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The Doctor is in

I'm a physician and writer in St. Paul, Minnesota. I'm board certified in internal medicine, which may be the most confusing specialty name out there (besides neonatal psychiatry and invertebrate orthopedics). Internal medicine has nothing to do with surgery; we're often called "internists," but that's easily confused with the term 'intern,' which is what one would call a physician who is in his or her first year of residency training. A better term for what I do is "Adult Medicine," or "Doctor For Adults." Like family medicine or pediatrics, internists are primary care physicians, but we don't see children or pregnant women (You're WHAT?!). Instead we tend to see older, or sicker, or more complicated patients, and because of that training, a number of internists work exclusively with hospitalized patients. That's what I do. That's what I am: a hospitalist. That's why it's rarely a good thing when I run into someone I know at work. Unless they just had a baby; and then I steer clear.


You'll notice the letters "F.A.C.P." behind my name. This indicates that I am a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, a national organization of internists. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States, and it does good work.


What's In My Black Bag?

Reading most health care material is like having a colonoscopy. Sure it gives you plenty of important information, but that doesn't make it any easier to sit through. I believe complex medical issues can be understood by the public without being Sesame Street simple or droning on and on like a Yanni anthology. I think humor and health do mix, and that taking death and disease seriously is different from taking yourself seriously.


This site includes links to everything I've written that's available online, and there's even a few PDFs for pieces that aren't. There's a wide variety of topics and tones. Have fun. Get serious. I hope you learn something.


All of the facts are straight. Some of the humor is twisted.


Thank you for reading.

Craig Bowron MD, FACP