John Henning Schumann

Dr. John Henning Schumann is a writer, internist, and medical educator at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. His medical practice consists of adult primary care, in addition to training residents and medical students. He serves as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at OU.

He previously worked to improve patients’ experiences at teaching hospitals in Boston and Chicago before moving to Tulsa in 2011. He writes the popular blog GlassHospital, which demystifies medicine and health care.

“Dr. John” lives in Tulsa with his wife and two children.

John's commentaries are feature of Public Radio Tulsa's daily arts and culture program StudioTulsa.

5:35pm

Wed April 30, 2014
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Botched Execution Leads Doctor To Review His Principles

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:09 pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issues a statement to the media after the execution of Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma Secretary of Safety and Security Michael C. Thompson stands behind her at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Alonzo Adams AP

Executions in this country often draw controversy. But when the headlines about them include words like botched or bungled, the debate about capital punishment enters new territory.

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1:52pm

Sat January 11, 2014
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5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 10:06 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

I pulled back the curtain, ready to meet the next patient on my hospital rounds.

"Why are you standing there?" she asked me. "Come, have a seat, let's talk."

Lenore could have been my grandmother. She was 77 years old, and all of 93 pounds. What she lacked in girth, she more than made up for in chutzpah. She was one of the patients from intern year who I'll never forget.

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6:10am

Sun December 22, 2013
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For 2 Young Doctors, Working On Christmas Was A Privilege

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 8:03 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

December is supposed to be the time of year filled with family gatherings and holiday good cheer. For medical residents, quite the opposite is true.

There are no school breaks during residency. Being a medical resident is a real job, and a stressful one at that. Residents work long shifts, even with caps that max out at 16 hours for the newbies and up to 28 hours for those beyond the first year.

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3:07pm

Sun November 10, 2013
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Why Can't Ted Stay Out Of The Emergency Room?

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 8:14 am

A nurse's phone call at the right time can prevent a trip to the ER.
W. Steve Shepard Jr. iStockphoto.com

A 40-something patient I'll call Ted has a list of conditions that would have tongue-tied Carl Sagan. Even though I see Ted in my clinic every month, he still winds up visiting the emergency room 20 times per year.

Yes, 20.

Before he became my patient, he went even more frequently. So, the current situation, bad as it may be, represents halting progress.

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4:48pm

Mon September 30, 2013
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A Doctor's 9 Predictions About The 'Obamacare Era'

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:25 pm

Debate is raging about Obamacare, and not just in Washington. Out here in Oklahoma we're grappling with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Patients. Employers. Hospitals. Doctors. Insurers. All of us.

Here then are one doctor's predictions about what we will see in the short and medium term for what I see as the unfolding Obamacare era — the biggest domestic health expansion since the enactment of Medicare in 1965.

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9:50am

Wed August 14, 2013
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Doctors Look For A Way Off The Medical Hamster Wheel

The doctor is too tired to see you now.
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I became a doctor to help people.

When I was a medical student, I held the naive and idealistic belief that if I just did good work, the business side of things would somehow take care of itself.

How wrong I was.

Now I'm an internist taking care of all comers age 18 and up. Some days I find myself facing patients and feeling more like a harried airline clerk than a real doctor.

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10:16am

Fri May 10, 2013
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It Came From Norway To Take On A Medical Goliath

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:37 am

Sometimes it's the hospital that gets the exam.
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Even if I hadn't known the hospital inspectors were coming, I would have figured it out quickly enough from my email.

The admonitions were flying:

"Know your safety protocols backwards and forwards!"

"Sign things legibly, or at the very least print your name below the signature."

"Wash your hands before and after patient contact. (The surveyors will be watching .... )"

It's boilerplate stuff that doctors like me should do all the time but often overlook.

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