Emergency Medicine: Dogs in the hospital help patients, staff relax

From the Dispatch:

Part of what helps me to decompress after work is going home to my family and my dog. The unconditional love from a pet makes everything better. I realized how much this affects me during a recent visit from a pet therapy dog in the emergency department.

OhioHealth has a program called Love on a Leash in which volunteers take their pets to visit patients and staff members.

Melissa, a hospital volunteer, brought her dog Lucy, a friendly yellow lab, to hang out with the hospital staff. Lucy came running up to me as soon as I put my hand out to greet her.

As I pet her and she licked my arms, I realized that my stress had vanished. I was relaxed, smiling and felt really happy. After a few minutes, I realized I had to get back to work and I watched as Lucy greeted my co-workers. I noticed that they wore the same smile and projected the same joy and sense of calm that I had.

4 out of 5 physician moms experience discrimination, survey finds

From CBS News:

It’s common for doctors who are moms to experience discrimination at work, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California San Francisco were inspired to look into how common the problem is after reading online conversations among female doctors who belong to the Physicians Moms Group, a community of almost 70,000 members, said study author Dr. Eleni Linos, an assistant professor of medicine at UCSF.