd, 2015

A few weeks ago we had our first Thanksgiving in our new home, complete with turkey costumes for the dogs and my wife’s best green bean casserole to date. We really feel like roots are starting to take. What was I most thankful for this holiday season? A home, a family, and the opportunity to… Read More…

Commencement

Posted by • October 6th, 2015

Over the past few weeks I experienced many firsts on the frontline in the Tuba City emergency department. Among many firsts are my first Diné words including yá’át’ééh (yah-tah-hey) which means hello in Diné Bizaad, and, in case you forgot, boozhoo (hello) in Anishinabemowin. So far simple greetings and polite courtesies are all I can… Read More…

Coming Home: Medicine from the Frontlines of Indian Country

Posted by • August 10th, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of posts by Dr. Ken Bernard on his experience with the Indian Health Service.  Boozhoo, or, “Hello.” I start in the language of my ancestors, the Anishinaabe, which means “Original People.” This summer I will be starting my career as an emergency physician and returning to… Read More…