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.

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8:03am

Sun April 12, 2015
Shots - Health News

What Could Go Wrong When Doctors Treat Their Own Kids?

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 5:55 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Famed doctor and medical educator William Osler once said, "A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient."

What, I wonder, does that say about us doctors who treat our own kids?

This past winter, my daughter got the flu. She was miserable: daily fevers, achiness, sore throat, stuffy head and nausea with a total loss of appetite.

We didn't run a flu test on her, which you can do with a quick nasal swab at a doctor's office. Since my wife and I are both docs, we were comfortable that her symptoms fit the diagnosis.

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5:45am

Sun February 15, 2015
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When A Patient Says 'Everything's Fine,' A Doctor Should Be Wary

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 12:44 pm

Lucinda Schreiber for NPR

Oscar buzz surrounds Julianne Moore for her role as Alice Howland in the film Still Alice. Howland is a linguistics professor who develops early-onset Alzheimer's, a cruel irony for a character who makes her living with her brain.

Howland's awareness of her fate makes her decline all the more painful to watch.

Often, though, patients and their doctors can be slow to recognize dementia, which most often progresses gradually.

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5:36am

Sun December 28, 2014
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Wonder Abides, Even For A Skeptical Doctor

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 10:05 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

The holidays are here, bringing joy and, for some, wistful feelings.

Doctors are no different. Even for a profession that prides itself on scientific proof, the long nights of December afford ample opportunity for reflection and even doubt.

As we take stock of what we've accomplished and where we've failed to measure up, I find my scowling mask of medical skepticism falling away. I have to admit that there is so much wonder and mystery that science and medicine still can't explain.

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5:20am

Sun December 7, 2014
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If Slow Is Good For Food, Why Not Medicine?

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 9:05 am

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Maybe you've heard about the slow food movement. Maybe you're a devotee.

The idea is that cooking, nutrition and eating should be intentional, mindful and substantive. Avoid fast food and highly processed grub. For the slow food set, the process is as important as the product.

Now I'm seeing a medical version of slow food. The concept is bubbling up in response to industrialized, hypertechnological and often unnecessary medical care that drives up costs and leaves both doctors and patients frazzled.

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2:53pm

Thu October 30, 2014
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What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 12:45 pm

A man wears a protective mask as he carries a bouquet of flowers at Women's College Hospital in Toronto in March 2003, when SARS fears about were widespread.
Kevin Frayer AP

Back in 2003 I was a junior doctor working at a Chicago teaching hospital.

As one of the newer docs, my daily appointment schedule had lots of openings. Pretty much any assignment nobody else wanted came my way.

One morning the nurse who managed our clinic told me that my first patient for the afternoon may have been exposed to a deadly virus while he was traveling in Asia.

My job would be to dress up in a medical hazmat suit, examine him and figure out whether he should be quarantined.

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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
Shots - Health News

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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