A certified, gold-plated fake face

Among the stranger of the arcana I’ve recently come cross: a music video from the Christian rap group the man currently standing accused of impregnating a woman previously described as in a “persistent vegetative state” who gave birth in the last few days of 2018 to a child matching the man’s DNA. The song’s central premise that “you’re just a certified, gold-plated, fake face” is perhaps too on the nose, given the “mask of normalcy” the man has worn in public for (allegedly) at least a year now. 

A tragedy in Guatemala

Considering but one of the outcomes of a fire at a government-run group home for at-risk teenagers which killed 41 girls behind locked doors outside of which police stood, the survival of fifteen girls, we must face the true horror of some of the gods’ earthily experiments. Prior to their “place[ment] there for their own protection”, the girls were already “survivors of sexual abuse, violence or abandonment — often at the hands of their own families”. Prior to their housemates’ deaths, several had reached out to others to report abuse including but not limited to preventable health-related complications, rape, and “taking a few of the girls out at midnight, bathing them and dressing them and forcing them to sleep with strangers”. As a consequence of an en masse escape attempt by one hundred youth at the facility and after hours of girls being incarcerated in a small room without access to a bathroom, “someone lit a match, thinking a fire might force the police to let them out.” The key hung from the belt of a police supervisor ten feet from doors it could unlock. Surviving it all thus far, one girl whose eyelids, lips, and nose were burned off in the fire is said to hardly go out anymore “to avoid the stares and teasing from other children.”

My local point to this cosmic tragedy is this: should I find any students developing medical devices bound for Guatemala suggesting to include polystyrene which was responsible for “searing the[] flesh and muting the[] cries with noxious smoke” of 56 girls locked in a room, I’ll be more than a little upset about it.

Their names

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, “a beautiful, smart, talented, successful, awesome, amazing soccer player.”

Scott Beigel, 35, “Mr. Beigel was my hero and he still will forever be my hero.”

Martin Duque Anguiano, 14, “He was sweet and caring and loved by all his family.”

Nicholas Dworet, 17, “This kid was a dream. He was the best of us.”

Aaron Feis, 37, “He died a hero.”

Jaime Guttenberg, 14, “She was the energy in our house. She was silly, and serious when she needed to be. She was funny and energetic. Our home will be quiet now.”

Chris Hixon, 49 “probably the best man that I …”

Luke Hoyer, 15, “Always happy, always smiling.”

Cara Loughran, 14, “Cara was a beautiful soul and always had a smile on her face.”

Gina Montalto, 14, “I know somewhere in the heavens she’s designing the latest and greatest trends and has her art book she always carried with her as well.”

Joaquin Oliver, 17, “a greater blessing than I could ever imagine into my life”

Alaina Petty, 14, “While we will not have the opportunity to watch her grow up and become the amazing woman we know she would become, we are keeping an eternal perspective.”

Meadow Pollack, 18, “You are and forever will be loved.”

Helena Ramsay, 17, “Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person.”

Alex Schachter, 14, “I felt he really had a bright future on the trombone.”

Carmen Schentrup, 16, “We miss seeing her make her dreams come true.”

Peter Wang, 15, “His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area.”


Coming soon.


Year 1. The Foundations of.

09/11/2019. Needs.

09/18/2019. Wants.

09/25/2019. Rights.

10/02/2019. Laws.

10/09/2019. Taxes.

10/16/2019. Distributions of persons and resources.

10/23/2019. Infrastructures.

10/30/2019. Security of persons and resources.

11/06/2019. Security of infrastructures.

11/13/2019. Health records.

11/20/2019. Incidents and their reporting to whom?

11/27/2019. Incidents and their consequences.

12/04/2019. Justice.

12/11/2019. A murderboard.


Year 2. The ABCs of.

01/15/2020. Access.

01/22/2020. Barriers, bottlenecks, burdens, and bureaucracies.

01/29/2020. Coverage.

02/05/2020. Digital health.

02/12/2020. Economics.

02/19/2020. Follow-on care.

02/26/2020. Gifts.

03/11/2020. Hospitals.

03/18/2020. Infants.

03/25/2020. Joint coverage.

04/01/2020. Kids.

04/08/2020. Later stages in life.

04/15/2020. Maternal care.

04/22/2020. Needs.

09/09/2020. Obamacare and its (re)vision.

09/16/2020. Policy.

09/23/2020. Quality of life, quality of care.

09/30/2020. Reviewing other systems.

10/07/2020. Socialization.

10/14/2020. Taxes.

10/21/2020. Universalization.

10/28/2020. Violence.

11/04/2020. Working hours.

11/11/2020. Xenophobia.

11/18/2020. You.

11/25/2020. Zeal.

On the rocky road to Dublin

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

MedTech Strategist has to be one of the most finely researched documents I see put together with any regularity. Anyone looking to take medical enterprises seriously ought to heed the words laying black and white on those there pages. Celebrating its seventh try at such a summit, the publication is putting on the Innovation Summit Dublin 2019, April 9 (11:30 a.m.) – April 11 (4:00 p.m.). Making the midweek conference of particular consequence includes individual rooms containing at least the following:

  • Editors-in-Chief of said finely research documents;
  • Partners and (Vice-)Presidents of venture capital firms discussing practice in the U.S. and the E.U.;
  • Medical device corporation executive officers discussing novel commercialization strategies;
  • Several biomedical start-ups desperate to get eyeballs on their grand plans and earhairs rustling to their big ideas;
  • The Vice-President of Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Device Companies;
  • The Vice-Presidents of Medtronic (Corporate Development), Olympus EMEA (Surgical Group), Johnson & Johnson (New Business Development), and Edwards Lifesciences (Discovery Advanced Technology);
  • Partners in European investment firms with a track record in (bio)medical business development;
  • A Managing Director, a Managing Partner and Co-Found, a Partner, and a Principal in any number of medical entrepreneurial endeavors will be discussing exactly “where are we currently” in regards to the investment cycle of biotech/biomed (because we used to know, see Moderna’s IPO, and now we kind of don’t and/or are sad about the current reality but excited for the next five/ten years, see Moderna’s current market cap);
  • That dude from Verb Surgical; and
  • CEOs, Chairpeople, Co-Founders, Founders, General Partners, Managing Partners, Senior Investment Managers, and Venture Partners of all stripes, types, and persuasions to suit most any taste, most any occasion.

If you’ve got a couple dimes to spend, you can go spend three (3) days with these fine folks and presumably others all at The, from what I understand to be lovely, Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, this very April, please find out more here.

Though I’ve never applied

I’ve written to the following institutions expressing my sincerest hope that they will take on at least one of my students. Goes to show that those that Go Blue tend to also go big!

  • Arcadia University
  • Columbia University
  • Frankel Cardiovascular Center
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Leadership Alliance
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • SENS Research Foundation
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Stanford University
  • Upstate Medical
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Wisconsin
  • United States Federal Government
  • Vanderbilt
  • Yale University