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. You can hear his segment Medical Monday every Monday at 11:30 a.m. on KWGS.

Dr. Schumann is the President of OU-Tulsa. You can find him on twitter @GlassHospital.

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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.

Don't get me wrong - I applaud the right of people to spend their money as they want - on entertainment, or medical tests, or medical tests as entertainment.

There should be six core competencies, fundamental attributes that all doctors should share, right?

The Carny

Jul 2, 2013

Chico was tearful. His freedom was gone - the carnival was the only life that he had known.

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.