PREPARED PATIENT BLOG

Patients and experts explore what it takes to find good health care and make the most of it.

John Henning Schumann, M.D., is a general internist and medical educator at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He works as a primary care doctor for adults in Greater Tulsa, and he trains residents and medical students. He is Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He has previously served in medical center administration working to improve patients’ experiences at hospitals in Boston and Chicago. He blogs on Glass Hospital and you can follow him on Twitter at @GlassHospital.


From Wonder Drug to Medical Reversal

John Schumann | August 19, 2014
One thing seems to be sure in medicine: if we just wait long enough for excellent science to guide us ahead, things we trust as ironclad rules often change. Case in point...

Pills. Lotsa, Lotsa Pills.

John Schumann | January 31, 2014
Ever get confused over the names of medicines? I do. There's Zantac. And Xanax. Zanaflex; Zaleplon. Every drug has (at least) two names – this is a recipe for disaster...

Bearing Witness

John Schumann | August 12, 2013
I was naive when I decided to enter medicine. My impressions then were that doctors always “did” stuff—for patients, and to patients. We would do stuff to you (examinations, blood tests, scans, surgeries) in order to help you.

Costs of Care...and Coercion?

John Schumann | February 28, 2012
Nora, a third year medical student, came to me in moral distress. Ms. DiFazio, one of the hospitalized patients on her Internal Medicine rotation, was frightened to undergo an invasive (and expensive) medical procedure: cardiac catheterization.