Dr. Phuoc Le, Co-founder and Co-Director of the Global Health Core at UCSF, was recently featured in the April issue of Today's Hospitalist, a monthly magazine that reports the latest news in practice management, quality improvement, and clinical updates in the field of Hospital Medicine.
“Will you charge me?” he asked quietly, between labored breaths. He sat in the hospital bed with his legs over the side in what is known as a “tripod” position—his elbows resting on a nearby stool to prop his chest up as much as possible. His head was hunched over, with eyes pointed down; clearly he was in agony. (more…)
There are words in many languages that have no good English equivalent. During my work in Haiti, I’ve noticed my Haitian colleagues on occasion exhaling a phrase – “tet chaje” – which literally means “head charged.” More accurately, it describes a sense of being overwhelmed or conveying disbelief or frustration. Based on my limited experiences in the field, I can only begin to imagine the burnout that local providers face in resource-limited settings. (more…)