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‘An Unreasonable Amount of Work That’s Expected to Be Done’: What We Heard This Week

“There’s kind of an unreasonable amount of work that’s expected to be done.” — Justin Porter, MD, of the University of Chicago, on his simulation study that found primary care doctors would need nearly 27 hours a day to do all the work they’re expected to do.

“They think about lack of sexual activity on a daily basis.” — Narjust Florez (Duma), MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, on a survey finding 77% of women with lung cancer self-reported moderate to severe sexual dysfunction.

“It takes us about 2 to 3 minutes to even get to the bathroom.” — Dae Mark, a customer service call center employee for Medicare and Affordable Care Act health plans, on poor working conditions, including 6-minute limits on bathroom breaks, that prompted workers to strike.

“I remember sitting in that hospital bed, not knowing what my future would look like.” — Claudia Martinez, MD, a third-year resident at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, on her path to becoming a physician following her Chiari malformation diagnosis.

“BCG vaccination was first invented over 100 years ago.” — Leonardo Martinez, PhD, MPH, of Boston University, on the fading protection against tuberculosis into early childhood after bacille Calmette-GuĂ©rin vaccination at birth.

“Look, we’ve all had the experience in the hospital of seeing patients harmed by care that we’re providing.” — Harlan Krumholz, MD, of Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, on how we can be doing more to improve patient safety.

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