Who’s in charge of healthcare? Patients should be at the head of the table.


And why this is different from ”empathy.”

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Patient Engagement is recognized to be important more than ever by healthcare organizations everywhere. While this may be a no-brainer to patients, it has not had the recognition it has deserved until recently. Why is that?

Patients have maxed out on their patience in waiting for the healthcare to value quality and safety, from filing for bankruptcy due to medical bills and getting hurt and lost in a complex healthcare system. Due to the high cost of healthcare even getting higher, we have no choice but to move towards value-based care. Patients have had enough and deserve better.

When patient…


And why I need you to dream with me

Dr Martin Luther King Jr, I have a dream speech, hope for #zeroharm in healthcare
Dr Martin Luther King Jr, I have a dream speech, hope for #zeroharm in healthcare
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As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, I could not let this day go without sharing my dream with you. His ‘I have a dream’ speech is remembered by many, inspires many, and will keep giving hopes to many to dream. His eloquent description of the dream is so powerful, courageous, and meaningful in so many ways.

I am not as famous as he is, as influential as he is, or as courageous as he is. All I dream is that you, I, loved ones, and everyone feel safe when we walk into a place where health and…


No tengas miedo de compartir su experiencia de atención médica con el mundo. Esperamos aprender de usted.


1. Surround yourself with like-minded women.

Clearwater Beach in May 2021 at Elevate Retreat with the queens (Image credit: Malerie Veillon)

My life was hitting bottom: family, work, and me. God had a special plan for me, as it turned out, however. I will share what has worked for me, and maybe you can implement similar strategies to heal yourself.

1. Surround yourself with like-minded women.

I see this pattern repeatedly. Women are very social. We feel better when we are in communities, and it is essential (We even go to bathrooms together!). I met like-minded women in Christina Fontana’s retreat in May 2021 at Clearwater Beach in Florida. …


I’ll come back on one condition: that you prep your staff with the whole story so I don’t have to repeat it 50 times.

Emmett is 15-year-old son of Stacy Hurt, the author of the story and patient advocate.

Stacy Hurt, the patient advocate in digital health and beyond, shares her frustration as a caregiver for her son, Emmett, in her experience with his medical visits. Please read her story. (This story originally appeared on her blog, republished here with permission from the author. See other stories of Stacy and Emmett on her website: https://stacyhurt.net/)

Whoever is teaching the med students to ask this, stop. Just stop. Wait, no. Don’t stop. It’s a great question. Just not one you want to hear 8,000 times when you’ve had no sleep in three weeks.

Our 15-year-old intellectually and developmentally disabled son…


Hit publish and set yourself free, wrote the Aussie writer.

Write without fear, edit without mercy. How I overcame my fear of publishing online. Thanks to Tim Denning and Todd Brison’s Medium Bad-Assery. Writing Advice for aspiring writers on Medium.
Write without fear, edit without mercy. How I overcame my fear of publishing online. Thanks to Tim Denning and Todd Brison’s Medium Bad-Assery. Writing Advice for aspiring writers on Medium.
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Publishing online can be a daunting task for new writers.
However, behind the digital world, there are people.
Kindness in this binary world can make a world of difference.
I remember the first time I hit that green button on the upper right corner of this platform. So many thoughts and doubts crossed my mind. Fear of rejection was the biggest reason for holding back publishing. That changed with a gesture of kindness from a stranger across the oceans.

When I first considered writing on Medium years ago, it was not open to everyone. English being a second language, I…


This has been on my thought and healthcare is no exception https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/28/well/live/air-pollution-health.html?smid=li-share

I have been observing many people experiencing skin issues lately, including myself, from unclear sources. Even though it may not be completely related, it is giving me anxiety. In Seoul, S. Korea, where air quality is quite poor, so many people experience skin issues first before anything else.

Thanks for writing the piece. You spoke my words and I see so many others who feel the same way.

I wrote this poem the other day and was published today that may resonate with people who read or have commented:

https://link.medium.com/b0QCjaJ6Fhb


Perhaps it is time that you need to focus on ”being”.

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Perhaps it is the time that you

Want to press the ’pause’ button

Perhaps it is the time that you

Want to focus on “being”

Perhaps it is the time that you

Are tired of running around

Pause and look up

To enjoy the blue sky

Breathe in and breathe out

To soak up the fresh air outside

Listen to the birds singing

To sing alongside the tune

Smell the fresh rose

To enjoy the fragrance and perfect bloom

Close your eyes

And listen

To your heart and soul

To find why

You are here

It is alright

To rest…

Soojin Jun, PharmD

Dreamer of empathetic and humble healthcare. A pharmacist who cannot stand drugs. Patient advocate for you. Inquire jun.soojin@gmail.com

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