Health Policy

Eric S. Donahue, M.D. (1 Posts)

Resident Editor

University of Washington School of Medicine


Eric is a graduate of the University of Washington and a resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Eric is also an editor for in-House.




Domestic Violence and the Physician’s Responsibility

Physicians must begin to view domestic violence as we do influenza or vehicle safety. We must prevent it at all costs. And if it is not prevented, we must aggressively treat it. This will require extensive collaboration with colleagues, public health services and law enforcement. Though the challenge is enormous, physicians ought to address this societal disease and be at the forefront of care.

Pursuing “Right Care”: A Lown Experience

In April, I had the pleasure of attending the 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference in Chicago. The Lown Institute was named after and inspired by Dr. Bernard Lown, a renowned cardiologist who also championed social change by co-founding the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, an organization to prevent nuclear war during the Cold War. The theme of the conference was promoting “right care” by addressing overuse, underuse and misuse of medical services through a coalition of patient advocates, community organizers and medical professionals.

In Defense of Step 2 Clinical Skills

In the past two months, a group of Harvard medical students have launched the “End Step 2 CS” campaign, an effort to do away with the portion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam that tests clinical and communications skills in a hands-on, day-long clinic simulation using standardized patients. Not only is the Step 2 CS exam a necessary public safeguard, it has greatly strengthened the curriculum of medical schools nationwide.

Ken Simons, MD Ken Simons, MD (1 Posts)

Attending Physician Guest Writer

Medical College of Wisconsin


Ken Simons, MD serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. A medical graduate of Boston University, he then completed his residency and fellowship training in Ophthalmology at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California-LA, respectively.