Heartfelt with Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley

 
 

Heartfelt with Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley

  • USPSTF Statement on Aspirin: Poor Messaging at Best Could the messaging around the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's draft aspirin recommendations put some patients who likely benefit at risk?
  • Physicians Need to Unionize Now Complaining about the loss of physician autonomy isn't going to change anything. We need to unionize, argues this doctor.
  • Losing Both Parents During COVID: A Physician's 'Unwitnessed Grief' Melissa Walton-Shirley quit full-time practice to help care for her elderly parents. That they would both die during a pandemic when close comfort and mourning rituals were not allowed magnified her loss.
  • Fired for Good Judgment a Sign of Physicians' Lost Respect The firing of a physician who made use of soon-to-expire COVID vaccine doses rather than flush them epitomizes the loss of physician autonomy and respect, warns Melissa Walton-Shirley.
  • AHA 2020 The Duty to Inform: Be Galileo on COVID-19 Melissa Walton-Shirley sees parallels between the 16th-century mathematician and the work of modern-day healthcare workers to rebut COVID denialism.
  • An Avatar Is Not a Human: Virtual Meetings Have Their Limitations Having virtually attended three cardiology conferences, Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD, found the science on par with their live equivalents, but even an avatar is no substitute for human interaction.
  • Does Less Medical Care Mean Better Care? A fellow cardiologist comes to the defense of New York Times contributor Sandeep Jauhar, who was castigated on social media for suggesting that most people were fine with fewer doctor visits.
  • Traveling in the Shadow of a Pandemic Despite a feeling that this could be bad, Melissa Walton-Shirley took a long-planned trip to Israel, hoping to be stay ahead of the coronavirus spread -- a decision she now realizes was an unnecessary gamble.
  • Smalltown Practice: Even a Bathroom Stall Is No Escape Melissa Walton-Shirley recalls the joys and stresses of 24 years in smalltown private practice, where even an encounter in a public bathroom can turn into an office visit.
  • Cardiologist by Day, Rock Singer at Night: Music Is My Polypill A dying request from a cantankerous patient reignites Melissa Walton-Shirley’s love of singing after a 15-year hiatus.
  • ESC 2019 Millennial Mentoring: Is it Time to Soften Our Rough Edges? Melissa Walton-Shirley attended a talk on workplace challenges from a millennial physician, which made her rethink her assessment of a former intern as 'smart but lazy.'
  • ESC 2019 Terrorism and Mass Casualty: All Specialties Should Prepare When did you last tie a tourniquet? Melissa Walton-Shirley learns that in the event of a mass casualty attack, anyone may be called upon to be a first responder.
  • ESC 2019 Cardiologists Should Prescribe SGLT2 Inhibitors Is it fair to expect cardiologists to now prescribe the new diabetes drugs? Presentations at the European Society of Cardiology Congress prove persuasive to Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD.
  • Rediscovering the Joy of Practice via a Rocky Mountain Reboot A burned-out physician who quit fulltime practice because of family responsibilities finds that locum tenens work in the Northwest was just the medicine she needed.
  • Are Exorbitant Corporate Salaries in Healthcare Unethical? Overworked clinicians struggle to provide quality care in a cash-strapped US healthcare system as CEOs and insurance companies rake in the cash. Melissa Walton-Shirley calls for a revolt.
  • No One Here Gets Out Alive: DNR Code Status Do healthcare professionals take enough time to communicate with patients about their do-not-resuscitate (DNR) wishes? Some recent experiences have raised concerns for Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD.
  • Philip Morris v Uruguay: A Story That Deserves Retelling A tiny nation takes on big tobacco. Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD, sees lessons for the US in this tale of two presidents, one an oncologist, who did not back down in pushing for libre de humo de tabaco.
  • ACC 2019 What's New and Useful in Hypertension From ACC.19 Melissa Walton-Shirley's takeaways on hypertension management, a topic close to her heart, from the latest studies and expert presentations at the 2019 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.
  • ACC 2019 Burnout: Is the Red Tide Finally Beginning to Turn? Burned out listening to burn-out talks? An intense session at ACC.19 left Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD, hopeful that some of those words would finally turn into action.
  • Beyond Go Red: The Lessons From Susan Lucci’s ACS The All My Children star experienced acute coronary syndrome last fall. After 15 years of Go Red for Women, why are we still missing heart disease in a postmenopausal septuagenarian, asks Dr Walton-Shirley.