John Henning Schumann

StudioTulsa Guest Host and Host of Medical Matters

John Henning Schumann, M.D., is an internal medicine physician and writer ( He has contributed to Slate, The Atlantic, Marketplace, and National Public Radio’s health blog, Shots.

Schumann serves as guest host for Studio Tulsa on health-related themes and is also host of Medical Matters on KWGS, an occasional series about health care and the human condition.

He was appointed Interim President of the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa in January 2015. You can find him on twitter @GlassHospital.

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When you're a doctor, there's higher pressure to practice what you preach.  

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.

In one ironic twist, to combat the hardware bottleneck, hospitals have invested heavily in COWS.

Mad Men

Feb 6, 2013

But doctors are increasingly mad men; we have to sell you our ideas.

Doctors are hammers and we like to hit nails.

I hadn't wanted to open this Pandora's box for the Alexanders.

This kind of medical attention used to be only available to one person.

When the Grim Reaper comes, I want to be as far away from there as I can.